Ottawa Senators Prospect Update: April 13th

Big strides for the youth movement this week

Despite the looming reality that both the Ottawa and Belleville Senators will eventually end their seasons in the abysses of the Canadian divisions, a lot of us feel a real sense of promise for what next season will bring after Pierre Dorion’s performance at the NHL trade deadline. While the Senators didn’t make any blockbuster moves like years past, they may have finally cleared the path for the players who will determine the future fate of the franchise and we should realistically get a lot of looks at some of Ottawa’s most intriguing prospects at the professional level in the coming weeks. So all that to say, we’ll have plenty of motivation to keep watching despite the league standings. Here’s the prospect team of the week:


How long exactly can Vitaly Abramov stay the Senators’ best kept secret? Abramov played elite hockey in the QMJHL, he stood out as maybe the Blue Jackets’ best prospect a couple years ago, and, as Spencer has explained at length, the skilled winger often looks like Belleville’s most valuable player. Abramov continued his scoring ways this week and he may yet get to a point-per-game pace on the season:

What more can we say about Tim Stützle really? While we’ve seen flashes of his brilliance all season long, Stützle’s offensive play has felt more consistent of late and he got rewarded with a goal and an assist during a primetime matchup against Ottawa’s most loathed of rivals:

Suffice to say, Angus Crookshank has transitioned flawlessly into the AHL (albeit in a small sample size). Crookshank continues to shoot the puck freely, averaging two shots per game with more than a P/GP pace established. His hot start alone should offer reason enough to follow Belleville down the stretch.


Don’t look now but Erik Brännström has points in back-to-back games and may have finally cemented his spot in the NHL lineup. Bonestorm kicked off the post Coburn/Reilly era in Ottawa keeping this play alive an earning a secondary assist on Connor Brown’s franchise record-breaking goal:

Music to the ears of sens fans, Lassi Thomson has looked like a lone bright spot on a very thing Belleville blueline this season. Realistically we still have another year or so before we’ll see Lassi in Ottawa but our loss is Belleville’s gain where he can continue increasing his minutes. Thomson picked up an assist on Egor Sokolov’s first goal last Thursday:


Leevi Meriläinen came devastatingly close to a championship in 2021 but alas Kärpät fell in the U20 finals 2-1 despite a strong performance from Ottawa’s newest netminding prospect.  Here are the highlights from Leevi’s game two win of the three-game series:

Silver Linings

  • Sens fans got more good news today outside of the trade-sphere as the team announced that Alex Formenton will stay in Ottawa (where he has belonged for a while now.)
  • This pair of handsome scholars has officially commenced practice with the Ottawa Senators:/
  • Mads Søgaard saw his season in Denmark come to an end as he recovered from injury but his team lost their semifinal matchup four games to two. Søgaard’s numbers fell off slightly in the post-season from what I would expect to be fatigue and injury. Mads doesn’t necessarily have to sign this summer so we’ll see if he stays in Europe of if Ottawa can fir him in the depth chart.
  • Elsewhere in postseason action, Todd Burgess and Loheit saw their respective teams eliminated in final four. For Burgess, this concludes his time in the NCAA and Ottawa will have to make a decision this summer. Loheit will likely have another season or two on campus.
  • And finally, Viktor Lodin’s Timrå IK squad can advance to the Allsvenskan finals today. Lodin himself suffered a concussion last week and could miss the finals should his team advance. We wish Viktor a speedy recovery./



Michael AmadioC/RW24NHL3011220%|3011220%
Drake BathersonRW22NHL41120714%|4313122568915%
Erik BrännströmLD21NHL3022230%|1725712297%
Erik BrännströmLD21AHL-------%|4055640%
Alex FormentonLW21AHL-------%|13404223113%
Alex FormentonLW21NHL41010714%|930301323%
Josh NorrisC21NHL42240367%|4311132467415%
Tim StützleLW/C19NHL41122128%|407152012908%
Vitaly AbramovRW/LW22AHL42464825%|19691584912%
Olle AlsingLD24AHL-------%|7011040%
Jonathan AspirotLD21AHL4123230%|14246121315%
Jean-Christophe BeaudinC/RW24AHL4011040%|200449150%
Logan BrownC23AHL-------%|50112110%
Angus CrookshankLW/C21AHL41450813%|515601010%
Jonathan DavidssonRW24AHL1000030%|110002130%
Ridly GreigC/LW18AHL-------%|4022260%
Mark KastelicC/RW21AHL1000010%|162248258%
Parker KellyC21AHL41012617%|2034710398%
Jack KopackaLW22AHL1000000%|70112150%
Zachary MagwoodC22AHL3000220%|6000240%
Cole ReinhardtLW20AHL2011220%|192356229%
Egor SokolovRW/LW20AHL42132367%|20941383625%
Lassi ThomsonRD20AHL4011060%|200776310%


Jacob Bernard-DockerRD20Univ. of North Dakota-------%|273151820625%
Todd BurgessC/RW25Minnesota State Univ.1000000%|25591464611%
Angus CrookshankLW21Univ. of New Hampshire-------%|20991848311%
Tyler KlevenLD19Univ. of North Dakota-------%|22527373017%
Luke LoheitRW20Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth1000000%|28325352214%
Jakov NovakLW/C22Bentley Univ.-------%|1571017364018%
Shane PintoC20Univ. of North Dakota-------%|2815173249416%
Jake SandersonLD18Univ. of North Dakota-------%|22213174583%
Jonny TychonickLD21Univ. of Omaha-------%|23358162114%


Philippe DaoustC19MonctonQMJHL-------%|21722296779%
Ridly GreigC/LW18BrandonWHL31232128%|1361319255411%
Maxence GuénetteRD19Val-d'OrQMJHL-------%|365172214826%


Eric EngstrandLW/RW20MalmöSHL-------%|451458313.2%
Eric EngstrandLW/RW20Malmö PLayoffsSHL2000010%|2000010%
Roby JärventieLW18IlvesLiiga31010813%|481411251613410%
Viktor LodinC/LW21Timrå IKAllsvenskan-------%|47142640208516%
Viktor LodinC/LW21Timrå IK PlayoffsAllsvenskan1000060%|733662811%


Joey Daccord24BellevilleAHL--------%|20200751086.7%
Joey Daccord24OttawaNHL--------%|813102142289.7%
Filip Gustavsson22BellevilleAHL311101111091.7%|935102172688.0%
Filip Gustavsson22OttawaNHL1010038489.5%|42101111694.6%
Kevin Mandolese20BellevilleAHL1010048787.3%|514001862188.7%
Leevi Meriläinen18Kärpät U20U20 SM-sarja--------%|22------93.4%
Leevi Meriläinen18Kärpät U20 FinalsU20 SM-sarja3111079791.9%|3111079791.1%
Mads Søgaard20EsbjergMetal Ligaen--------%|16------92.2%
Mads Søgaard20Esbjerg Semi-FinalsMetal Ligaen2110087390.1%|3110083890.4%

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