Ottawa Senators Prospect Update: Kastelic takes charge with five-point night

Shane Pinto and Mads Søgaard also have strong weeks while the BSens take a step back.

I guess you can blame me for breaking the Belleville Senators’ winning streak. While they appeared to tear down any opponent while Colin was on coverage, they had an up and down week this past week that Spencer will speak to in more detail.

As always with the Ottawa Senators prospect pool, when someone has a poor week, other prospects have stepped up. Let’s get to this week’s biggest standouts.

Biggest Standouts

Mark Kastelic

Named CHL Player of the Night for February 13th, Mark Kastelic had a game to remember with a four-goal, five-point effort that saw him enter the top-10 in Calgary Hitmen franchise scoring.

While Kastelic isn’t having the dominant year I’d expect from a 20-year-old overager that scored 47 goals last season, he sits 23rd in points-per-game and has been rediscovering the scoring groove he had in November and December. He’s 61.1% on the faceoff dot, and plays a strong, power game that may make him an intriguing pro in Belleville should the team decide to use one of their 50 standard player contract slots on him.

Shane Pinto

Pinto’s a year younger than Kastelic, and is having a season to remember for #1 ranked UND. He’s tied for fourth among first-year players in scoring with 24 points in 27 games — with Philadelphia’s Bobby Brink, who was taken just after — just behind top prospects Alex Newhook (COL), Trevor Zegras (ANA), and Cole Caufield (MTL).

Impressively, Pinto can do it all. He takes key faceoffs in all areas of the ice; has received ice-time on both special teams’ units; and is adept at getting to the area around the net for high-danger opportunities. While his shot was what was showcased in the World Juniors, Pinto also has decent vision, and can generate assists by putting the puck into dangerous areas of the ice.

It’ll be really interesting to see what the Sens decide to do with Pinto and Jacob Bernard-Docker — who had three points this past week — in the offseason. Belleville is thin on defence from a prospect perspective, but the team is overloaded with forwards and Pinto is only 19. Next year’s UND squad will likely have a tougher season, so Pinto may have to respond to adversity in a different way than he’s had to this year.

Mads Søgaard

The goalie prospect that’s been having the most questionable season so far, Søgaard has season his save percentage drop from 0.921% in his rookie season with Medicine Hat, to 0.902% currently.

The third goaltender taken in last year’s draft, it’s been hard to not criticize Søgaard and the Sens because a) he plays for a top scoring team in Medicine Hat, and b) seventh rounder Dustin Wolf leads the WHL in save percentage. However, just because a team is good at offence doesn’t mean they’re good at defending, and while the goaltenders surely have been a part of the problem for the Tigers this season, they don’t have notable names playing rearguard and appear loose in coverage.

To his credit, all Søgaard can control is making his next game better than his last, and so far in February, he’s done a good job of putting together a decent streak. Case in point? Recording his third shutout of the season (and second this month!) on February 11th:

It’s this kind of athleticism for a 6-foot-7 netminder that made Søgaard a second round pick, and what the Sens are banking on to develop as the rest of his game settles down. He’s very much a boom or bust prospect:

While it’ll be weird for an import goaltender to play a full three seasons in the WHL, the Sens don’t have to sign him yet, and I wonder if he heads back overseas to develop against pros.

