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Ottawa Senators Prospect Update March 30th

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Now with 100% more Mike Amadio

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So you wanna watch some hockey, huh? How about the Sens? Games are postponed. How about the B-Sens? They’re off ‘til Saturday. The NoDak Sens? Their season’s over. The Moncton Wildcats? Daoust is injured. Maybe some obscure European league? Don’t push your luck, kid. Try reading a book (or this article).

Prospect team of the week

Forwards

A favourite here at the blog and among Sens fans at large, Alex Formenton finally got back into the NHL lineup and made it count with a goal against Toronto last week. Fans should also feel pretty good with the way coach Smith implemented Formenton in all phases and trusted him with crucial minutes. Formenton’s abcence from Ottawa’s lineup for stretches this year doesn’t represent so much an oversight as it does an indication of his value to a Belleville team that looks even more lost than usual without him.

When you can’t find him in the penalty box or serving a suspension, look for Ridly Greig on the scoresheet as he continues to terrorize the WHL in several ways. I had hoped the organization would keep Greig in Belleville despite his youth to attempt to reign in his less disciplined side and it disappointed me to see him go back to Brandon. He’ll put up big numbers with the Wheat Kings but as we know he really needs to tone down the rough stuff.

It felt like Hobey Baker finalist Shane Pinto did everything in his power to keep North Dakota’s season alive, to no avail. The sophomore wrapped up an exceptional season with another strong game and now we wait and see whether he heads north of the border or deals with some unfinished business with the Fighting Hawks.

Defence

As frustrated as we feel every time Erik Brännström heads back to the b-squad, the young defender continues to take it all in stride and force his way back into the conversation. Brännström looks years ahead of the competition when he plays with AHLers and we can only assume that should Ottawa ship off any veteran defenders at the deadline then Brännström can come back up to the NHL for good (especially in a post-Christian Wolanin paradigm).

At 20-years of age and with three impressive seasons of college hockey under his belt, Jacob Bernard-Docker looks like Ottawa’s brightest beacon of hope for a patchwork defence-corps that has struggled to contain the opposition for almost a decade. The Senators will naturally take time and precaution with JBD as I can say without hyperbole that this team needs him, to return to post-season relevancy this decade.

Goaltender

Even if his save percentage doesn’t indicate as much, Leevi Meriläinen got up to his usual tricks this past week and won both games as his Kärpät squad enter post-season play. I’ll write off Meriläinen’s mediocre performance in game-two to score effects.

Silver Linings

  • For those of you interested in learning more about the newest Senator, check out this (slightly outdated) write-up about Mike Amadio from our sibling site Jewels from the Crown.
  • As Spencer noted yesterday, Vitaly Abramov continues to play a huge role in Belleville since the graduations of players like Drake Batherson and Josh Norris.
  • Viktor Lodin’s season continues as Timrå won their quarterfinal series 3-1 with Patrick Wiercioch (Patty!) scoring a hat trick in game four including the game-tying and -winning goals. What a time to be alive.
  • Mads Søgaard also continues his postseason quest in Denmark as Esbjerg commences their semifinal series today. The quarterfinals turned out to be quite a nail-biter and Mads had a win and two overtime losses in his three starts. Let’s hope he can get back into his regular season groove should he continue to get starts in this penultimate round of playoff hockey.
  • I haven’t seen any updates since Philippe Daoust left Sunday’s game with an injury. Moncton’s next game is scheduled for tonight so we’ll have to wait and see.
  • And finally, lost in the lament of UND’s elimination from the Frozen Four tournament, lesser-known Senators prospects Todd Burgess (Minnesote State) and Luke Loheit (Minnesota-Duluth) will both play in the semifinals with eyes on the biggest prize in college hockey. Best of luck!

