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Ottawa Senators Prospect Update: Breakout Week for Jonny Tychonick

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Drake Batherson, Vitaly Abramov and Filip Chlapik were also standouts this week.

NHL: JUN 29 Ottawa Senators Development Camp Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It was a winning week for the Ottawa Senators, Belleville Senators, AND the University of North Dakota, so you know it was a good week for Sens prospects. Best performances, injuries, call-ups, and everything else is covered in this week’s prospect update.

Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL)

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PLAYER POS AGE LEAGUE GP G A P PIM SOG SH% | GP G A P PIM SOG SH%
Alex Formenton LW 20 AHL 2 2 0 2 2 7 29% | 22 11 5 16 22 53 21%
Drake Batherson RW 21 AHL 2 1 3 4 2 4 25% | 23 10 21 31 14 76 13%
NHL - - - - - - - | 2 0 0 0 2 0 0%
Jonathan Davidsson RW 22 AHL - - - - - - - | 11 2 2 4 6 13 15%
NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 3 0 1 1 0 3 0%
Josh Norris C 20 AHL 2 1 1 2 2 1 100% | 23 10 10 20 8 61 16%
Max Veronneau RW 23 AHL 2 2 0 2 0 3 67% | 18 5 3 8 2 25 20%
NHL - - - - - - - | 4 0 0 0 0 3 0%
Michael Carcone LW 23 AHL 2 0 1 1 2 4 0% | 23 3 4 7 23 49 6%
Morgan Klimchuk LW 24 AHL 2 0 1 1 0 3 0% | 19 5 3 8 6 29 17%
Parker Kelly C/RW 20 AHL 2 0 0 0 0 2 0% | 21 1 0 1 4 19 5%
Rudolfs Balcers LW 22 AHL 2 2 1 3 0 2 100% | 10 6 9 15 2 16 38%
Vitaly Abramov RW/LW 21 AHL - - - - - - - | 18 8 9 17 14 48 17%
NHL - - - - - - - | 2 1 0 1 2 3 33%
Andreas Englund LD 23 AHL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 10 0 0 0 15 12 0%
Christian Jaros RD 23 AHL 2 0 0 0 0 1 0% | 19 1 8 9 4 23 4%
NHL - - - - - - - | 1 0 0 0 4 0 0%
Maxime Lajoie LD 22 AHL - - - - - - - | 17 0 5 5 14 21 0%
NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 3 0 0 0 0 2 0%
Filip Chlapik C 22 NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 18 2 3 5 10 17 12%
AHL 2 0 1 1 2 3 0% | 8 1 1 2 8 17 6%
Jean-Christophe Beaudin C/RW 22 NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 15 0 1 1 7 12 0%
AHL - - - - - - - | 5 0 1 1 0 7 0%
Logan Brown C 21 NHL 3 0 0 0 0 6 0% | 15 1 5 6 4 18 6%
AHL - - - - - - - | 5 3 4 7 6 9 33%
Erik Brännström LD 20 NHL 1 0 0 0 2 4 0% | 23 0 2 2 12 24 0%
AHL 2 0 1 1 4 3 0% | 2 0 1 1 4 3 0%
  • Jonathan Davidsson and Jean-Christophe Beaudin recorded their first NHL points this week.
  • Michael Carcone racked up all 17 of his penalty minutes in one game against Bridgeport, with an instigating penalty, fighting major and game misconduct.

Canadian Hockey League

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PLAYER POS AGE TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM SOG SH% | GP G A P PIM SOG SH%
Johnny Gruden LW 19 London Knights OHL 3 4 1 5 0 14 29% | 44 21 28 49 21 112 19%
Maxence Guénette RD 18 Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 3 0 2 2 4 2 0% | 45 8 22 30 20 100 8%
Mark Kastelic C 20 Calgary Hitmen WHL 2 2 3 5 2 8 25% | 39 23 22 45 59 143 16%
  • It doesn’t seem like a week goes by where everyone has at least two points. This was no exception.
  • Despite putting up two assists each, Johnny Gruden and Maxence Guenette had just as many shots on goal, which is less impressive.
  • Mark Kastelic, on the other hand, continued to fire the puck with 14 shots on goal this week.

NCAA

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PLAYER POS AGE TEAM GP G A P PIM SOG SH% | GP G A P PIM SOG SH%
Angus Crookshank LW 20 Univ. of New Hampshire - - - - - - - | 16 8 2 10 8 67 12%
Chris Wilkie RW 23 Colorado College 2 0 0 0 2 7 0% | 14 9 7 16 11 56 16%
Jakov Novak LW/C 21 Bentley Univ. 1 0 1 1 2 1 0% | 17 9 8 17 25 41 22%
Luke Loheit RW 19 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth - - - - - - - | 16 2 1 3 6 13 15%
Shane Pinto C 19 Univ. of North Dakota - - - - - - - | 17 8 6 14 10 47 17%
Todd Burgess C/RW 23 RPI - - - - - - - | 16 4 2 6 12 31 13%
Jacob Bernard-Docker RD 19 Univ. of North Dakota - - - - - - - | 17 3 11 14 8 31 10%
Jonny Tychonick LD 19 Univ. of North Dakota - - - - - - - | 12 3 4 7 2 8 38%
  • If you told me at the beginning of the season that Jakov Novak would be the first NCAA prospect to hit double-digit points, I wouldn’t have believed you.
  • Jacob Bernard-Docker had a goal and assist this week. Everyone except for Chris Wilkie was on the scoreboard at least once.

