Mark Stone was one of last year's most exciting rookies last season.
The 23-year-old forward shocked the NHL and his team by leading the league in scoring after the All-Star break last season. Stone also led all rookies in points with 64 points in 80 games.
The Winnipeg native was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in the sixth round and has showed the Senators his value in his first full season with the team. Stone started off the season playing with Mike Hoffman and Curtis Lazar and earned himself a spot in the Senator's lineup after showing his offensive prowess.
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After a few months of playing, Stone became a first line forward, playing alongside Kyle Turris and fellow rookie Mike Hoffman. Stone started off this season well and scored three goals and ten assists in 11 games.
Unfortunately, the talented sophomore's luck changed when he flattened Detroit Red Wing's forward Landon Farraro's head during the Senators-Red Wings game on October 31. Ferraro did not sustain any injuries but was visibly shaken after being crushed by the 205-pound Stone.
Stone was given a two-minute minor penalty during the game and scored one goal and one assist during the game.
The bulky forward appeared to be chasing the puck, but after Ferraro cleared the zone, Stone continued his momentum and smashed Ferraro in the jaw, sending him crumpling down the ice.
Punishment Handed Down
Stone's punishments did not end at the penalty box. The talented forward was suspended by the Department of Player Safety on November 2. Stone was suspended for two games without pay and will forfeit $34634.20 of his salary for the hit. This is Stone's first offense and his first time getting fined.
The Ottawa Senators will be playing against the Montreal Canadiens and the Winnipeg Jets without Stone. Stone will return on November 7 for the game against the Carolina Hurricanes.