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Ottawa Senators Prospect Update - March 9th

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It was a rough week, but not without a few diamonds.

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The Senators had a rough go of it this week, both in the NHL and AHL. Ottawa and Belleville won just one game each out of four, and nobody really stood out in a big way. Except for one...

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Egor Sokolov

The most wholesome player in the Senators organization has quickly acclimated to the pro leagues, with 3 goals and 1 assist in 4 games with Belleville this week. Drafting a double-overager in the second round of last year's draft was yet another so-crazy-it-just-might-work decision by Trent Mann, and it’s worked out so far, albeit in a very small sample size. It’s still enough to know he’s worked extremely hard on his skating, the main weakness in his game heading into the season.

Josh Norris

I’ve been very impressed with Norris this season, it’s huge that he’s producing like a middle-six center one year after his first pro season while demonstrating an impressive level of competency in his own end. He’s definitely an NHL player at this point, and he’s got plenty of time to improve and become a long-term piece in Ottawa’s top-six. Again, it was a fairly quiet week for the prospect pool as a whole, so two points in four games are enough to earn a spot on the team.

Alex Formenton

With three goals in eight games with Belleville so far, Formenton hasn’t had the best start on the scoresheet, but the chances have been there each game thanks to his magnificent skating. He’s starting to find his way, with goals in back-to-back games, this one in particular shows he’s far from a one-dimensional player:

The question is, can he translate his success to the NHL? It’s not vital for him to be a top-six player for the Senators, but if he does become one, then things are looking real good up front. At the very least, he’ll be a lethal weapon during 3-on-3 overtime.

Defencemen

Erik Brännström

Very few (eligible) defensemen within the Senators’ system had points this week, one of which was Brännström. He only played five minutes against the Flames on Sunday, but he logged 19:50 yesterday. Just the one assist this week, but he’s been one of the team’s better players in his own end, and should definitely be a regular in the lineup going forward.

Lassi Thomson

The 19th pick of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft had one assist in four games this week, and is showing signs of adjusting to professional hockey in North America. For added insight on Thomson, head over to Full Press Hockey, where Murray Pam discusses his recent play.

Goaltending

Joey Daccord

He was supposed to be the main man in Belleville this year, but injuries have forced Daccord into a role with the big club, and he’s been pretty good. It’s a shame the Senators haven’t been able to get him a win yet, they’ve played much better games in front of Matt Murray and Marcus Högberg, still losing thanks to subpar goaltending. Even with his limited sample size, I’d say he’s the best option in net for the Senators right now, which is pretty scary since Murray’s locked in at $6.25M for three more years, but on the bright side, Daccord at $750k for two more years could cancel that out.

Silver Linings:

  • With the NCHC season at an end, 2020 5th overall pick Jake Sanderson has been selected for the NCHC All-Rookie Team, tallying 11 points in 17 games in his freshman year.
  • Shane Pinto and Jacob Bernard-Docker have also earned honours for their strong sophomore and junior seasons, respectively:
  • Quarterfinal matchups have been determined for the NCHC’s Frozen Faceoff. Top-ranked North Dakota has eight-seed Miami on Friday. The following day, Luke Loheit and third-seed Minnesota Duluth will take on sixth-seed Western Michigan, while Jonny Tychonick and fourth-seed Omaha will play fifth-seed Denver.
  • Other playoff games taking place in the NCAA this week include Angus Crookshank and New Hampshire taking on Vermont, as well as a best-of-three between Minnesota State; featuring Todd Burgess; and Ferris State.

