Lawson close to return for B-Sens; Stone makes immediate impact

By Travis Eldridge

March 25, 2014 Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 7:15 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Goalie Nathan Lawson skated on Monday, according to Binghamton Senators coach Luke Richardson. His status is still in question, but Richardson seemed optimistic Lawson could rejoin the B-Sens sometime in the near future.

Richardson said once Ottawa returns from their road trip, Lawson will be further evaluated by team doctors.

He's currently out with a lower body injury.

Another former B-Sen is now making an immediate impact at the NHL level. Just a day after getting the call up from the B-Sens to Ottawa, Stone tallied an assist in the Senators shootout win on Monday night.

Before getting the call-up by the Sens, Stone had a five-game point streak with the B-Sens. In 35 AHL games, the 21-year old forward had 38 points.

Seeing that success translate to the NHL game is a big motivator, coach Luke Richardson said. He believes it shows the rest of the team, they can also make an impact.

"I think it's great, not only for Mark, but for the other players to realize that you can go up and contribute. Hopefully your chance comes next," said Richardson. "Mark has been a great player for us this year and has done well in the NHL this year, which we're happy to see. He's had some injury troubles, but he's been solid as of late, staying healthy and that's given him this opportunity. We're happy for him and I think it's a really charge for the rest of the guys."

Binghamton begins a three-game weekend on Friday at home against St. John's.

Culek recalled from Elmira
The B-Sens reassigned Danny Hobbs to Elmira on Tuesday in order to make room for forward Jakub Culek.

Culek has scored eight goals and tallied 22 assists in 49 games with Elmira this season. In two games with Binghamton earlier this year, he did not record a point.

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