Stats

Pro

- - - - - 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 4 0% | 36 11 10 21 6 77 14%
Erik Brännström LD 21 NHL - - - - - - -% | 14 2 3 5 10 26 8%
Erik Brännström LD 21 AHL 2 0 2 2 4 3 0% | 4 0 5 5 6 4 0%
Josh Norris C 21 NHL 2 1 0 1 0 6 17% | 36 7 10 17 6 67 10%
Tim Stützle LW/C 19 NHL 2 0 0 0 0 7 0% | 33 6 13 19 10 75 8%
Vitaly Abramov RW/LW 22 AHL 2 1 1 2 0 13 8% | 14 3 4 7 4 40 8%
Olle Alsing LD 24 AHL 2 0 0 0 0 2 -% | 7 0 1 1 0 4 0%
Jonathan Aspirot LD 21 AHL - - - - - - -% | 9 0 1 1 6 7 0%
Jean-Christophe Beaudin C/RW 24 AHL 3 0 0 0 2 1 0% | 15 0 3 3 4 9 0%
Clark Bishop C 24 AHL - - - - - - -% | 3 1 0 1 4 8 13%
Clark Bishop C 24 NHL 2 0 1 1 0 1 0% | 7 0 3 3 2 8 0%
Logan Brown C 23 AHL - - - - - - -% | 5 0 1 1 2 11 0%
Jonathan Davidsson RW 24 AHL - - - - - - -% | 8 0 0 0 2 10 0%
Alex Formenton LW 21 AHL 1 0 0 0 0 4 0% | 13 4 0 4 22 31 13%
Alex Formenton LW 21 NHL 2 1 0 1 0 4 25% | 2 1 0 1 0 4 25%
Ridly Greig C/LW 18 AHL - - - - - - -% | 4 0 2 2 2 6 0%
Mark Kastelic C/RW 21 AHL 3 0 0 0 0 5 17% | 14 2 2 4 8 24 8%
Parker Kelly C 21 AHL 3 0 0 0 2 9 0% | 15 1 3 4 8 30 3%
Jack Kopacka LW 22 AHL 1 0 0 0 2 1 0% | 6 0 1 1 2 12 0%
Zachary Magwood C 22 AHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 2 0 0 0 0 1 0%
Cole Reinhardt LW 20 AHL 3 0 0 0 2 3 0% | 14 1 2 3 4 19 5%
Egor Sokolov RW/LW 20 AHL 3 0 1 1 0 6 17% | 15 4 3 7 4 29 14%
Lassi Thomson RD 20 AHL 3 0 0 0 4 9 0% | 15 0 5 5 6 25 0%

NCAA

- - - - - Road to the Frozen Four - | - T O T A L -
- - - - - Road to the Frozen Four - | - 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 2 0 1 1 2 8 0% | 27 3 15 18 20 62 5%
Todd Burgess C/RW 24 Minnesota State Univ. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 24 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 2 0 1 1 4 1 0% | 22 5 2 7 37 30 17%
Luke Loheit RW 20 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 27 3 2 5 35 22 14%
Jakov Novak LW/C 22 Bentley Univ. - - - - - - -% | 15 7 10 17 36 40 18%
Shane Pinto C 20 Univ. of North Dakota 2 0 2 2 0 10 0% | 28 15 17 32 4 94 16%
Jake Sanderson LD 18 Univ. of North Dakota 2 0 1 1 0 10 0% | 20 2 13 15 4 58 3%
Jonny Tychonick LD 21 Univ. of Omaha 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 23 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 5 6 4 4 25% | 21 6 22 28 20 45 13%
Ridly Greig C/LW 18 Brandon WHL 3 2 3 5 4 15 13% | 6 2 7 9 17 27 7.4%
Maxence Guénette RD 19 Val-d'Or QMJHL 2 0 0 0 2 3 0% | 34 5 17 22 14 76 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 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% | 43 1 5 6 8 29 3.4%
Roby Järventie LW 18 Ilves Liiga - - - - - - -% | 45 13 11 24 16 126 10%
Viktor Lodin C/LW 21 Timrå IK Allsvenskan - - - - - - -% | 47 14 26 40 20 85 16%
Viktor Lodin C/LW 21 Timrå IK Playoffs Allsvenskan 4 3 1 4 6 17 18% | 4 3 1 4 6 17 18%

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 - - - - - - - -% | 8 1 3 1 0 214 22 89.7%
Filip Gustavsson 22 Belleville AHL - - - - - - - -% | 6 2 4 0 0 176 16 90.9%
Filip Gustavsson 22 Ottawa NHL 1 1 0 0 0 29 1 96.6% | 3 2 0 0 1 73 2 97.3%
Kevin Mandolese 20 Belleville AHL 2 0 2 0 0 52 7 86.5% | 4 1 3 0 0 138 14 89.9%
Leevi Meriläinen 18 Kärpät U20 U20 SM-sarja - - - - - - - -% | 22 - - - - - - 93.4%
Leevi Meriläinen 18 Kärpät U20 Playoffs U20 SM-sarja 2 2 0 0 0 38 6 88.9% | 2 2 0 0 0 38 6 88.9%
Mads Søgaard 20 Esbjerg Metal Ligaen - - - - - - - -% | 16 - - - - - - 92.2%
Mads Søgaard 20 Esbjerg Playoffs Metal Ligaen 1 0 0 1 0 18 3 83.3% | 3 1 0 2 0 69 9 87.0%