Ottawa Senators Prospect Update - January 25th

The defence corps of tomorrow—today!

With the Belleville Senators off this past week, and not too much in terms of offence to speak off, consider this update a lot more quality than quantity with a few names in particular really carrying the team. Not that we can complain though. What we’ve lost in junior and collegiate representation (and even in AHL domination) we’ve gained in a legitimately exciting core of young NHLers who seem painfully close to really putting it together.

Team of the Week


Viktor Lodin

While his team continues to languish in the SHL standings, Lodin has steadily improved his stock with a breakout professional season in Sweden’s top league. After a solid 2021, it took four games for Lodin to collect his first goal (and point) of 2022 but not for lack of effort with 11 shots in that same span (and he ended his drought against an old friend of ours):

Carson Latimer

Keeping up his solid pace since joining Prince Albert (now up to 15 points and 37 shots in 14 games as a Raider) Latimer had a season-high six shots against Winnipeg on Friday night and an apple against Medicine Hat on Saturday. Latimer steadily remains my favourite pick of Ottawa’s 2021 draft (with Oliver Johansson at his heels for now).

Luke Loheit

After falling off the map for a while, the still-young Loheit returns to our coverage in a big way with a goal and an assist last Friday against Jonny Tychonick and the University of Omaha. While he still seems like a long-shot to make it to Ottawa, it never hurts to have the depth in the system and Belleville can always use an extra winger (especially down the right side).


Erik Brännström & Jacob Bernard-Docker

For whatever reason, it finally feels like things have started clicking into place for Ottawa’s next generation of young defenders, and we got a beautiful glimpse of the future this past week. While they didn’t provide a lot in terms of counting stats (just the one assist from Brännström) these two have played exceptional defence in Ottawa. Respectively they lead Ottawa in five-on-five score- and venue-adjusted corsi against per 60 (Thomas Chabot and Artem Zub rank third and fourth). Fenwick against? Same two defenders just ahead of Chabot and Zub. Expected goals against per 60? Brännström (2.21) and Bernard-Docker (2.23) just ahead of Chabot (2.53) and Zub (2.44). (Also shoutout to Lassi Thomson who ranks sixth in Corsi and Fenwick, and fifth in expected goals). (I tweeted out this handy table that makes the data much easier to interpret).

By the numbers, Brännström has also become Ottawa’s most efficient generator of offence, outpacing Chabot in 5V5SVA Corsi, Fenwick, and expected goals per 60, and remains a viable powerplay quarterback (again a nod to Thomson who maybe unsurprisingly has even better powerplay rates per 60 than Brännström albeit in a small sample size). Between their solid defensive play and increasing confidence on offence, the Sens might just actually have a bona fide top four thanks to these youngsters.


Leevi Meriläinen

While he didn’t have much competition this week, Meriläinen still probably would have taken home the honours even on the best of weeks. After four losses to start 2022, Meriläinen bounced back with two strong starts including a shutout in his last game (Sunday against Oshawa).

And Meriläinen found his way into OHL trivia with a rare and impressive feat Friday against Hamilton:



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Jacob Bernard-DockerRD21NHL3000220%|8011460%
Erik BrännströmLD22AHL0000000%|912310215%
Erik BrännströmLD22NHL4011080%|90116160%
Philippe DaoustC20AHL0000000%|150554130%
Maxence GuénetteRD20AHL0000000%|2228104287%
Parker KellyC22NHL0000000%|111124911%
Parker KellyC22AHL0000000%|1927922425%
Shane PintoC21NHL0000000%|5011250%
Jonathan AspirotLD22AHL0000000%|101566215%
Angus CrookshankLW/C22AHL0000000%|0000000%
Roby JärventieC/LW19AHL0000000%|295111610658%
Mark KastelicC/RW22AHL0000000%|31561138589%
Cole ReinhardtLW21AHL0000000%|30581333549%
Egor SokolovRW/LW21AHL0000000%|279122187812%
Egor SokolovRW/LW21NHL0000000%|4000450%
Lassi ThomsonRD21AHL0000000%|15538263415%
Lassi ThomsonRD21NHL0000000%|120332150%


Tyler BoucherRW19Boston University0000000%|17213342110%
Tyler KlevenLD20Univ. of North Dakota2000040%|2342662498%
Luke LoheitRW21Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth21122250%|1621318248%
Jakov NovakLW/C23Northeastern Univ.2000490%|246410224713%
Jake SandersonLD19Univ. of North Dakota2000050%|196162265311%
Jonny TychonickLD21Univ. of Omaha2011000%|110119130%


Ridly GreigC/LW19BrandonWHL0000000%|231817354810917%
Carson LatimerRW19Edmonton/Prince AlbertWHL3011080%|329142347312%
Zach OstapchukC18VancouverWHL11010250%|2991019308810%
Ben RogerRD19London/KingstonOHL40002120%|3106618460%
Chandler RomeoLD18Hamilton/SarniaOHL2000850%|341101152403%


Vitaly AbramovLW/RW23Chelyabinsk/MoscowKHL0000000%|458917286612%
Olle AlsingLD25Nur-SultanKHL0000000%|43281014693%
Eric EngstrandLW21MalmöSHL1000000%|2241501331%
Eric EngstrandLW21Troja/Ljungby IFAllsvenskan0000000%|1413427264%
Oliver JohanssonC/LW18Timrå IKJ20 Nationell11010520%|186131964115%
Oliver JohanssonC/LW18Timrå IKSHL1000000%|130000160%
Viktor LodinC/LW22Timrå IKSHL31012813%|255121735579%


Filip Gustavsson23BellevilleAHL00000000.0%|31200881286.4%
Filip Gustavsson23OttawaNHL1010026388.5%|1238103994389.2%
Kevin Mandolese21BellevilleAHL00000000.0%|1255003063289.5%
Kevin Mandolese21AtlantaECHL00000000.0%|3030096891.7%
Leevi Meriläinen19KingstonOHL3210090594.4%|27168308129088.9%
Mads Søgaard21BellevilleAHL00000000.0%|1687004383891.3%

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