Mark Stone: Ottawa Senators' sixth round gem

By Matthew Kirkpatrick

Mark Stone had a season to remember this year that saw him named captain of his junior team, breakout at the World Junior tournament, lead the WHL in scoring, and score his first NHL point in his very first game.

The point was a huge one too. A nifty assist on Jason Spezza’s winning goal in game five versus the New York Rangers.

The big 20 year-old right winger (6 foot 2, 188 lbs) was selected in the sixth round (178 overall) of the 2010 draft by the Ottawa Senators.

Mark Stone was ranked among the top 50 draft picks by many pundits heading into that season, but a concussion and a thumb injury limited him to just 28 points in 39 games in 2010.

As a result his draft stock plummeted, and Stone was sitting there for the Senators to select in round six.

Since his draft day Mark Stone has ripped off two very solid seasons that saw him score 78 goals and 229 points combined.

Stone was  front and centre on Canada’s bronze medal winning World Junior team this year where he led his country with seven goals and 10 total points.

Mark Stone has always known how to score, and he will be looking to prove that he can do it consistently in the big leagues when he attends the Senators training camp in September.

He has good offensive instincts, can thread the needle with a pass as evidenced by his pass to Spezza.

Stone is also willing to do the dirty work in front of the net and in the corners, and he will drop the mitts when necessary.

The only real knock against Stone is his skating.

He is known to have a choppy stride, but has been working hard on his foot speed in order to get up to NHL calibre; however, it should be noted there have been plenty of players who have scored tons of goals by having a knack for getting to the open areas like Dany Heatley, and Brett Hull who were never considered “fast.”

There are many who believe Stone has that knack.





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