After the Senators wrapped up their annual rookie camp last week, the team announced their 57 player roster for training camp on Wednesday morning.
There aren’t many surprises on this list, which features the team’s likely NHL and AHL rosters, as well as their top prospects who are either signed or CHL eligible. As a reminder, players currently committed to collegiate hockey cannot attend, and with European camps underway, a player like Markus Nurmi is already in action and therefore, not at this camp.
- Craig Anderson, Mike Condon, Filip Gustavsson, Marcus Hogberg, Mike McKenna — signed to pro contracts
- Jordan Hollett (Medicine Hat - WHL), Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton - QMJHL) — unsigned prospects drafted by the organization/
- Julius Bergman, Mark Borowiecki, Erik Burgdoefer, Cody Ceci, Thomas Chabot, Andreas Englund, Macoy Erkamps, Ben Harpur, Christian Jaros, Erik Karlsson, Maxime Lajoie, Stuart Percy, Patrick Sieloff, Chris Wideman, Christian Wolanin — signed to pro contracts
- Jonathan Aspirot (Moncton - QMJHL) — tryout; attended rookie camp/
- Chase Bailsy, Drake Batherson, Mikkel Boedker, Logan Brown, Paul Carey, Filip Chlapik, Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, Alex Formenton, Marian Gaborik, Gabriel Gagné, Parker Kelly, Joe Labate, Boston Leier, Aaron Luchuk, Max McCormick, Magnus Paajarvi, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Nick Paul, Francis Perron, Tom Pyatt, Jack Rodewald, Bobby Ryan, Ryan Scarfo, Ben Sexton, Zack Smith, Mark Stone, Andrew Sturtz, Adam Tambellini, Brady Tkachuk, Colin White — signed to pro contracts
- Jack Skille — professional tryout
- Gregor MacLeod — tryout; attended rookie camp/
Other players who attended rookie camp but didn’t make the cut: Charles-Edouard D’Astous, Brady Lyle, Nicolas Mattinen, Chase Stewart, Luka Burzan, and Robert Lynch.
Skille is the biggest name in terms of a camp invite. The former 7th overall pick in 2005, Skille played two seasons at the University of Wisconsin before turning pro with Chicago. He spent four seasons in the Windy City, including the cup win in 2010, and then played: two and a half seasons with the Panthers, two seasons with the Blue Jackets, a season with the Canucks, and most recently, a season with Dinamo Minsk in the KHL. He’s primarily received fourth-line minutes at the NHL level, putting up 0.23 points-per-game.
MacLeod and Aspirot are the rookie camp survivors. A late bloomer, MacLeod put up 45 points in 54 games last year in the Q and is set to return to the Québec Remparts as an overager. Interestingly, he was a teammate and occasional linemate of Filip Chlapik’s in Charlottetown a couple years ago. Aspirot is a year younger than MacLeod, and put up 26 points in 67 games from the backend in Moncton last year. A forward turned defenceman, the Sens must’ve liked what they saw out of his transition game at camp.
The Senators play six pre-season games, including four in five days from September 18th to 22nd. You can expect a big cut on or around the third game (v. Chicago) on the 21st, where the camp generally splits into AHL and NHL groups. The team wraps up the preseason against Chicago on Sept. 27 and Montreal on Sept. 29, with the season starting on October 4th.