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Cody Ceci, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-3

Weight: 206

Born: 1993-12-21

Hometown: Orleans, Ontario

Drafted: 2012 by Ottawa Senators, 15th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

September 2014 – Cody Ceci is in an interesting position heading into training camp this year.  Although the hometown kid has certainly earned his spot onto a depleted Senators blue line, Ottawa is suffering from a major logjam on defense. So, it’s actually possible Ceci starts the year in Binghamton, which is a shame for his fantasy owners.  Ceci shows all the skills to be a valuable fantasy defensemen, especially considering he’ll end up on a power play unit with Erik Karlsson.  Regardless of where he begins, Ceci is still a valuable fantasy asset and will play most of his hockey this year for Ottawa. Nathan Martin

 

 

May 2014 – Cody Ceci was sent to Binghamton to bolster the B Sens' blue line for a playoff push. Unfortunately, the B Sens were bounced in the first round by the Wilkes-Barrie Penguins. Ceci scored once and added an assist in the brief four-game series. The Sens are likely going to lean on the hometown kid heavily next year, as their blueline is very thin. Aside from Erik Karlsson the Sens really don’t have a single defenseman capable of clearing the zone cleanly on a regular basis, and certainly none that can chip in offensively on a regular basis. Look for Ceci to see regular powerplay time and lots of offensive zone starts. Ceci’s first full NHL season will be very telling to how much impact he can have on your fantasy team going forward, although the Sens (especially if they trade Spezza) are most likely going to struggle to find the back of the net next season. Nathan Kanter

 

 

January 2013 – Cody Ceci continues to impress at the NHL level. The hometown kid seems to have a knack for extra-curricular hockey.  Ceci scored his first OHL goal in OT, scored his only two AHL goals in the extra period, and won a crucial game for the Sens with his first NHL goal in overtime (at home) against the St. Louis Blues. Ceci has been so good of late that he has seemed to relieve the pressure off of GM Bryan Murray to make a move for a puck-moving defenseman. Ceci breaks out of his own third very well and makes great decisions with the puck, occasionally rushing up ice when the opportunity arises. His shots from the blue line are on net and when the shot isn’t there he makes the smart play by getting the puck deep.  It’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which Ceci doesn’t play out the year in Ottawa and the kid could very likely be in a top four defensive spot come September. Nathan Martin

 

October 2013 – In his first NHL training camp Cody Ceci was noticeably a step behind the play.  Often trying to do too much in his defensive third, Ceci struggled to make even simple decisions. Ceci is still clearly a top prospect for the Sens, and in no way has harmed his status with the team.  He showed glimpses of offensive abilities but a year in the AHL under ex-veteran defenseman Luke Richardson will go a long way in developing this player. In three games so far this season Ceci has two points (a goal and an assist). Nathan Martin

 

March 2013 - In 69 games with the Ottawa 67's and Owen Sound Attack, Cody Ceci finished second in OHL defensive scoring with 19 goals and 64 points. Ceci was also recognized in the OHL Western Conference Coaches Poll for his hard shot (3rd in voting) and was named the second best offensive defenseman. Brendan Ross

 

January 2013 - Cody Ceci has been traded from the Ottawa 67's of the OHL to the Owen Sound Attack just prior to the trade deadline. Ceci has had a trying season for the 67's (a poor team) and his game should see massive spikes, especially in the offensive level. Ceci is likely to be paired with defensive stalwart Nathan Chiarlitti and that should give him more room to wheel offenisvely.  The 2012 first round pick of the Senators, Ceci tallied 11 goals and 40 points for the Ottawa 67's with a minus-14 rating. In 238 games for the 67's, Ceci registered 41 goals and 146 points. Brendan Ross

 

October 2012 - Cody Ceci was named to the 2012 Subway Super Series Team OHL Roster slated to compete in a six-game series versus the Russian National Junior Team in November. Brendan Ross

 

June 2012 - Bryan Murray's Ottawa Senators add a local boy playing in their own backyard with the Ottawa 67's in defenseman Cody Ceci using the 15th overall selection. Brendan Ross

 

February 2012 – A big blueliner who is quick to join the rush, Cody Ceci makes a good first pass and is a contributor at both ends of the rink. Despite ideal NHL size, he lacks the natural aggression and physicality of a prototypical 6-foot-3 rearguard, which could stunt his progression. Good offensive instincts and a heavy shot have allowed Ceci to average a point per game in 2011-12. John Canario

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

 

Ceci has made the jump into the NHL look effortless. He skates well, plays in most situations and sees occasional powerplay time with a well-known defenseman named Erik Karlsson. Ceci could be a very valuable fantasy player in the next three-to-five years.

 

Footage:

 

Cody Ceci slapshot goal from rookie OHL season

 

 

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January 2013 – Cody Ceci continues to impress at the NHL level. The hometown kid seems to have a knack for extra-curricular hockey. Ceci scored his first OHL goal in OT, scored his only two AHL goals in the extra period, and won a crucial game for the Sens with his first NHL goal in overtime (at home) against the St. Louis Blues. Ceci has been so good of late that he has seemed to relieve the pressure off of GM Bryan Murray to make a move for a puck-moving defensemen. Ceci breaks out of his own third very well and makes great decisions with the puck, occasionally rushing up ice when the opportunity arises. His shots from the blueline are on net, and when the shot isn’t there he makes the smart play by getting the puck deep. It’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which Ceci doesn’t play out the year in Ottawa, and the kid could very likely be in a top four defensive spot come September.

 

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