28-Year-Old Defenseman – Ottawa Senators
Mark Borowiecki Contract Information:
Re-signed with the Senators on a two-year, $2.4 million extension in October 2017.
Borowiecki (upper body) is listed among the injured scratches ahead of Saturday's home game against the Maple Leafs, NHL.com reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Borowiecki plays like a bruising NFL safety on the Senators' back end, generating 233 hits, 102 blocked shots, and 107 penalty minutes in only 63 games. Though he's just 26 years old, the ship has probably sailed for Borowiecki to develop much more of an offensive game, but those in leagues with specialized categories can still probably find their uses for the defenseman while he continues to see consistent ice time.
Borowiecki suited up for 13 games with the Sens last season, collecting a goal and 48 PIM in the process. He's never going to be a viable fantasy option based on his offensive production, but his willingness to drop the gloves gives him some value if he can carve out a permanent roster spot in the NHL.
Borowiecki spent the majority of last season with AHL Binghamton, where he racked up four goals and 10 assists in 53 games. He managed to suit up for six games on the Senators blue line as well, but didn't crack the scoresheet other than piling up 18 PIMs during his short stay. He could be called up again in 2013-14 if the injury bug bites, but he doesn't figure to be a big part of this year's team.
Borowiecki likely has the best chance of any of Ottawa's blueline prospects to make the Sens out of training camp. Named the hardest-working player the last two development camps, Borowiecki is purely a defensive-minded player who has a nasty streak in his game. He saw two games of NHL action in 2011-12 and will certainly be on the radar of Ottawa's coaches and management entering this season's training camp. Should he make the team, he'll see third-pairing minutes with perhaps some penalty-killing time on the second unit. Borowiecki has little fantasy value and will likely only contribute penalty minutes as he's not afraid to fight when needed.
Borowiecki surprised many people, including Ottawa's management, with his play during Binghamton's 2011 Calder Cup Championship run. Coming straight out of college after three years at Clarkson University, the 6'1", 200 pound Borowiecki played nine regular season games with the B-Sens before establishing himself as a shutdown defenseman during Binghamton's AHL playoff run. He plays a very simple, but physical game who is not afraid to throw a big hit to take his man off the puck. Borowiecki should spend the entire 2011-12 season in the AHL, but with another solid season in Binghamton, he may force Ottawa's hand come the 2012-13 season.