(Note: These rankings are based on players' projected performances in 2016-17. Players are listed at their official NHL position when the rankings were created.) Here’s the Yahoo Sports ranking of the top 25 defensemen in the NHL for the 2016-17 season
The last RFA signing for the Ottawa Senators is out of the way, with Cody Ceci inking a two-year deal on Tuesday. It came in at two years and a cap hit of $2.8M, which is entirely... fine. Seriously, there’s not a lot to say about it. I’ve noticed the blogosphere has been pretty quiet when it comes to analysis of the signing. SensChirp has only put up a news piece, and with all respect to Ian Smith of SenShot, I don’t know if I agree that Sens top-four is “really solid”. The truth is I have my reservations with Ceci. As I said a couple months ago, Ceci has NHL-level offensive skills, but it remains to be seen if he can be an all-around defenceman (in the Erik Karlsson mould) or an offensive specialist
The Canadiens made a shake up in their scouting department today, promoting Eric Crawford to director of pro scouting. Crawford is the younger brother to former NHL head coach and Ottawa Senators assistant coach Marc. He joined the Habs scouting team last year, after more than a decade in the Vancouver Canucks organization. His final role with the Canucks was director of player personnel. The move comes almost exactly a year to the date he was brought into the organization. His hiring was announced August 24, 2015. Crawford replaces Vaughn Karpan who was hired by the Las Vegas expansion team as director of player personnel.