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Ottawa Senators Prospect Update - February 15th

Ridly Greig and Oliver Johansson had big performances this week, and we’re starting to see an intriguing fourth line being put together in Ottawa.

NHL: FEB 10 Penguins at Senators Photo by Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Between Ottawa, Belleville, and everywhere else you’d find an Ottawa Senators prospect, tons of players found a decent amount of success this week.

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Oliver Johansson

Your weekly Ridly Greig update will have to come a minute later than usual because Ottawa’s top prospect this week was Oliver Johansson. A forward drafted in the third round of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, he built on his dominant season in Sweden’s U-20 league with 3 goals and 4 assists in 3 games. Johansson is now up to 29 points in 23 games with Timrå IK and is most likely playing with the goal of landing a larger role in the SHL next season.

Ridly Greig

At this stage in his junior career, a 4-point week is a par for the course for the 28th-overall pick from 2020, but he brings a whole lot more to the table than just points. Greig is a Tom Wilson-esque forward who combines high-energy offense with the occasional dangerous, suspension-worthy hit. It might prove difficult for him to limit those plays without toning down the style of play that’s brought him success thus far, but if he’s able to find a balance and follow the lead of Brady Tkachuk, that’ll certainly make the Senators tough to play against, especially since Greig is also a noteworthy goalscorer, with 21 in 28 games with Brandon this year. He’s pretty good at passing the puck, too.

Zack Ostapchuk

Despite a relatively quiet offensive season for a second-round pick, Ostapchuk had a three-assist game against Prince George on Friday. He currently has 24 points in 37 games with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL, and next season will be a key indicator of whether or not he has a future in the NHL, a point-per-game pace should be the bare minimum in 2022-23.

Defensemen

Maxence Guenette

Boy, this 2019 NHL Draft class has been interesting, hasn’t it? Despite the long-term injury to Shane Pinto, as well as Mads Søgaard’s numbers dropping a bit in his last few games, things have been pretty positive overall, and seventh-rounder Maxence Guenette is certainly contributing to that. With a goal and 2 assists in his last three games, he’s now up to 13 points in 28 games in his first AHL season. He appears close to playing in his first NHL game, which would buck a trend for a seventh-round pick, and give the Senators another option on the right point in the long run.

Ben Roger

The second of two second-rounders from 2021, the right-shot defencemen hasn’t done much this season, but he certainly stood out this week, scoring his first goal of the season in Kingston’s massive 9-6 victory against Mississauga on Saturday, joining an odd-man rush and cashing in on a one-timer from the slot.

Now with 9 points in 39 OHL games, Roger has scored one-third of his points this year across his last 3 games — could this finally be the turning point in his junior career he’s been looking for?

Goaltending

Filip Gustavsson

It appears that Gustavsson is finally beginning to build momentum in the AHL this season. He backstopped Belleville to two victories over Lehigh Valley and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, allowing just one goal on 53 shots across the two games. Whether or not we see him in the NHL again before next season will depend on Matt Murray’s health, as well as what the organization plans to do with Anton Forsberg.

Silver Linings

  • The good news? Top defensive prospect Jake Sanderson took part in Team USA’s round-robin game against Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympics and picked up an assist in his team’s 4-2 victory on Saturday.

The bad news? He suffered an injury in that game, is now day-to-day, and likely won’t be back in time for a hypothetical gold medal game. It’s yet another horrible stroke of luck for a Senators’ player, but at least the chance of winning an Olympic medal at 19 years of age is still there.

  • Jonny Tychonick, Ottawa’s second-rounder from 2018, scored his first goal of the season in Omaha’s 4-2 loss to Miami on Saturday.
  • Carson Latimer had a solid week with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders, scoring a goal and two assists in three games, bringing the 2021 fourth rounder’s total up to 26 points in 38 games in the WHL.
  • Lastly, while neither found the scoresheet, Mark Kastelic and Parker Kelly did a hell of a job along with Clark Bishop on Ottawa’s fourth line against the Washington Capitals on Sunday. In the limited minutes we saw from them, they played against the top two opposing lines and generally had the better chances when they were on the ice.

