Ottawa Senators Prospect Update - March 23rd

Goalies stole the show this week, along with a late-round gem from the most recent draft.

You’d think that with three goalies injured, things would keep getting worse for the Senators in the crease. Strangely, the opposite has happened. The team’s prospects have not only outplayed those on one-way deals, but one was even responsible for stealing a win for the Senators for the first time this season. Before we talk about him, however, let’s take a look at one of the fastest-improving prospects in the system.


Philippe Daoust

One of two sixth-round picks from the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, Daoust had a fantastic week with Moncton, tallying one goal and six assists. Now with 22 points in 18 games, the level of improvement he’s shown with his numbers is a sign that there may be NHL potential there.

Ridly Greig

After serving a three-game suspension, Greig returned to being a general nuisance everywhere on the ice, while racking up three assists in two games. Not just with skill, but with smarts, too, setting up a pick to help generate the odd-man rush leading to the overtime-winning goal in this clip:

Roby Järventie

His production has slowed since the World Juniors, but Järventie continues to impress in a limited role with Ilves, scoring in back-to-back games. GM Pierre Dorion has reportedly looked at bringing Järventie to Belleville next season; even though he could use another year in the Liiga, it may be beneficial to bring him to North America sooner rather than later.


Erik Brännström

With three assists in two games with Belleville, Brännström definitely seems to be in the right league for the time being. We’d like him to be playing well with the big club, but it’s not a bad thing for Brännström to be in the AHL right now. He’s currently playing his D+4 season, his fourth season since his draft year. If you recall, Drake Batherson, who’s sort of good, is currently in his D+5 year, as his draft year was 2016 (he went undrafted that year). Next season will be do-or-die for Brännström.

Jake Sanderson

The 2020 fifth-overall pick had one assist in the lone game against St. Cloud State this week, but he also threw seven pucks on net, while looking more confident with the puck than he’s ever been:

Offence has always been an underrated part of Sanderson’s game; he’s always been great at entering the offensive zone, and there’s enough creativity there for him to be a threat. Of course all that’s icing on the cake because his defensive game is what’ll make him a household name in the NHL. However, that will have to wait another year, as according to TSN’s Shawn Simpson, Sanderson will be heading back to UND for his sophomore year.


Filip Gustavsson

Not only did he stop all eight shots after being thrown into action against the Canucks, but Gustavsson also followed that up with a nearly flawless performance against the Flames, earning his first NHL win in his first start. He stopped 43 shots in the two games he played, only conceding a goal to Johnny Gaudreau on a breakaway. We’ve only seen 80 minutes of play, but the standard for goaltending in Ottawa is impossible not to clear, so Gustavsson is the number-one guy in Ottawa as far as I’m concerned.

Silver Linings:

  • Gus wasn’t the only goaltender to shine this week. Kevin Mandolese secured his first professional win with a 43-save performance against the Toronto Marlies on Friday, and Leevi Meriläinen came through with yet another shutout for Karpat’s U20 team. He’s clearly too good for that league.
  • Six Senators prospects have qualified for the NCAA regionals. Luke Loheit and Minnesota-Duluth take on Michigan, while the North Dakota quartet will face off against American International. Both of these games take place this Friday, at 4:00 pm and 9:30 pm EST, respectively. The following day at 4:00 pm EST, Todd Burgess and Minnesota State play against Quinnipiac.
  • 2019 6th-rounder Mark Kastelic had a nice week with Belleville, putting up a goal and an assist in two games. He’s now up to 4 points in 11 games./


Pro (NHL, AHL)

Drake BathersonRW22NHL2000020%|3411102167315%
Erik BrännströmLD21NHL-------%|1423510258%
Erik BrännströmLD21AHL2033210%|2033210%
Josh NorrisC21NHL21010714%|347101766111%
Tim StützleLW/C19NHL2011030%|316131910689%
Vitaly AbramovRW/LW22AHL2022230%|122354277%
Olle AlsingLD24AHL201102-%|5011020%
Jonathan AspirotLD21AHL-------%|9011670%
Jean-Christophe BeaudinC/RW23AHL2011010%|12033280%
Clark BishopC24AHL-------%|31014813%
Clark BishopC24NHL2011020%|5022270%
Logan BrownC23AHL0000000%|50112110%
Jonathan DavidssonRW24AHL2000010%|80002100%
Alex FormentonLW21AHL210110617%|12404222715%
Ridly GreigC/LW18AHL-------%|4022260%
Mark KastelicC/RW21AHL21122617%|1122481911%
Parker KellyC21AHL2000240%|121346215%
Jack KopackaLW22AHL-------%|50110110%
Zachary MagwoodC22AHL-------%|1000010%
Cole ReinhardtLW20AHL2000220%|111232166%
Egor SokolovRW/LW20AHL21010617%|1242642317%
Lassi ThomsonRD20AHL2011030%|120552160%


Jacob Bernard-DockerRD20Univ. of North Dakota-------%|253141718546%
Todd BurgessC/RW24Minnesota State Univ.-------%|22591464611%
Angus CrookshankLW21Univ. of New Hampshire-------%|20991848311%
Tyler KlevenLD19Univ. of North Dakota1000010%|20516332917%
Luke LoheitRW20Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth-------%|26325352015%
Jakov NovakLW/C22Bentley Univ.-------%|1571017364018%
Shane PintoC20Univ. of North Dakota1011050%|2615153028418%
Jake SandersonLD18Univ. of North Dakota1011070%|20212144474%
Jonny TychonickLD21Univ. of Omaha-------%|22358162114%


Philippe DaoustC19MonctonQMJHL31672617%|1851722164112%
Ridly GreigC/LW18BrandonWHL2033050%|3044560%
Maxence GuénetteRD19Val-d'OrQMJHL2011030%|325172210737%


Eric EngstrandLW/RW20MalmöSHL2000000%|391348283.6%
Roby JärventieLW18IlvesLiiga320221315%|421311241612610%
Viktor LodinC/LW21Timrå IKAllsvenskan11120250%|47142640208516%


Joey Daccord24BellevilleAHL-------%|20200751086.7%
Joey Daccord24OttawaNHL1000021290.5%|814102142289.7%
Filip Gustavsson22BellevilleAHL--------%|524001761690.9%
Filip GustavssonOttawaNHL2100144197.7%2100144197.7%
Kevin Mandolese20BellevilleAHL1100045295.6%|2110086791.9%
Leevi Meriläinen18Kärpät U20U20 SM-sarja1100---100.0%|22------93.4%
Mads Søgaard20EsbjergMetal Ligaen--------%|16------92.2%

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