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Ottawa Senators Prospect Update - April 5th

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Belleville takes center stage in today’s update following a massive 7-2 win over the Toronto Marlies.

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The Fighting Hawks have fallen, leagues in Europe are wrapping up, and the Ottawa Senators continue to inexplicably keep Erik Brännström from playing hockey. On the bright side, the Belleville Senators came through with a huge win, and the WHL continues to be tormented by one Ridly Greig.

Forwards

Egor Sokolov

The last of three second-round picks in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft continued to lead the way offensively in Belleville, scoring his first professional hat-trick in a 7-2 win over the Toronto Marlies. Shout-out to Angus Crookshank for the primary assist on the following goal; his first professional point:

Sokolov now has 7 goals and 3 assists in 16 games, pretty good for his first pro season. He’s got plenty of time to develop before he attempts to make the jump to the NHL.

Ridly Greig

Greig has been a thorn in the side of opposing players, which is a quality that will serve him well for his entire career. The question is, how much can he contribute offensively? Ten games in, things are pointing towards a potential top-six ceiling.

In four games with the Brandon Wheat Kings this week, he contributed 3 goals and 3 assists, while throwing 15 pucks on net. Expect Greig to be an absolute menace on Ottawa’s third line in a few years.

Vitaly Abramov

After a solid year with Belleville, Abramov’s production has suffered due to the loss of several talented players, but his 9 points in 15 games underwhelming even when taking that into account. Saturday was a step in the right direction, as he tallied one goal and one assist:

Abramov is on the final year of his entry-level deal, and he’ll likely sign a two-way contract in the offseason. From there, he’ll try to crack a roster with few openings on the wing. If he can’t, the team runs the risk of losing him on waivers.

Defensemen

Jonathan Aspirot

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Aspirot, he’s a forward-turned defenseman who went undrafted in 2017. He attended multiple Sens development camps before signing his entry-level deal last season. After a slow start this year, he came up big this week, with a three-point effort against Toronto, and is now up to 4 points in 10 games this season.

Lassi Thomson

Still awaiting his first professional goal, Thomson continues to pick up assists; with one this week, he’s now at 6 in 16. The adjustment to the pro game has been pretty smooth, Thomson most likely benefits from having played with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL during his draft year. Going from the WHL to Europe is an interesting development path to the NHL, but Thomson has begun his career in Belleville with prior experience playing on North American ice, as well as against players much older than him.

Goaltending

Mads Søgaard

Søgaard was injured during playoff action in Denmark this week; he stopped all seven shots he faced before leaving the game, which is still enough to qualify for this week’s team as one of only two goalies who played. Søgaard is expected to come to Belleville, potentially on an amateur tryout contract, once his season with the Esjberg Energy comes to an end.

Silver Linings

  • Two Senators prospects, Luke Loheit (Minnesota-Duluth) and Todd Burgess (Minnesota State) will be taking part in this year’s Frozen Four. Minn. State will take on St. Cloud State at 5 pm, while Minn. Duluth play Massachusetts at 9 pm.
  • Parker Kelly, another undrafted free agent from the 2017 class, also had a strong game with Belleville, with one goal and assist.
  • Viktor Lodin had two assists in two games in Allsvenskan playoff action this week, helping Timra to a 2-0 lead in their ongoing playoff series.

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 3 1 1 2 0 5 20% | 39 12 11 23 6 82 15%
Erik Brännström LD 21 NHL - - - - - - -% | 14 2 3 5 10 26 8%
Erik Brännström LD 21 AHL - - - - - - -% | 4 0 5 5 6 4 0%
Josh Norris C 21 NHL 3 1 1 2 0 4 25% | 39 9 11 20 6 71 13%
Tim Stützle LW/C 19 NHL 3 0 1 1 0 3 0% | 36 6 14 20 10 78 8%
Vitaly Abramov RW/LW 22 AHL 1 1 1 2 0 1 100% | 15 4 5 9 4 41 10%
Olle Alsing LD 24 AHL - - - - - - -% | 7 0 1 1 0 4 0%
Jonathan Aspirot LD 21 AHL 1 1 2 3 4 2 50% | 10 1 3 4 10 9 11%
Jean-Christophe Beaudin C/RW 24 AHL 1 0 0 0 5 2 0% | 16 0 3 3 9 11 0%
Clark Bishop C 24 AHL - - - - - - -% | 3 1 0 1 4 8 13%
Clark Bishop C 24 NHL 3 0 0 0 0 6 0% | 10 0 3 3 2 14 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 - - - - - - -% | 13 4 0 4 22 31 13%
Alex Formenton LW 21 NHL 3 1 0 1 0 2 50% | 5 2 0 2 0 6 33%
Ridly Greig C/LW 18 AHL - - - - - - -% | 4 0 2 2 2 6 0%
Mark Kastelic C/RW 21 AHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 15 2 2 4 8 24 8%
Parker Kelly C 21 AHL 1 1 1 2 0 3 33% | 16 2 4 6 8 33 6%
Jack Kopacka LW 22 AHL - - - - - - -% | 6 0 1 1 2 12 0%
Zachary Magwood C 22 AHL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% | 3 0 0 0 0 2 0%
Cole Reinhardt LW 20 AHL 1 1 0 1 0 1 100% | 15 2 2 4 4 20 10%
Egor Sokolov RW/LW 20 AHL 1 3 0 3 2 7 43% | 16 7 3 10 6 36 19%
Lassi Thomson RD 20 AHL 1 0 1 1 0 1 0% | 16 0 6 6 6 26 0%
Angus Crookshank LW/C 21 AHL 1 0 1 1 0 2 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 - - - - - - -% | 27 3 15 18 20 62 5%
Todd Burgess C/RW 25 Minnesota State Univ. - - - - - - -% | 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 - - - - - - -% | 22 5 2 7 37 30 17%
Luke Loheit RW 20 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth - - - - - - -% | 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 - - - - - - -% | 28 15 17 32 4 94 16%
Jake Sanderson LD 18 Univ. of North Dakota - - - - - - -% | 20 2 13 15 4 58 3%
Jonny Tychonick LD 21 Univ. of Omaha - - - - - - -% | 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 - - - - - - -% | 21 6 22 28 20 45 13%
Ridly Greig C/LW 18 Brandon WHL 4 3 3 6 6 15 20% | 10 5 10 15 23 42 11.9%
Maxence Guénette RD 19 Val-d'Or QMJHL 3 0 0 0 2 9 0% | 37 5 17 22 16 85 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 2 0 0 0 0 2 0% | 45 1 4 5 8 31 3.2%
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 2 0 2 2 0 5 0% | 6 3 3 6 6 22 14%

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 0 1 0 0 38 4 89.5% | 4 2 1 0 1 111 6 94.6%
Kevin Mandolese 20 Belleville AHL - - - - - - - -% | 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%
Mads Søgaard 20 Esbjerg Metal Ligaen - - - - - - - -% | 16 - - - - - - 92.2%
Mads Søgaard 20 Esbjerg Playoffs Metal Ligaen 1 0 0 0 0 7 7 100.0% | 4 1 0 2 0 76 9 87.0%