European Leagues

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PLAYER POS AGE TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM SOG SH% | GP G A P PIM SOG SH%
Markus Nurmi RW/LW 21 TPS Liiga 3 1 1 2 2 5 20% | 43 9 11 20 22 91 10%
Lassi Thomson RD 19 Ilves Liiga 2 0 0 0 0 6 0% | 27 6 4 10 8 90 7%
Viktor Lodin C/LW 20 Örebro HK SHL - - - - - - - | 22 0 4 4 2 20 0%
HC Vita Hästen Allsvenskan - - - - - - - | 10 3 2 5 2 26 12%
Olle Alsing LD 23 Djurgårdens IF SHL 2 0 0 0 0 1 0% | 36 4 16 20 20 55 7%
  • The Liiga and SHL are on a one-and-a-half week long break for the Karjala Cup. The only participant is Olle Alsing for Team Sweden, who scored Sweden’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Finland (his only point in three games).
  • Lassi Thomson was also playing for Finland’s U20 team at the Four Nations tournament. His team only scored three goals in their three games, during which Thomson was held scoreless.

Goalies

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PLAYER AGE TEAM LEAGUE GP W L OTL SOL SA GA SV% | GP W L OTL SOL SA GA SV%
Filip Gustavsson 21 Belleville Senators AHL 1 1 0 0 0 26 2 92.3% | 10 7 3 1 0 318 38 88.1%
Marcus Högberg 25 Belleville Senators AHL - - - - - - - - | 15 7 6 0 0 408 42 89.7%
Ottawa Senators NHL - - - - - - - - | 2 0 1 0 0 40 3 92.5%
Joey Daccord 23 Brampton Beast ECHL - - - - - - - - | 12 7 5 0 0 342 34 90.1%
Belleville Senators AHL 1 1 0 0 0 35 1 97.1% | 2 2 0 0 0 62 2 96.8%
Kevin Mandolese 19 Cape Breton Eagles QMJHL 3 0 2 1 0 102 9 91.2% | 16 8 5 1 0 426 39 90.8%
Mads Søgaard 19 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL - - - - - - - - | 19 11 6 1 0 516 49 90.5%
  • Marcus Högberg picked up two wins for Belleville.
  • This was a weird week for Joey Daccord — he posted a 23-save shutout in his first game, then was forced to play the next day where he gave up nine goals on 23 shots.

Biggest Standouts

Vitaly Abramov & Drake Batherson

Colin White was sent down for a short one-game conditioning stint, where his wingers may have debatably been better than the ones he’s paired with in the NHL (Ennis and Namestnikov). Those two players were Drake Batherson and Vitaly Abrmov, who each scored three points in as many games during Belleville’s gruelling week of back-to-back-to-back games. They also combined for an astounding 23 shots on goal, accounting for 27% of the team’s total shot generation.

Donning their beautiful jerseys, the B-Sens took five of a possible six points this week. After losing in overtime to Syracuse on Friday, Batherson scored the shootout winner a day later against Hartford. Both Abramov and Batherson are players who were given very short leashes during their stints in the NHL, but it only feels like a matter of time before one or both are punching their ticket to Ottawa once again.

Filip Chlapik

One prospect who’s been given more leniency in the NHL has been Filip Chlapik, who seems to have carved himself a roster spot in the wake of the injuries to Artem Anisimov and Logan Brown. He scored his third career NHL goal this week and added an assist, despite being saddled on the fourth line with limited minutes.

Chlapik started the season off slowly, as the emergence of Josh Norris bumped him down to the bottom six, occasionally having to move to the wing. His two-way game and added physicality seems to be appealing to D.J. Smith, who bumped up Chlapik’s ice time to over ten minutes for the first time yesterday.

Jonny Tychonick

It was only last week that Jonny Tychonick scored his first career NCAA goal, after coming up dry in his frustrating freshman year. All it took was a few good shots to triple it this week, scoring two goals in his first multi-goal game for the University of North Dakota. They were 33 seconds apart.

Since being drafted in 2018, Tychonick has struggled to translate his fast-paced offensive style to the NCAA, which will be a crucial step if he wants to have a successful pro career. There’s a 0% chance he sustains his current 43% shooting percentage for the whole season. In fact, his seven shots on goal in as many games is pretty lacklustre. But hopefully this week can serve as a confidence booster.

Silver Linings

  • After a successful start to his NHL career, notching his first NHL point and glowing with happiness, Davidsson was forced to miss yesterday’s game against Carolina with an upper-body injury. Hopefully he’ll be back soon.
  • Erik Brännström had a less successful week, with zero shots on goal in two games, plus his first healthy scratch of the season.
  • Josh Norris also had to miss a game for Belleville with a minor injury, although he was swiftly back in the top six the next day.
  • Logan Brown and Rudolfs Balcers both appear close to returning, with Brown’s timeline slightly closer. Balcers will be sent down for a conditioning stint before working his way onto the NHL roster, while Brown may be slotted back in immediately.
  • It was a relatively quiet week for Shane Pinto, who had an assist in two games, but in a span of games where UND scored twelve goals.
  • In more firsts this week, Luke Loheit scored his first NCAA goal!
  • From goalie prospect Kevin Mandolese: