Mark Stone. If you are a Sens fan, you`re gonna be LOVING this guy, maybe even as soon as next year. Stone holds a special place in my heart as he played for my local Dub team(the Wheat Kings). A 6th round pick in 2010, Stone is showing that he is an absolute GEM! After scoring just 28 points in 39 games his draft year, and his skating being compared to a beached whale(man, oh man has his skating come a long way!), Stone slipped to the Sens at 178th overall. After being drafted, he put together 2 100 point seasons(37 goals,106 pts in 10-11 and 41 goals, 123 pts in 11-12), and a 7 goal, 10 point performance in 6 games with the bronze winning Canadian WJHC team.
Stone`s pro career had a rocky start, as he missed a lot of games due to injury. He still contributed 38 points in 54 games, sharing the team lead in points with Stephane Da Costa. He appeared in 4 NHL games, no goals, no assists, no points.
This season, Stone has had a much better year, contributing 38 points in 35 games with Binghamton, making him more than a point per game player. In the NHL, he has put up 2 goals and 2 assists, good for 4 points in 7 games. He has found himself playing with Kyle Turris and Clarke Maccarthur on the teams top line, which can mean only good things for the young gun. Every time Stone is on the ice, something good is happening for Ottawa. CBC commentator Bob Cole, known as a MAJOR Habs fan, out his bias aside to say that during a Montreal-Ottawa game, the same game where he scored his first NHL goal.
Stone already has quite a resume in junior hockey, and is just starting to build one in the pros. I would love to see him make the Sens, but not if he is used in a bottom six checking role. Bryan Murray has done it again folks. We have a diamond in the rough.