Silver Linings

  • While we won’t count Christian Wolanin as a “prospect” anymore, he played in two of the BSens’ three games this week and had a fight (!!!) in his return from a shoulder injury. Barring trades, it sounds like the plan is to have him to finish the year in the AHL and contribute to a deep playoff run.
  • A player who’s also been injured to start 2020, and then went on a massive cold streak, Vitaly Abramov is heating up again. He had three points and 13 shots in three games this past week.
  • Like Colin mentioned last week, Logan Brown has been battling a wrist injury that’s impeded his puck handling and his shot. This big hit, courtesy of Mason Marchment, didn’t help; Brown didn’t return to the game and per Troy Mann, is out for at least two weeks.
  • Max Lajoie missed the team’s third game, but it was because he was a healthy scratch. Troy Mann spoke about how some of this is having to manage 11 defenders, while some of it is about Lajoie improving his game. He’s not as offensively talented as Brännström, Wolanin, or Murray, nor does the team see him as a more effective penalty killer than some of the others in the lineup. He burst onto the scene last year, but is young and has a history of playing a smart, effective game. I hope he uses this to rebound.
  • By this time next week, the NHL and AHL trade deadlines would’ve passed. While that’s likely going to mean new faces added to our prospects list, there’s also the possibility that the Sens may move some players from a position of strength. In his latest 31 Thoughts column, Elliotte Friedman mentioned that Max Veronneau may be on the move. Last year’s big collegiate free agent, Veronneau has been in and out of the lineup, and has 10 points in 33 games this season with Belleville. He suited up for four NHL games, but has gone pointless. He had four points (2G, 2A) in 12 NHL games to end last season.
  • Lassi Thomson’s Ilves squad will see their regular season end on March 14th, but look set to make the Liiga playoffs. Will be interesting to follow the timing of his year, because he’s got a shot at joining Belleville for their playoff run.
  • With four goals in four games this week, Johnny Gruden continues to have a strong year with the London Knights.
  • Angus Crookshank and Jakov Novak have been used to putting up the points, but this past week, they put up the PIMs. Crookshank had 15 and Novak had 19 over two games.
  • Other than Søgaard, it was a rough week for the goaltenders. While Marcus Hogberg was pulled against the Leafs, he still managed to increase his save percentage this week, and is now up to a respectable 0.911% for the season. /

Weekly Stats


Alex FormentonLW20AHL1000030%|612726536515817%
Drake BathersonRW21AHL1000010%|441638542413412%
Filip ChlapikC22AHL1000000%|37101222498112%
Jonathan DavidssonRW23AHL-------|1823561911%
Josh NorrisC20AHL1000030%|563130612116019%
Logan BrownC22AHL-------|2572128435812%
Michael CarconeLW23AHL1000020%|59131427641429%
Morgan KlimchukLW25AHL-------|49121426146120%
Parker KellyC/RW20AHL1000000%|5710616185518%
Rudolfs BalcersLW22AHL-------|33162036147821%
Vitaly AbramovRW/LW21AHL1000000%|511823413012614%
Christian JarosRD23AHL-------|342131514375%
Maxime LajoieLD22AHL1000010%|484131724666%
Jean-Christophe BeaudinC/RW22NHL-------|220117180%
Andreas EnglundLD24NHL2011000%|2403312100%
Erik BrännströmLD20NHL-------|3104416380%

Canadian Hockey League

Johnny GrudenLW19London KnightsOHL-------|593036662315220%
Maxence GuénetteRD18Val-d'Or ForeursQMJHL1022050%|62112940221308%
Mark KastelicC21Calgary HitmenWHL-------|583830688322717%


Angus CrookshankLW20Univ. of New Hampshire-------|34166223913712%
Chris WilkieRW23Colorado College-------|34238313617513%
Jakov NovakLW/C21Bentley Univ.-------|351614308410016%
Luke LoheitRW19Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth-------|3351682719%
Shane PintoC19Univ. of North Dakota-------|33161228469118%
Todd BurgessC/RW23RPI-------|3214620207918%
Jacob Bernard-DockerRD19Univ. of North Dakota-------|3271825125513%
Jonny TychonickLD20Univ. of North Dakota-------|244711141233%

European Leagues

Markus NurmiRW/LW21TPSLiiga-------|571414282813211%
Lassi ThomsonRD19IlvesLiiga-------|397613121315%
Viktor LodinC/LW20Örebro HKSHL-------|220442200%
HC Vita HästenAllsvenskan-------|1835842711%
Olle AlsingLD23Djurgårdens IFSHL-------|364162020557%


Filip Gustavsson21Belleville SenatorsAHL1010037294.6%|24156306737588.9%
Joey Daccord23Belleville SenatorsAHL--------|24156217216191.5%
Brampton BeastECHL--------|1275003423490.1%
Marcus Högberg25Ottawa SenatorsNHL1010015566.7%|2458627287090.4%
Belleville SenatorsAHL--------|1576004084289.7%
Kevin Mandolese19Cape Breton EaglesQMJHL1010047393.6%|372681010908292.5%
Mads Søgaard19Medicine Hat TigersWHL--------|372113119678990.8%

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