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Ottawa Senators Prospect Update - February 22nd

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Batherson had a big week, plus more from the Fighting Hawks!

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For the first time this year, we’ve been witness to a prolonged stretch of respectable play from the Ottawa Senators. With three wins in their last five games, the team’s young players are doing their part to overcome the adversity they faced at the start of the season. That’s still nowhere close, however, to the undisputed dominance we’ve seen from our unofficial farm team: the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. Thanks to back-to-back wins against Omaha this week, NoDak clinched the Penrose Cup, awarded to the NCHC regular-season champions, for the second year in a row. Let’s find out who else stood out, as we put together this week’s edition of the All-Prospect Team!

Forwards:

Drake Batherson

Part of the reason for the Senators’ recent success has been certain players regressing from unsustainably low shooting percentages. Exhibit A: Drake Batherson. Going into the iconic “It was 5-1” game against the Leafs, Batherson was rocking an atrocious 2.6% conversion rate, but five games later he’s now up to 8.5%. This week, he tallied two goals and one assist; his most recent marker is quite an apt representation of Batherson’s luck turning around.

Angus Crookshank

College hockey’s best-named volume shooter continued to impress this week, putting up a goal, two assists, and 8 SOG in two games with New Hampshire. Crookshank’s 17 points in 18 games are a fair improvement on his numbers in previous seasons, but his defining characteristic has always been a knack for running up the shot clock in his team’s favor. Not that shot quantity is something the Senators desperately need, but it always helps to have a strong play-driver in your lineup. And when it comes to finishing on those shots, he’s definitely no Connor Brown.

Shane Pinto

Of course, Shane Pinto makes our list once again. It wasn’t even a fantastic week for him; scoring two points in two games is solid but at this point, it feels like anything below that is underwhelming. It’s a testament to how good he’s been this season, as he’s now up to 28 points in 22 games as a sophomore. He scored on the power-play in the second game against Omaha thanks to an absolute rocket, a weapon Ottawa might well be fortunate to have in their arsenal for a long time to come.

Defensemen:

Jacob Bernard-Docker

Whereas Pinto’s body of work didn’t really stand out from the rest of his dominant season, Jacob Bernard-Docker had a fantastic two games against Omaha. The 26th pick of the 2018 NHL Draft posted one goal and three assists while firing five shots on goal and earning the nod as the NCHC’s Defensemen of the Week. Here, his point shot is able to find its way into the back of the net, but there’s a chance it's blocked without that subtle fake shot beforehand.

If you’re a defensemen playing with Brady Tkachuk, you need to be able to get pucks through from the point; Brady will do the rest from there.

Tyler Kleven

Two more goals for the K-Train! Kleven has now scored at a pace of one in every three games with UND. Omaha goaltender Isaiah Saville looks to be in position for this particular shot, but the puck just seems to say “no” to his glove.

North Dakota’s defense, half of which is composed of Senators prospects on most nights, has been an absolute rock, allowing 24.5 shots per game. Kleven, JBD, and Jake Sanderson have all been a massive part of that, which bodes well for their future, as well as that of the Senators.

Goaltending:

Filip Gustavsson

A new challenger has appeared! Gustavsson stopped 25 of 26 in his lone game with Belleville last Tuesday, leading them to a 4-1 win over Laval. Here’s a nice stop on a backhand attempt by Rafael Harvey-Pinard:

Senators’ netminders playing in North America have had a really rough go as of late, so this performance by Gustavsson is a breath of fresh air. Remember, we only need one of these young goaltenders to pan out, and the young Swede could very well keep this going and run with the B-Sens’ starting job.

Silver Linings:

  • A handful of young Senators earned their first professional point with Belleville this week. Egor Sokolov, Cole Reinhardt, Lassi Thomson, Mark Kastelic, and Ridly Greig all found the scoresheet against Laval. Greig in particular has been solid, with two assists in his first four games, as an 18-year-old.
  • Gus wasn’t the only goaltender to stand out this week. Leevi Meriläinen, Trent Mann’s latest out-of-nowhere draft pick, also stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 4-1 victory, with Karpat’s U20 team. He’s boasting a .928 save percentage through 19 games.
  • Roby Järventie just missed out this week, scoring two goals in three games with Ilves, including this highlight-reel end-to-end rush:
  • A quick look at the NHL sees Josh Norris and Tim Stützle with two points each. Erik Brännström chipped in with an assist as well.

