Ottawa Senators Prospect Update - March 15th

A brand-new captain is off to a good start in his brand-new leadership role.

No matter how dreadful things are going with the big club, we can always count on the Ottawa Senators prospect pool for at least a couple of bright spots in a pinch. And this week, there were many.

Forwards

Zack Ostapchuk

Ostapchuk has been on the upswing ever since he stepped into the role as captain of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. In three games this week, the 2021 second-rounder contributed 2 goals and 2 assists, and now has 34 points in 48 games. He’ll have to continue on his recent pace and continue to improve on his season total in order to make the selection worth it, but a significant moment in his career could be just what the doctor ordered.

Mark Kastelic

Among a strong week for Kastelic was a 2-point night in a 4-1 victory on Wednesday against the Providence Bruins, which included a goal created by his willingness to crash the net and find a loose puck.

19 points in 45 games with Belleville doesn’t indicate a high offensive ceiling, but the 2019 fifth-round pick could be very close to panning out as a successful and cost-effective fourth-liner in the NHL, perhaps as early as next season. Though it’s hard to say whether or not he’ll get another stint with Ottawa this season, I’m of the opinion they could use him right now for the sake of winning games, especially for his 64.62% success rate in the faceoff dot through 9 NHL contests so far.

Egor Sokolov

Sokolov enjoyed a fair bit of success as a playmaker this week, with 3 assists in 3 games, but all of that plays second-fiddle to this marker in a shootout against Manitoba on Friday:

In his second professional season, Sokolov has tallied 34 points in 42 AHL games, which is an improvement over last season, but considering what guys like Drake Batherson and Alex Formenton have done in the past, it might be an indicator that Sokolov’s long-term projection will top out as a third-line forward at the NHL level, and the team might need him to be more than that at some point, depending on the development of their other young players. The best the team can do right now is to continue to give him as much AHL seasoning as they can, and give him an opportunity to surprise next season, without banking on that possibility.

Defensemen

Jake Sanderson

I suppose Sanderson’s return has been passable — 2 points in 2 games isn’t too bad for a defensive prospect whose biggest strength above all else is his creativity in the offensive zone. Hang on...I might not be remembering that correctly. Wasn’t he actually known for being a thoroughly efficient two-way player with a limited offensive toolkit as his only flaw? So what’s the deal here?

It looks like we’ve got a complete player on our hands here. It should be no surprise given he was a projected Top-10 pick in one of the most hyped-up NHL drafts in recent history. And the Senators won’t need to rely on him to be “the guy” right away, either. Just a competent NHL defenseman will make a huge difference.

Lassi Thomson

After going pointless in 7 consecutive games, Ottawa’s first-rounder from 2019 is up and running again, with 3 points in 2 games, and is up to 19 points in 29 AHL games.

Thomson was widely considered to be yet another one of Ottawa’s trademark selections, in which they took a player too high. However, he was the best right-handed blueliner available, and that level of production in his third season after the draft gives us a glimpse of a potential second-pairing defenseman. Either him or Jacob Bernard-Docker should take part in each of Ottawa’s games after the trade deadline, if not sooner. I understand the necessity to keep them in the AHL, but at some point, the exorbitant amount of losing going on in the nation’s capital will turn them into the new Buffalo Sabres. Let the best players play.

Goaltending

Leevi Meriläinen

Kingston’s starting goalie continues to be just good enough to help the team continue their winning ways. Be it a .929 save percentage or a 0.895, he’s more often than not making the stops the team needs from him. It’s hard to say whether he’ll be ready for a backup role in the AHL next season, as his overall .889 save percentage doesn’t scream “future NHL goalie”. The good news is that he’s playing on a team that’s giving him plenty of support, which should hopefully allow them to go deep in the playoffs, and give Meriläinen ample opportunity to fine-tune his game.

Silver Linings

  • In three games, forward Ridly Greig had a goal, two assists, 8 penalty minutes, and 8 shots on goal. In other words, he was fine.
  • After a strong stretch of games last week, forward Viktor Lodin added three points in four games this week, bringing the 2019 fourth-rounder up to 26 points in 42 SHL games.
  • 2021 seventh-rounder Chandler Romeo had his first career two-point night, with a pair of assists against London on Wednesday. The left-handed defenseman now has 15 points in 50 games between the Sarnia Sting and the Hamilton Bulldogs.
  • A couple of 2018 draftees had good performances in their respective college teams — seventh-rounder Jakov Novak had a two-assist game for Northeastern University in a 3-2 victory against Boston College, while second-rounder Jonny Tychonick had a goal and assist in Omaha’s 5-4 loss to Western Michigan on Saturday. /

