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Ottawa Senators Prospect Update - March 23rd

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Goalies stole the show this week, along with a late-round gem from the most recent draft.

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You’d think that with three goalies injured, things would keep getting worse for the Senators in the crease. Strangely, the opposite has happened. The team’s prospects have not only outplayed those on one-way deals, but one was even responsible for stealing a win for the Senators for the first time this season. Before we talk about him, however, let’s take a look at one of the fastest-improving prospects in the system.

Forwards:

Philippe Daoust

One of two sixth-round picks from the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, Daoust had a fantastic week with Moncton, tallying one goal and six assists. Now with 22 points in 18 games, the level of improvement he’s shown with his numbers is a sign that there may be NHL potential there.

Ridly Greig

After serving a three-game suspension, Greig returned to being a general nuisance everywhere on the ice, while racking up three assists in two games. Not just with skill, but with smarts, too, setting up a pick to help generate the odd-man rush leading to the overtime-winning goal in this clip:

Roby Järventie

His production has slowed since the World Juniors, but Järventie continues to impress in a limited role with Ilves, scoring in back-to-back games. GM Pierre Dorion has reportedly looked at bringing Järventie to Belleville next season; even though he could use another year in the Liiga, it may be beneficial to bring him to North America sooner rather than later.

Defensemen:

Erik Brännström

With three assists in two games with Belleville, Brännström definitely seems to be in the right league for the time being. We’d like him to be playing well with the big club, but it’s not a bad thing for Brännström to be in the AHL right now. He’s currently playing his D+4 season, his fourth season since his draft year. If you recall, Drake Batherson, who’s sort of good, is currently in his D+5 year, as his draft year was 2016 (he went undrafted that year). Next season will be do-or-die for Brännström.

Jake Sanderson

The 2020 fifth-overall pick had one assist in the lone game against St. Cloud State this week, but he also threw seven pucks on net, while looking more confident with the puck than he’s ever been:

Offence has always been an underrated part of Sanderson’s game; he’s always been great at entering the offensive zone, and there’s enough creativity there for him to be a threat. Of course all that’s icing on the cake because his defensive game is what’ll make him a household name in the NHL. However, that will have to wait another year, as according to TSN’s Shawn Simpson, Sanderson will be heading back to UND for his sophomore year.

Goaltending:

Filip Gustavsson

Not only did he stop all eight shots after being thrown into action against the Canucks, but Gustavsson also followed that up with a nearly flawless performance against the Flames, earning his first NHL win in his first start. He stopped 43 shots in the two games he played, only conceding a goal to Johnny Gaudreau on a breakaway. We’ve only seen 80 minutes of play, but the standard for goaltending in Ottawa is impossible not to clear, so Gustavsson is the number-one guy in Ottawa as far as I’m concerned.

Silver Linings:

  • Gus wasn’t the only goaltender to shine this week. Kevin Mandolese secured his first professional win with a 43-save performance against the Toronto Marlies on Friday, and Leevi Meriläinen came through with yet another shutout for Karpat’s U20 team. He’s clearly too good for that league.
  • Six Senators prospects have qualified for the NCAA regionals. Luke Loheit and Minnesota-Duluth take on Michigan, while the North Dakota quartet will face off against American International. Both of these games take place this Friday, at 4:00 pm and 9:30 pm EST, respectively. The following day at 4:00 pm EST, Todd Burgess and Minnesota State play against Quinnipiac.
  • 2019 6th-rounder Mark Kastelic had a nice week with Belleville, putting up a goal and an assist in two games. He’s now up to 4 points in 11 games.