Stats

Pro (NHL, AHL)

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PLAYER POS AGE LEAGUE GP G A P PIM SOG SH% | GP G A P PIM SOG SH%
Drake Batherson RW 22 NHL 3 2 1 3 0 8 25% | 20 4 6 10 4 47 9%
Erik Brännström LD 21 NHL 3 0 1 1 4 2 0% | 6 0 2 2 6 5 0%
Josh Norris C 21 NHL 3 1 1 2 0 8 13% | 20 4 7 10 4 38 11%
Tim Stützle LW/C 19 NHL 3 1 1 2 0 10 10% | 17 5 4 9 4 35 14%
Alex Formenton LW 21 AHL 2 1 0 0 0 3 67% | 4 1 0 0 6 9 11%
Clark Bishop C 24 AHL 2 1 0 1 2 5 20% | 3 1 0 1 2 5 20%
Cole Reinhardt LW 20 AHL 2 0 1 1 0 2 0% | 3 0 1 1 0 3 0%
Egor Sokolov RW/LW 20 AHL 2 0 1 1 0 1 0% | 4 0 1 0 0 2 0%
Filip Chlapik C 23 AHL 2 0 0 0 6 4 0% | 2 0 0 0 6 4 0%
NHL - - - - - - -% 1 0 0 0 0 1 0%
Jack Kopacka LW 22 AHL 2 0 1 1 0 1 -% | 2 0 1 1 0 1 0%
Jean-Christophe Beaudin C/RW 23 AHL 2 0 1 1 2 1 0% | 4 0 1 1 2 1 0%
Jonathan Aspirot LD 21 AHL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 4 0 0 0 2 1 0%
Jonathan Davidsson RW 23 AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 -% | 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Lassi Thomson RD 20 AHL 2 0 1 1 0 1 0% | 4 0 2 2 0 5 0%
Logan Brown C 22 AHL - - - - - - -% | 2 0 0 0 0 4 0%
Mark Kastelic C/RW 21 AHL 2 1 0 1 2 2 50% | 3 1 0 1 4 2 50%
Olle Alsing LD 24 AHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 2 0 0 0 0 0 0%%
Parker Kelly C 21 AHL 2 0 1 1 0 5 0% | 4 1 1 2 0 7 14%
Ridly Greig C/LW 18 AHL 2 0 2 2 0 0 0% | 4 0 2 2 2 3 0%
Vitaly Abramov RW/LW 22 AHL 2 1 0 0 0 5 20% | 4 1 0 1 2 8 13%
Zachary Magwood C 22 AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 -% | 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%

CHL

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PLAYER POS AGE TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM SOG SH% | GP G A P PIM SOG SH%
Maxence Guénette RD 19 Val-d'Or QMJHL 1 0 2 2 0 2 0% | 24 5 15 20 8 56 9%
Philippe Daoust C 19 Moncton QMJHL - - - - - - -% | 13 4 9 13 12 29 14%

Pinto’s Playground

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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. 2 0 0 0 0 5 0% | 14 6 7 13 36 36 17%
Todd Burgess C/RW 24 Minnesota State Univ. 2 0 2 2 0 3 0% | 17 4 8 12 4 35 11%
Luke Loheit RW 20 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 22 3 2 5 29 19 16%
Angus Crookshank LW 21 Univ. of New Hampshire 2 1 2 3 0 8 13% | 18 9 8 17 2 75 12%
Shane Pinto C 20 Univ. of North Dakota 2 1 1 2 0 7 14% | 22 15 13 28 2 69 22%
Jacob Bernard-Docker RD 20 Univ. of North Dakota 2 1 3 4 0 5 20% | 22 2 11 13 16 48 4%
Jake Sanderson LD 18 Univ. of North Dakota 2 0 3 3 0 5 0% | 15 1 8 9 4 30 3%
Tyler Kleven LD 19 Univ. of North Dakota 2 2 0 2 0 3 67% | 15 5 1 6 23 21 24%
Jonny Tychonick LD 20 Univ. of Omaha 2 0 0 0 4 2 0% | 19 3 5 8 12 20 15%

Europe

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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 1 0 0 0 0 2 0% | 38 8 17 25 18 56 14%
Roby Järventie LW 18 Ilves Liiga 3 2 0 2 0 10 20% | 32 9 9 18 8 86 10%
Eric Engstrand LW/RW 20 Malmö SHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 32 1 2 3 6 22 4.5%

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 22 Belleville Senators AHL 1 1 0 0 0 26 1 96.2% | 1 1 0 0 0 26 1 96.2%
Kevin Mandolese 20 Belleville Senators AHL - - - - - - - -% | 1 0 1 0 0 41 5 87.8%
Mads Søgaard 20 Esbjerg Metal Ligaen - - - - - - . -% | 13 - - - - 391 26 93.4%
Joey Daccord 24 Belleville Senators AHL 1 0 1 0 0 39 5 87.2% | 2 0 2 0 0 75 10 86.7%
Leevi Meriläinen 18 Kärpät U20 U20 SM-sarja 1 1 0 0 0 26 25 96.2 | 19 - - - - - - 92.80%