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Ottawa Senators Prospect Update - April 19th

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NHL: JUN 25 Senators Development Camp Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The future of the Ottawa Senators was on full display over the last week, particularly in Belleville. Well, not in Belleville, but you get the idea. Three straight wins against the same opponent is a great feeling, especially for a team that’s struggled to put together a string of wins like this one. You most certainly have already read Spencer’s detailed accounting of the series, now let’s take a look at this which players from around the organization stood out this week!

Forwards:

Angus Crookshank

Once again, the fifth-round pick from the 2018 NHL Entry Draft is proving that he’s much more than just the proprietor of the best name of any hockey prospect. With four assists in three games, he’s now up to 10 points in 8 games in what’s been a blazing start to his first professional season. It’s much-needed help for Egor Sokolov, who was single-handedly carrying Belleville’s offense earlier in the season; here’s a look at the chemistry they’ve built in a short time:

Ridly Greig

Further out west, Ridly Greig has been causing nightmares for everyone who bears witness to his craft; so much so that his last name might as well be Scott. Born in August, the 28th selection in the highly-regarded 2020 NHL Entry Draft was one of the youngest players in the class and yet was still able to achieve a point-per-game pace in the WHL. He had a massive week with the Brandon Wheat Kings, scoring 3 goals and 5 assists in 4 games, along with a whopping seventeen shots on goal!

With 27 points in 17 games, Greig is tied for fifth in league scoring and his 71 shots on goal are tied for third. Remember the last time the Senators had such a promising player developing in Brandon? Hint: It’s not Macoy Erkamps.

Josh Norris

While Norris is no longer a prospect, he was one at the end of last season, and whenever a young player has a dominant stretch of games in the NHL, he’s bound to feature in a few of these updates. Norris had two goals and three assists in three games this week, as he continues to gain invaluable experience against the best the North Division has to offer, as well as the Calgary Flames:

There’s a chance he could become the team’s best center since Jason Spezza, nothing’s guaranteed but he’s still just twenty-one years old and as such, has plenty of room to develop.

Defensemen:

Jonathan Aspirot

Aspirot had a strong performance against Stockton on Saturday, with a goal and an assist, bringing him to 8 points in 17 games, pretty solid numbers for his second AHL season. It’s pretty encouraging that in a year in which Trent Mann and his staff only had four draft picks to work with, they not only managed to nab Alex Formenton and Drake Batherson but also added a couple of potential depth pieces in Aspirot and Parker Kelly as undrafted free agents.

Lassi Thomson

At long last, Thomson has scored his first AHL goal! He’s known to have an incredibly hard slap shot, but he opted for the more accurate wrist shot to bring his team even.

Thomson now has 8 points in 23 games with Belleville; we’ll see if finding the back of the net can give him a bit more confidence, and potentially spark a dominant stretch of play.

Goaltending

Filip Gustavsson

This one’s pretty straightforward; Gustavsson started in two of Belleville’s three wins this week, allowing three goals on 61 shots for a save percentage of .951. Right now, it’s looking like the Senators should protect him in the Seattle Expansion Draft; he’s the youngest of the candidates, and currently projects as the team’s goalie of the future.

Silver Linings

  • Shane Pinto has quickly adapted to professional hockey, earning his first NHL point off a defensive-zone faceoff win, while effortlessly breaking up opposing plays in the neutral zone all the while.
  • Jacob Bernard-Docker also took part in his first NHL game on Wednesday against the Winnipeg Jets and didn’t look out of place in the 15:33 he played. Here’s hoping he can find his way into the majority of the team’s remaining games, you’d think Calgary would've been an ideal opponent since Ottawa’s had their number this season.
  • Meanwhile, in Allsvenskan playoff action, it appears Viktor Lodin’s gone and made a mess of things in front of the net, thanks to some high-end stickhandling:

The Senators’ fourth-round pick from 2019 had three points in three games with Timrå this week; they’re currently tied 1-1 with Björklöven in the final round of the playoffs.

  • 2018 sixth-rounder Kevin Mandolese helped Belleville secure the three-game sweep over the Heat, stopping 24 of 26 and bringing his overall save percentage to .892.
  • Circling back to Parker Kelly, he contributed on the scoresheet in all three games, for a total of two goals and one assist; he’s now at 10 points in 23 games.
  • A pair of draft overagers had strong showings for Belleville as well; 2018 5th-rounder Mark Kastelic and 2020 6th-rounder Cole Reinhardt had two points each. Every team needs guys like these; keep the core intact for the long term, and cycle young players into depth roles, that’s how a budget team remains competitive.

