With Craig Anderson on a leave of absence from the team, the Ottawa Senators have recalled goaltender Matt O’Connor from the Binghamton Senators today. The Sens other goaltender, Andrew Hammond left yesterday’s game with a lower-body injury, leaving Chris Driedger as the only healthy netminder left in Ottawa.
Now with O’Connor up, the team will be playing with the pair that was meant to be their AHL tandem this season, not unlike the situation in Los Angeles. O’Connor only left Boston University two seasons ago, and has 37 professional starts to his name. While he hasn’t had much success so far at the AHL level, he was exceptional in college; the netminder went 25-4-4 with a 2.18 GAA and .927 save percentage in his final year.
Driedger, for what it’s worth, is even younger than O’Connor and has a similar level of pro experience. The Sens’ third-round pick in 2012, Driedger has spent more time in the ECHL than the AHL since his selection. The 22-year old has played in a single NHL game in each of the last three seasons though, as the Senators have dealt with issues in net on a regular basis.