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%
Drake Batherson RW 22 NHL 2 0 0 0 0 2 0% | 34 11 10 21 6 73 15%
Erik Brännström LD 21 NHL - - - - - - -% | 14 2 3 5 10 25 8%
Erik Brännström LD 21 AHL 2 0 3 3 2 1 0% | 2 0 3 3 2 1 0%
Josh Norris C 21 NHL 2 1 0 1 0 7 14% | 34 7 10 17 6 61 11%
Tim Stützle LW/C 19 NHL 2 0 1 1 0 3 0% | 31 6 13 19 10 68 9%
Vitaly Abramov RW/LW 22 AHL 2 0 2 2 2 3 0% | 12 2 3 5 4 27 7%
Olle Alsing LD 24 AHL 2 0 1 1 0 2 -% | 5 0 1 1 0 2 0%
Jonathan Aspirot LD 21 AHL - - - - - - -% | 9 0 1 1 6 7 0%
Jean-Christophe Beaudin C/RW 23 AHL 2 0 1 1 0 1 0% | 12 0 3 3 2 8 0%
Clark Bishop C 24 AHL - - - - - - -% | 3 1 0 1 4 8 13%
Clark Bishop C 24 NHL 2 0 1 1 0 2 0% | 5 0 2 2 2 7 0%
Logan Brown C 23 AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 5 0 1 1 2 11 0%
Jonathan Davidsson RW 24 AHL 2 0 0 0 0 1 0% | 8 0 0 0 2 10 0%
Alex Formenton LW 21 AHL 2 1 0 1 10 6 17% | 12 4 0 4 22 27 15%
Ridly Greig C/LW 18 AHL - - - - - - -% | 4 0 2 2 2 6 0%
Mark Kastelic C/RW 21 AHL 2 1 1 2 2 6 17% | 11 2 2 4 8 19 11%
Parker Kelly C 21 AHL 2 0 0 0 2 4 0% | 12 1 3 4 6 21 5%
Jack Kopacka LW 22 AHL - - - - - - -% | 5 0 1 1 0 11 0%
Zachary Magwood C 22 AHL - - - - - - -% | 1 0 0 0 0 1 0%
Cole Reinhardt LW 20 AHL 2 0 0 0 2 2 0% | 11 1 2 3 2 16 6%
Egor Sokolov RW/LW 20 AHL 2 1 0 1 0 6 17% | 12 4 2 6 4 23 17%
Lassi Thomson RD 20 AHL 2 0 1 1 0 3 0% | 12 0 5 5 2 16 0%

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%
Jacob Bernard-Docker RD 20 Univ. of North Dakota - - - - - - -% | 25 3 14 17 18 54 6%
Todd Burgess C/RW 24 Minnesota State Univ. - - - - - - -% | 22 5 9 14 6 46 11%
Angus Crookshank LW 21 Univ. of New Hampshire - - - - - - -% | 20 9 9 18 4 83 11%
Tyler Kleven LD 19 Univ. of North Dakota 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% | 20 5 1 6 33 29 17%
Luke Loheit RW 20 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth - - - - - - -% | 26 3 2 5 35 20 15%
Jakov Novak LW/C 22 Bentley Univ. - - - - - - -% | 15 7 10 17 36 40 18%
Shane Pinto C 20 Univ. of North Dakota 1 0 1 1 0 5 0% | 26 15 15 30 2 84 18%
Jake Sanderson LD 18 Univ. of North Dakota 1 0 1 1 0 7 0% | 20 2 12 14 4 47 4%
Jonny Tychonick LD 21 Univ. of Omaha - - - - - - -% | 22 3 5 8 16 21 14%

CHL

- - - - - - 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%
Philippe Daoust C 19 Moncton QMJHL 3 1 6 7 2 6 17% | 18 5 17 22 16 41 12%
Ridly Greig C/LW 18 Brandon WHL 2 0 3 3 0 5 0% | 3 0 4 4 5 6 0%
Maxence Guénette RD 19 Val-d'Or QMJHL 2 0 1 1 0 3 0% | 32 5 17 22 10 73 7%

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%
Eric Engstrand LW/RW 20 Malmö SHL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 39 1 3 4 8 28 3.6%
Roby Järventie LW 18 Ilves Liiga 3 2 0 2 2 13 15% | 42 13 11 24 16 126 10%
Viktor Lodin C/LW 21 Timrå IK Allsvenskan 1 1 1 2 0 2 50% | 47 14 26 40 20 85 16%

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%
Joey Daccord 24 Belleville AHL - - - - - - -% | 2 0 2 0 0 75 10 86.7%
Joey Daccord 24 Ottawa NHL 1 0 0 0 0 21 2 90.5% | 8 1 4 1 0 214 22 89.7%
Filip Gustavsson 22 Belleville AHL - - - - - - - -% | 5 2 4 0 0 176 16 90.9%
Filip Gustavsson Ottawa NHL 2 1 0 0 1 44 1 97.7% 2 1 0 0 1 44 1 97.7%
Kevin Mandolese 20 Belleville AHL 1 1 0 0 0 45 2 95.6% | 2 1 1 0 0 86 7 91.9%
Leevi Meriläinen 18 Kärpät U20 U20 SM-sarja 1 1 0 0 - - - 100.0% | 22 - - - - - - 93.4%
Mads Søgaard 20 Esbjerg Metal Ligaen - - - - - - - -% | 16 - - - - - - 92.2%