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Ottawa Senators Prospect Update - January 26th

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Norris and the UND crew were among the standouts this week.

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This past week, the future of the Ottawa Senators was on full display, among other things that we thankfully don’t need to discuss in this piece. Long story short, it was a great week for any Senators fans with an NCHC.tv subscription package, and for the rest of you unfortunate souls, I offer my condolences. Let’s find out who made the latest edition of the Senators Prospect Team of the Week!

Forwards:

Shane Pinto

Pinto’s play was the highlight of the Ottawa Senators’ organization this week, as he scored two goals and two assists in a two-game series against Colorado College while firing 10 shots on goal. The cherry on top was a fantastic power move to the net leading to the opening goal in the second game against CC:

The sophomore’s now up to 19 points in 16 games, leading UND. They ought to hope someone can fill the void he’ll leave once he turns pro and joins the Senators in either Ottawa or Belleville.

Josh Norris

It’s always a good week when you score your first NHL goal, and Josh Norris did just that against Winnipeg last Tuesday. He also added an assist against the Jets on Saturday and had 11 shots on goal across four games, clearly benefitting from Brady Tkachuk’s near-unmatched ability to generate offense. He’s looked like a decent NHL player between Brady and Drake Batherson, and whenever the Senators were gaining momentum in a game, it involved either Nick Paul, or that top line. Still only 21 years old, Norris has plenty of room to refine his game at both ends of the ice, and a bit more strength and confidence with the puck will go a long way towards him being able to produce on a consistent basis.

Viktor Lodin

The Senators’ fourth-round selection from 2018 had a strong stretch of games this week with Timra of the Allsvenskan, the Swedish league one tier below the SHL. Playing on the second line, he tallied 1 goal and 2 assists in 4 games. Lodin now has 20 points in 33 games on the year, and considering the Senators will lose his signing rights after this season, he’ll need to put together multiple strings of solid hockey in order to earn an entry-level deal from the organization.

Defensemen:

Jake Sanderson

One of three Sens prospects on the UND blueline, Sanderson has continued his strong freshman season, with a two-assist performance against CC on Sunday, including one on a 5-on-3:

While his stat line of 5 points in 9 games doesn’t scream “fifth-overall pick”, Sanderson’s true value is reflected in his ability to facilitate scoring chances for his team while limiting those of his opponents; he helped UND outshoot CC by a margin of 32-15 during the aforementioned Sunday game.

Tyler Kleven

He scored one assist in two games this week, but Kleven, as usual, didn’t make his biggest impact on the scoresheet:

Kleven may not have been ranked in our Top 25 Under 25 in 2020, but he’s already changing perceptions of him as a player, he’s clearly improved his play with the puck since the end of last season:

Goaltending:

Mads Søgaard

With so many of our goalie prospects waiting to see action in North America, this last spot on the team has been a two-horse race between Leevi Merilainen and Mads Søgaard. This time, the honor goes to the 2019 2nd-rounder from Denmark.

Søgaard didn’t have a great D+1 season with the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers last season, so a strong season in the Metal Liagen will be a nice stepping stone with respect to his transition to professional hockey.

Silver Linings:

  • Not much else happened around the lower leagues. Todd Burgess (Minnesota State) and Luke Loheit (Minnesota-Duluth) both had one assist this past week. Burgess, a senior, now has 6 points in 11 games, and Loheit, a sophomore, has 4 in 15.
  • Drake Batherson looks to have shed his prospect label and has blossomed into an NHL player. Only 1 assist with Ottawa this week, but twelve shots on goal, and contributing to the team’s most dangerous trio by far.

Stats:

Pro (NHL, AHL)

- - - - - Since the last prospect update - | - T O T A L -
- - - - - Since the last prospect update - | - T O T A L -
PLAYER POS AGE LEAGUE GP G A P PIM SOG SH% | GP G A P PIM SOG SH%
Tim Stützle LW/C 19 NHL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% | 2 1 0 1 2 4 0%
Josh Norris C 21 NHL 4 1 1 2 0 11 9% | 6 1 3 4 0 11 9%
Drake Batherson RW 22 NHL 4 0 1 1 0 12 0% | 6 0 3 3 0 18 0%
Lassi Thomson RD 20 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Egor Sokolov RW/LW 20 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Jonathan Aspirot LD 21 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Alex Formenton LW 21 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Parker Kelly C 21 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Erik Brännström LD 21 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Mark Kastelic C/RW 21 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Logan Brown C 22 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Vitaly Abramov RW/LW 22 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Zachary Magwood C 22 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Filip Chlapik C 23 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Jonathan Davidsson RW 23 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Jean-Christophe Beaudin C/RW 23 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Christian Jaros RD 24 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Olle Alsing LD 24 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Clark Bishop C 24 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Cole Reinhardt LW 20 AHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%

NCAA

- - - - - Since the last prospect update - | - T O T A L -
- - - - - Since the last prospect update - | - T O T A L -
PLAYER POS AGE TEAM GP G A P PIM SOG SH% | GP G A P PIM SOG SH%
Jakov Novak LW/C 22 Bentley Univ. - - - - - - -% | 5 3 1 4 17 13 23%
Todd Burgess C/RW 24 Minnesota State Univ. 2 0 1 1 2 4 0% | 11 2 4 6 4 25 8%
Luke Loheit RW 20 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth 2 0 1 1 0 1 0% | 15 2 2 4 23 14 14%
Angus Crookshank LW 21 Univ. of New Hampshire - - - - - - -% | 10 3 1 4 4 37 8%
Shane Pinto C 20 Univ. of North Dakota 2 2 2 4 0 10 17% | 16 8 11 19 2 50 16%
Jacob Bernard-Docker RD 20 Univ. of North Dakota 2 0 0 0 2 5 0% | 16 1 5 6 12 22 5%
Jake Sanderson LD 18 Univ. of North Dakota 2 0 2 2 0 5 -% | 9 1 4 5 2 16 6%
Tyler Kleven LD 19 Univ. of North Dakota 2 0 1 1 15 4 0% | 9 3 1 4 19 16 19%
Jonny Tychonick LD 20 Univ. of Omaha 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 11 1 1 2 4 11 9%

Europe

- - - - - - Since the last prospect update - | - T O T A L -
- - - - - - Since the last prospect update - | - T O T A L -
PLAYER POS AGE TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM SOG SH% | GP G A P PIM SOG SH%
Viktor Lodin C/LW 21 Timrå IK Allsvenskan 4 1 2 3 4 6 17% | 33 6 14 20 18 43 14%
Roby Järventie LW 18 Ilves Liiga 2 0 0 0 0 7 0% | 20 7 8 15 6 57 12%
Eric Engstrand LW/RW 20 Malmö SHL - - - - - - -% | 27 1 1 2 4 21 4.8%

Goalies

- - - - - Since the last prospect update - - | - T O T A L - -
- - - - - Since the last prospect update - - | - T O T A L - -
PLAYER AGE TEAM LEAGUE GP W L OTL SOL SA GA SV% | GP W L OTL SOL SA GA SV%
Filip Gustavsson 22 Belleville Senators AHL - - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - - -%
Kevin Mandolese 20 Belleville Senators AHL - - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - - -%
Mads Søgaard 20 Esbjerg Metal Ligaen 1 - - - - - - 95.0% | 11 - - - - - - 93.5%
Joey Daccord 24 Ottawa Senators NHL - - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - - -%
Leevi Meriläinen 18 Kärpät U20 U20 SM-sarja - - - - - - - -% | 17 - - - - - - 92.8%