Ottawa Senators Prospect Update - January 4th

Maxence Guenette is making a bit of noise, and is close to an NHL opportunity.

Just as things seemed to be looking up for the Ottawa Senators, the team went ahead and lost three games in a row, their AHL affiliate fell in two of three, and their top prospects saw their World Junior tournament come to a premature end. With so many players out with injury and/or illness, my focus has shifted even more towards evaluating individual performances than before, which is what these updates are all about.

  • Defenceman Maxence Guenette was Ottawa’s most productive prospect this past week, with 3 assists in his 2 games, bringing him up to 7 points in 16 games with Belleville, a solid pace for a defenseman in his first professional season, let alone one drafted in the seventh round. Here, you’ll see him receive the puck at the blue line, avoid a stick check and quickly get the puck on net, where Roby Järventie takes advantage of the ensuing scrum./

Järventie, Ottawa’s first of three second-round picks from the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, also stood out with a 2-point night on Saturday, and he currently has 11 points in 23 games in his first AHL season.

  • Guenette was recently called up to the Sens’ taxi squad in response to the plethora of positive COVID-19 cases that have swarmed the roster. With the injuries on top of that, Guenette is now practicing on the team’s second pair with Erik Brännström. /

Ottawa isn’t scheduled to return to action until Saturday, Jan. 8th against the Vancouver Canucks, and with Nikita Zaitsev and Josh Brown still on the injured reserve, mark that day on your calendar as a potential first NHL game, preferably using something that’ll come off easily, since the schedule is currently as volatile as the team itself.

  • Brännström and Lassi Thomson played against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, and the former in particular was impressive in 3:31 of penalty killing time.
  • With one assist in his only game this week, forward Viktor Lodin now has 17 points in 22 games with Timrå IK this season. That’s a lower points-per-game pace than from last season, but Timrå was playing in the second-tier Allsvenskan — by winning the championship that year, the club was promoted to the SHL, in which they’re currently second-last in the league with a 10-19-0 (wins-losses-ties) record. Lodin being able to produce at this rate against tougher competition is a sign that he may become a useful forward for Belleville next season at the very least. We’ve seen him do some preposterous things with the puck, and I’m curious to see what the 2019 fourth-rounder will become if he’s able to work out whatever has been holding him back from being a more consistent offensive threat.
  • While we’re on the subject of the SHL, can you guess which former Sens prospect is currently leading the league in goals? (Hint: he’s not Swedish!)
  • Mads Søgaard and Kevin Mandolese both logged minutes against the Marlies over the last few days. Mandolese stopped 24 of 25 in Saturday’s win but was pulled in the following game yesterday after allowing 3 goals on 6 shots. Søgaard held off all 16 shots he faced in relief.
  • While he’s cooled off from his hot start, Carson Latimer, a 2021 fourth-round pick has continued to find success with the Prince Albert Raiders, adding two assists in three games, for a new total of 11 points in 10 games. Former Raider Parker Kelly has become a useful depth piece within Ottawa’s prospect pool, and it appears that Latimer is on his way to following in the former’s footsteps./


Pro (NHL, AHL)

Jacob Bernard-DockerRD21AHL0000000%|1821381513%
Jacob Bernard-DockerRD21NHL0000000%|3011230%
Erik BrännströmLD22AHL0000000%|912310215%
Erik BrännströmLD22NHL1000030%|3000240%
Philippe DaoustC20AHL1000010%|150554130%
Maxence GuénetteRD20AHL2033230%|1625741911%
Parker KellyC22NHL0000000%|111124911%
Parker KellyC22AHL31012110%|1324620346%
Shane PintoC21NHL0000000%|5011250%
Jonathan AspirotLD22AHL0000000%|6033490%
Angus CrookshankLW/C22AHL0000000%|0000000%
Roby JärventieC/LW19AHL21120813%|2347118538%
Mark KastelicC/RW22AHL3000640%|2545934439%
Cole ReinhardtLW21AHL3000640%|24371031417%
Egor SokolovRW/LW21AHL3022070%|21412166636%
Egor SokolovRW/LW21NHL0000000%|4000450%
Lassi ThomsonRD21AHL1000050%|932562612%
Lassi ThomsonRD21NHL1000000%|120332150%


Tyler BoucherRW18Boston University0000000%|17213342110%
Tyler KlevenLD19Univ. of North Dakota0000000%|19426583910%
Luke LoheitRW21Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth2000200%|1210114166%
Jakov NovakLW/C23Northeastern Univ.0000000%|18538162917%
Jake SandersonLD19Univ. of North Dakota0000000%|156131944613%
Jonny TychonickLD21Univ. of Omaha2000010%|80009120%


Ridly GreigC/LW19BrandonWHL0000000%|19141428469115%
Carson LatimerRW18Edmonton/Prince AlbertWHL3022060%|289101946314%
Zach OstapchukC18VancouverWHL210117911%|268816387910%
Ben RogerRD19London/KingstonOHL0000000%|2505514300%
Chandler RomeoLD18HamiltonOHL1011010%|2818936343%


Vitaly AbramovLW/RW23Chelyabinsk/MoscowKHL2000220%|438917286313%
Olle AlsingLD25Nur-SultanKHL2000050%|41281012653%
Eric EngstrandLW21MalmöSHL0000000%|2041501331%
Eric EngstrandLW21Troja/Ljungby IFAllsvenskan2000050%|1413427264%
Oliver JohanssonC/LW18Timrå IKJ20 Nationell0000000%|14591442818%
Oliver JohanssonC/LW18Timrå IKSHL0000000%|120000160%
Viktor LodinC/LW22Timrå IKSHL1011040%|2251217335010%


Filip Gustavsson23BellevilleAHL00000000.0%|1010032487.5%
Filip Gustavsson23OttawaNHL00000000.0%|1137103734089.3%
Kevin Mandolese21BellevilleAHL2110031487.1%|1155002922990.1%
Kevin Mandolese21AtlantaECHL00000000.0%|3030096891.7%
Leevi Meriläinen19KingstonOHL00000000.0%|21144106386689.7%
Mads Søgaard21BellevilleAHL1000016160.0%|1265003342791.9%

World Juniors

Ridly GreigLW/C19Canada2011000%
Roby JärventieLW19Finland1000220%
Jake SandersonLD19USA1000000%
Tyler KlevenLD19USA1000000%
Leevi MeriläinenG19Finland110012495.8%

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