Stats

Pro (NHL, AHL)

----Sincethelastprospectupdate-|-TOTAL-
PLAYERPOSAGELEAGUEGPGAPPIMSOGSH%|GPGAPPIMSOGSH%
Jacob Bernard-DockerRD21AHL3000040%|3623518326%
Jacob Bernard-DockerRD21NHL0000000%|8011460%
Erik BrännströmLD22AHL0000000%|912310215%
Erik BrännströmLD22NHL4000630%|2605522360%
Philippe DaoustC20AHL0000000%|150554130%
Maxence GuénetteRD20AHL3011010%|36311144427%
Parker KellyC22NHL410119520%|26516372818%
Parker KellyC22AHL0000000%|24371026486%
Shane PintoC21NHL0000000%|5011250%
Jonathan AspirotLD22AHL0000000%|261111228393%
Angus CrookshankLW/C22AHL0000000%|0000000%
Roby JärventieC/LW19AHL310110520%|4891726341068%
Mark KastelicC/RW23NHL0000000%|9011210%
Mark KastelicC/RW23AHL32136450%|4511819638613%
Cole ReinhardtLW22AHL31126617%|49101222509011%
Egor SokolovRW/LW21AHL3033270%|421420341811213%
Egor SokolovRW/LW21NHL0000000%|8000480%
Lassi ThomsonRD21AHL21230617%|2971219485912%
Lassi ThomsonRD21NHL0000000%|160552180%

NCAA

-----Sincethelastprospectupdate-|-TOTAL-
PLAYERPOSAGETEAMGPGAPPIMSOGSH%|GPGAPPIMSOGSH%
Tyler BoucherRW19Boston University0000000%|17213342110%
Tyler KlevenLD20Univ. of North Dakota210117425%|37731093809%
Luke LoheitRW21Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth2000020%|3024634445%
Jakov NovakLW/C23Northeastern Univ.1022430%|378917286413%
Jake SandersonLD19Univ. of North Dakota21120520%|238182666612%
Jonny TychonickLD22Univ. of Omaha21122250%|2426819336%

CHL

------Sincethelastprospectupdate-|-TOTAL-
PLAYERPOSAGETEAMLEAGUEGPGAPPIMSOGSH%|GPGAPPIMSOGSH%
Tyler BoucherRW19OttawaOHL20000100%|123368329%
Ridly GreigC/LW19BrandonWHL21238813%|392637639218014%
Carson LatimerRW19Edmonton/Prince AlbertWHL3011280%|491320332011611%
Zach OstapchukC18VancouverWHL322421315%|481816344714912%
Ben RogerRD19London/KingstonOHL0000000%|4518937572%
Chandler RomeoLD18Hamilton/SarniaOHL3022620%|501141584671%
Philippe DaoustC20Saint JohnQMJHL31120520%|1711112223829%

Europe

------Sincethelastprospectupdate-|-TOTAL-
PLAYERPOSAGETEAMLEAGUEGPGAPPIMSOGSH%|GPGAPPIMSOGSH%
Vitaly AbramovLW/RW23Chelyabinsk/MoscowKHL0000000%|458917286612%
Vitaly AbramovLW/RW23MoscowKHL (playoffs)0000000%|41120250%
Olle AlsingLD25Nur-SultanKHL0000000%|43281014693%
Olle AlsingLD25Nur-SultanKHL (playoffs)1011020%|5011090%
Eric EngstrandLW21MalmöSHL2000020%|3763922821%
Eric EngstrandLW21Troja/Ljungby IFAllsvenskan0000000%|1413427264%
Oliver JohanssonC/LW18Timrå IKJ20 Nationell11012-33%|31162137127821%
Oliver JohanssonC/LW18Timrå IKSHL0000000%|140000160%
Viktor LodinC/LW22Timrå IKSHL41232166%|421115264510411%

Goalies

-----Sincethelastprospectupdate--|-TOTAL--
PLAYERAGETEAMLEAGUEGPWLOTLSOLSAGASV%|GPWLOTLSOLSAGASV%
Filip Gustavsson23BellevilleAHL00000000.0%|1043112412390.5%
Filip Gustavsson23OttawaNHL1010014471.4%|14310104464989.0%
Kevin Mandolese21BellevilleAHL1000020195.0%|1795004634690.1%
Kevin Mandolese21AtlantaECHL00000000.0%|614101911691.7%
Leevi Meriläinen19KingstonOHL2200066690.9%|44261420131414688.9%
Mads Søgaard21BellevilleAHL3210078889.7%|261312007027090.0%

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