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 4 0 1 1 0 6 0% | 28 9 9 18 6 61 15%
Erik Brännström LD 21 NHL 4 0 1 1 4 9 0% | 13 2 3 5 10 22 9%
Josh Norris C 21 NHL 4 1 1 2 0 3 33% | 28 5 10 15 6 47 11%
Tim Stützle LW/C 19 NHL 4 1 0 1 2 8 13% | 25 6 9 15 8 58 10%
Vitaly Abramov RW/LW 22 AHL 4 0 0 0 0 8 0% | 8 1 0 1 2 16 6%
Olle Alsing LD 24 AHL - - - - - - -% | 3 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Jonathan Aspirot LD 21 AHL 4 0 1 1 4 5 0% | 8 0 1 1 6 6 0%
Jean-Christophe Beaudin C/RW 23 AHL 4 0 0 0 0 3 0% | 4 0 1 1 2 1 0%
Clark Bishop C 24 AHL - - - - - - -% | 3 1 0 1 4 8 13%
Logan Brown C 23 AHL 3 0 1 1 2 7 0% | 5 0 1 1 2 11 0%
Jonathan Davidsson RW 23 AHL 4 0 0 0 0 7 0% | 4 0 0 0 0 7 0%
Alex Formenton LW 21 AHL 4 2 0 2 4 9 0% | 8 3 0 3 10 19 16%
Ridly Greig C/LW 18 AHL - - - - - - -% | 4 0 2 2 2 6 0%
Mark Kastelic C/RW 21 AHL 4 0 1 1 0 9 0% | 7 1 1 2 4 11 9%
Parker Kelly C 21 AHL 4 0 2 2 2 4 0% | 8 1 3 4 2 13 8%
Jack Kopacka LW 22 AHL 1 0 0 0 0 4 0% | 3 0 1 1 0 5 0%
Zachary Magwood C 22 AHL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% | 1 0 0 0 0 1 0%
Cole Reinhardt LW 20 AHL 4 0 1 1 0 7 0% | 7 0 2 2 0 11 0%
Egor Sokolov RW/LW 20 AHL 4 3 1 4 4 12 25% | 8 3 2 5 4 14 21%
Lassi Thomson RD 20 AHL 4 0 1 1 2 7 0% | 8 0 3 3 2 12 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 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% | 24 2 13 15 18 50 4%
Todd Burgess C/RW 24 Minnesota State Univ. 2 0 0 0 0 4 0% | 21 5 9 14 6 46 11%
Angus Crookshank LW 21 Univ. of New Hampshire - - - - - - -% | 18 9 8 17 2 75 12%
Tyler Kleven LD 19 Univ. of North Dakota 1 0 0 0 2 3 0% | 17 5 1 6 31 25 20%
Luke Loheit RW 20 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth 2 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 23 3 2 5 33 19 16%
Jakov Novak LW/C 22 Bentley Univ. - - - - - - -% | 14 6 7 13 36 36 17%
Shane Pinto C 20 Univ. of North Dakota 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% | 23 15 13 28 2 70 21%
Jake Sanderson LD 18 Univ. of North Dakota 1 0 0 0 0 3 0% | 17 2 9 11 4 37 5%
Jonny Tychonick LD 21 Univ. of Omaha 1 0 0 0 2 0 0% | 21 3 5 8 14 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 - - - - - - -% | 13 4 9 13 12 29 14%
Ridly Greig C/LW 18 Brandon WHL - - - - - - -% | - - - - - - -%
Maxence Guénette RD 19 Val-d'Or QMJHL 4 0 0 0 0 10 0% | 30 5 16 21 12 70 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 1 1 2 6 0% | 37 1 3 4 8 28 3.6%
Roby Järventie LW 18 Ilves Liiga 3 1 0 1 4 9 11% | 38 11 11 22 14 104 11%
Viktor Lodin C/LW 21 Timrå IK Allsvenskan 3 1 1 2 0 6 17% | 44 13 23 36 20 74 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%
Ottawa NHL 3 0 2 0 0 87 8 90.8% | 4 0 2 0 0 92 8 91.3%
Filip Gustavsson 22 Belleville AHL 4 1 3 0 0 102 12 88.2% | 5 2 3 0 0 128 13 89.8%
Kevin Mandolese 20 Belleville AHL - - - - - - - -% | 1 0 1 0 0 41 5 87.8%
Leevi Meriläinen 18 Kärpät U20 U20 SM-sarja - - - - - - - -% | 20 - - - - - - 92.9%
Mads Søgaard 20 Esbjerg Metal Ligaen - - - - - - - -% | 16 - - - - - - 92.2%