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%
Mike Amadio C/RW 24 NHL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% | 4 0 1 1 2 3 0%
Drake Batherson RW 22 NHL 3 2 1 3 0 7 29% | 46 15 13 28 6 96 16%
Jacob Bernard-Docker RD 20 NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 1 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Erik Brännström LD 21 NHL 3 0 1 1 4 3 0% | 20 2 6 8 16 32 6%
Erik Brännström LD 21 AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 4 0 5 5 6 4 0%
Alex Formenton LW 21 AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 13 4 0 4 22 31 13%
Alex Formenton LW 21 NHL 3 0 0 0 2 3 0% | 12 3 0 3 2 16 19%
Josh Norris C 21 NHL 3 2 3 5 2 3 67% | 46 13 16 29 8 77 17%
Shane Pinto C 20 NHL 2 0 1 1 0 1 0% | 2 0 1 1 0 1 0%
Tim Stützle LW/C 19 NHL 3 0 2 2 0 3 0% | 43 7 17 24 12 93 8%
Vitaly Abramov RW/LW 22 AHL 3 0 2 2 2 4 0% | 22 6 11 17 10 53 11%
Olle Alsing LD 24 AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 7 0 1 1 0 4 0%
Jonathan Aspirot LD 21 AHL 3 1 1 2 0 6 17% | 17 3 5 8 12 19 16%
Jean-Christophe Beaudin C/RW 24 AHL 3 2 0 2 0 8 25% | 23 2 4 6 9 23 9%
Logan Brown C 23 AHL 1 0 0 0 2 0 0% | 6 0 1 1 4 11 0%
Angus Crookshank LW/C 21 AHL 3 0 4 4 4 5 0% | 8 1 9 10 4 15 7%
Jonathan Davidsson RW 24 AHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 12 0 0 0 2 13 0%
Ridly Greig C/LW 18 AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 4 0 2 2 2 6 0%
Mark Kastelic C/RW 22 AHL 3 1 1 2 2 2 50% | 19 3 3 6 10 27 11%
Parker Kelly C 21 AHL 3 2 1 3 0 7 29% | 23 5 5 10 10 46 11%
Jack Kopacka LW 23 AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 7 0 1 1 2 15 0%
Zachary Magwood C 22 AHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 7 0 0 0 2 4 0%
Cole Reinhardt LW 21 AHL 3 1 1 2 2 3 33% | 22 3 4 7 8 25 12%
Egor Sokolov RW/LW 20 AHL 3 2 0 2 0 9 22% | 23 11 4 15 8 45 24%
Lassi Thomson RD 20 AHL 3 1 0 1 0 4 25% | 23 1 7 8 6 35 3%

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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 27 3 15 18 20 62 5%
Todd Burgess C/RW 25 Minnesota State Univ. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 25 5 9 14 6 46 11%
Angus Crookshank LW 21 Univ. of New Hampshire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 20 9 9 18 4 83 11%
Tyler Kleven LD 19 Univ. of North Dakota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 22 5 2 7 37 30 17%
Luke Loheit RW 20 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 28 3 2 5 35 22 14%
Jakov Novak LW/C 22 Bentley Univ. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 15 7 10 17 36 40 18%
Shane Pinto C 20 Univ. of North Dakota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 28 15 17 32 4 94 16%
Jake Sanderson LD 18 Univ. of North Dakota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 22 2 13 15 4 58 3%
Jonny Tychonick LD 21 Univ. of Omaha 0 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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 21 6 22 28 6 77 8%
Ridly Greig C/LW 18 Brandon WHL 4 3 5 8 10 17 18% | 17 9 18 27 35 71 13%
Maxence Guénette RD 19 Val-d'Or QMJHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 36 5 17 22 14 82 6%

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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 45 1 4 5 8 31 3.2%
Eric Engstrand LW/RW 20 Malmö Playoffs SHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 2 0 0 0 0 1 0%
Roby Järventie LW 18 Ilves Liiga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 48 14 11 25 16 134 10%
Roby Järventie LW 18 Ilves Playoffs Liiga 3 0 0 0 4 6 0% | 3 0 0 0 4 6 0%
Viktor Lodin C/LW 21 Timrå IK Allsvenskan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 47 14 26 40 20 85 16%
Viktor Lodin C/LW 21 Timrå IK Playoffs Allsvenskan 3 1 2 3 2 12 8% | 10 4 5 9 8 40 10%

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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 2 0 2 0 0 75 10 86.7%
Joey Daccord 24 Ottawa NHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 8 1 3 1 0 214 22 89.7%
Filip Gustavsson 22 Belleville AHL 2 2 0 0 0 61 3 95.1% | 11 5 5 1 0 348 29 91.7%
Filip Gustavsson 22 Ottawa NHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 4 2 1 0 1 111 6 94.6%
Kevin Mandolese 20 Belleville AHL 1 1 0 0 0 26 2 92.3% | 6 2 4 0 0 212 23 89.2%
Leevi Meriläinen 18 Kärpät U20 U20 SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 22 - - - - - - 93.4%
Leevi Meriläinen 18 Kärpät U20 Finals U20 SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 3 1 1 1 0 79 7 91.1%
Mads Søgaard 20 Esbjerg Metal Ligaen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 16 - - - - - - 92.2%
Mads Søgaard 20 Esbjerg Semi-Finals Metal Ligaen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 3 1 1 0 0 83 8 90.4%