After adding two experienced skaters on Wednesday with the signings of David Hale and Francis Lessard, Ottawa was busy again Thursday. Geoff Kinrade, who spent last season in Binghamton has signed a two-way deal for the upcoming season. They have also signed 2009 sixth-round choice Corey Cowick to an entry level deal.
Kinrade, 25, recorded professional highs in goals (seven), assists (20) and points (27) while accumulating 59 penalty minutes in a career-high 76 games with Binghamton last season. He ranked first on the team with a plus/minus +27 rating.
The 6-0, 195-pound native of Nelson, B.C., made his professional debut with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals after signing an amateur tryout contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning in March 2009. In 10 games with the Lightning’s primary affiliate, he recorded four points (one goal, three assists) and 12 penalty minutes. Kinrade was recalled by the Lightning on one occasion in 2008-09 and made his NHL debut on April 9, 2009, against Washington. He was held scoreless in that contest.
Kinrade, who signed as a free agent with the Senators on July 10, 2009, played four U.S. college seasons with the Michigan Tech Huskies of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association before turning professional. He attended Ottawa’s development and rookie camp in July and September of 2009, respectively.
Cowick, the Senators’ sixth-round pick (160th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, recently attended his second development camp with the club.
The 21-year-old completed his final year of Canadian Hockey League eligibility with the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s in 2009-10, registering 21 points (15 goals, six assists) and 33 penalty minutes while being limited to 27 games due to injury.
Cowick sustained a shoulder separation in a 67’s pre-season game in Kingston on Aug. 30, 2009. He made his regular-season debut on Jan. 8 at home against Belleville and did not miss any action (including 12 post-season contests) following his return.
The native of Gloucester, Ont., helped the 67’s eliminate the Niagara IceDogs in five games in the opening round of the OHL playoffs, scoring four times, including the game-winning goal and two shorthanded markers in the decisive fifth game of the series. He ranked first among 67’s in post-season goals with nine, tied for first with 27 penalty minutes and finished third in overall team scoring with 12 points.
Cowick concluded his four-year CHL career with 64 goals, 50 assists and 214 penalty minutes in 225 games. He also added 17 goals and six assists in 43 post-season contests. He played the first two seasons of his OHL career with the Oshawa Generals before being traded to Ottawa in June 2008.
Some information contained in this article originally appeared in an official Ottawa Senators press release.