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%
Jacob Bernard-Docker RD 21 AHL 3 0 0 0 2 3 0% | 24 2 1 3 14 19 11%
Jacob Bernard-Docker RD 21 NHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 8 0 1 1 4 6 0%
Erik Brännström LD 22 AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 9 1 2 3 10 21 5%
Erik Brännström LD 22 NHL 4 0 0 0 2 3 0% | 16 0 2 2 10 24 0%
Philippe Daoust C 20 AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 15 0 5 5 4 13 0%
Maxence Guénette RD 20 AHL 3 1 2 3 0 2 50% | 28 3 10 13 4 34 9%
Parker Kelly C 22 NHL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% | 12 1 1 2 4 10 10%
Parker Kelly C 22 AHL 1 1 0 1 0 4 0% | 24 3 7 10 26 48 6%
Shane Pinto C 21 NHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 5 0 1 1 2 5 0%
Jonathan Aspirot LD 22 AHL 3 0 2 2 2 1 0% | 17 1 9 10 12 26 4%
Angus Crookshank LW/C 22 AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Roby Järventie C/LW 19 AHL 3 1 1 2 0 8 13% | 36 6 14 20 16 82 7%
Mark Kastelic C/RW 22 NHL 4 0 0 0 2 0 0% | 8 0 1 1 2 1 0%
Mark Kastelic C/RW 22 AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 34 6 6 12 45 63 10%
Cole Reinhardt LW 22 AHL 3 0 2 2 0 5 0% | 37 5 10 15 33 64 8%
Egor Sokolov RW/LW 21 AHL 3 1 1 2 2 8 13% | 33 11 16 27 10 92 12%
Egor Sokolov RW/LW 21 NHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 8 0 0 0 4 8 0%
Lassi Thomson RD 21 AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 18 6 5 11 30 37 16%
Lassi Thomson RD 21 NHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 16 0 5 5 2 18 0%

NCAA

- - - - - Since the last prospect update - | - T O T A L -
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PLAYER POS AGE TEAM GP G A P PIM SOG SH% | GP G A P PIM SOG SH%
Tyler Boucher RW 19 Boston University 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 17 2 1 3 34 21 10%
Tyler Kleven LD 20 Univ. of North Dakota 2 0 1 1 0 3 0% | 29 4 3 7 64 61 7%
Luke Loheit RW 21 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth 3 0 2 2 4 5 0% | 21 2 4 6 22 31 6%
Jakov Novak LW/C 23 Northeastern Univ. 2 0 1 1 2 0 0% | 29 7 6 13 24 52 13%
Jake Sanderson LD 19 Univ. of North Dakota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 21 7 17 24 6 61 11%
Jonny Tychonick LD 21 Univ. of Omaha 2 1 0 1 2 5 20% | 17 1 2 3 15 26 4%

CHL

- - - - - - Since the last prospect update - | - T O T A L -
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PLAYER POS AGE TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM SOG SH% | GP G A P PIM SOG SH%
Tyler Boucher RW 19 Ottawa OHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 1 0 0 0 0 1 0%
Ridly Greig C/LW 19 Brandon WHL 3 2 2 4 4 13 15% | 28 21 21 42 59 127 17%
Carson Latimer RW 19 Edmonton/Prince Albert WHL 3 1 2 3 8 7 14% | 38 10 16 26 12 86 12%
Zach Ostapchuk C 18 Vancouver WHL 2 0 3 3 0 4 0% | 37 10 14 24 41 110 9%
Ben Roger RD 19 London/Kingston OHL 3 1 2 3 4 2 50% | 39 1 8 9 26 52 2%
Chandler Romeo LD 18 Hamilton/Sarnia OHL 2 0 0 0 9 2 0% | 40 1 11 12 70 49 2%
Philippe Daoust C 20 Saint John QMJHL 3 0 1 1 0 4 0% | 5 3 2 5 0 8 38%

Europe

- - - - - - Since the last prospect update - | - T O T A L -
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PLAYER POS AGE TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM SOG SH% | GP G A P PIM SOG SH%
Vitaly Abramov LW/RW 23 Chelyabinsk/Moscow KHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 45 8 9 17 28 66 12%
Olle Alsing LD 25 Nur-Sultan KHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 43 2 8 10 14 69 3%
Eric Engstrand LW 21 Malmö SHL 2 0 0 0 2 5 0% | 26 5 1 6 2 20 25%
Eric Engstrand LW 21 Troja/Ljungby IF Allsvenskan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 14 1 3 4 27 26 4%
Oliver Johansson C/LW 18 Timrå IK J20 Nationell 3 3 4 7 0 3 33% | 23 10 19 29 6 46 22%
Oliver Johansson C/LW 18 Timrå IK SHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% | 14 0 0 0 0 16 0%
Viktor Lodin C/LW 22 Timrå IK SHL 1 0 0 0 0 3 0% | 30 6 12 18 39 67 9%

Goalies

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PLAYER AGE TEAM LEAGUE GP W L OTL SOL SA GA SV% | GP W L OTL SOL SA GA SV%
Filip Gustavsson 23 Belleville AHL 2 2 0 0 0 53 1 98.1% | 6 3 2 0 0 151 15 90.1%
Filip Gustavsson 23 Ottawa NHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% | 12 3 8 1 0 399 43 89.2%
Kevin Mandolese 21 Belleville AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% | 12 5 5 0 0 306 32 89.5%
Kevin Mandolese 21 Atlanta ECHL 2 1 0 1 0 61 5 91.8% | 6 1 4 1 0 191 16 91.7%
Leevi Meriläinen 19 Kingston OHL 3 2 1 0 0 116 12 89.7% | 35 21 11 2 0 1065 119 88.8%
Mads Søgaard 21 Belleville AHL 1 0 1 0 0 35 5 85.7% | 21 10 10 0 0 565 53 90.6%