Ottawa Senators Prospect Update - March 29th

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It was a fairly quiet week for the Ottawa Senators prospect pool this week, especially with Belleville scoring just four goals across three games. Nevertheless, they won two of those games, which at least means the goaltending was fantastic.


Tyler Boucher

The controversial 10th overall pick of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft had the best game of his OHL career on Friday — two goals and an assist in a 9-4 win over the Peterborough Petes. Despite having just 10 points in 17 games with the Ottawa 67s, Boucher has been able to generate over three shots per game while delivering the occasional crushing body check. With the season he’s had, it’s vital that he uses all of these small positives to keep moving forward, as he’s probably not a player who’s going to live up to a 10th-overall selection, though he can still become a useful NHL player if things go well.

Philippe Daoust

After scoring 6 goals in 21 games with the Moncton Wildcats last season, Daoust has more-than-doubled that pace with 17 in 23 with the Saint John’s Sea Dogs, including three in his last four games. One of two sixth-round picks from Ottawa’s 2020 draft class, he’ll be taking part in this year’s Memorial Cup tournament playing for the host team, but they’re nonetheless a major threat to dominate the QMJHL playoffs, with a 17-6 record since Daoust joined the team. Expect him to return to Belleville next season, on which he’ll hopefully be able to contribute in a top-six role.

Parker Kelly

Hopefully a future staple on Ottawa’s fourth line for years to come, Kelly was one of the more productive forwards down in Belleville, with a goal and an assist this week, bringing his total up to 13 points in 30 games. Interestingly enough, he has the same number of goals (five) in the AHL as he does in four fewer games in the NHL this season. I’d expect him to be back up with the big club next season, as he’ll need to clear waivers to be assigned to the AHL at that point.


Chandler Romeo

Of the two defensemen taken by the Sens in the 2021 draft, the 6’5 LHD has been the better of the two, despite being selected five rounds later. A goal and assist in three games this week brings Romeo up to 18 points in 57 games, with the Hamilton Bulldogs and Sarnia Sting.

Ben Roger

A right-shot defenseman taken in the second round this past year, Roger’s a lot like Tyler Kleven, except with fewer highlights. Even for a more defensive-minded player, he’s playing for a really talented Kingston Frontenacs squad, and his 7 points in 28 games indicate he’s not playing very high up the lineup. Perhaps next season will give him an opportunity on the team’s top defense pair, and allow him to earn an entry-level deal from the Senators.


Mads Søgaard

In what was a low-scoring week for Belleville, you just know Søgaard had to have stood tall to win two of three, and help his squad keep pace in the AHL playoff race. Allowing just 5 goals on 92 shots has improved his save percentage to .906 — which may not seem too impressive, but keep in mind, this is a 21-year-old goalie playing in his first professional season in North America. The Senators clearly saw him as a legitimate goalie prospect when they selected him in the second round of the 2019 NHL draft, and they’ve given him another vote of confidence by calling him up to Ottawa for the first time. Head coach D.J. Smith has indicated that he’ll get at least one start, presumably before returning to Belleville.

Silver Linings

  • In the one game he played with Kingston this week, Leevi Meriläinen stopped 32 of 33 in an 8-1 win over Peterborough Petes (damn, those guys are down bad) on Sunday, bringing his save percentage up to .891. It’s been an up-and-down year, to say the least, but he’s thankfully had a lot of support from his team throughout, helping him to a 28-15-3 record.
  • Lastly, the most exciting prospect in the Sens system has signed his entry-level deal with the Senators. Defensemen Jake Sanderson, the fifth-overall pick of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, has been biding his time in the NCAA for two years, which is a relatively high amount of seasoning for a player drafted so high. His sophomore season was cut short by injury, and there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready to play a game this season, but it’s still incredibly exciting to know he’ll be a massive addition to the blueline next season./


Pro (NHL, AHL)

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Erik BrännströmLD22AHL0000000%|912310215%
Erik BrännströmLD22NHL3011060%|3607724550%
Philippe DaoustC20AHL0000000%|150554130%
Maxence GuénetteRD20AHL2000030%|425121744910%
Parker KellyC22NHL0000000%|27516373017%
Parker KellyC22AHL3112680%|30581332608%
Shane PintoC21NHL0000000%|5011250%
Jonathan AspirotLD22AHL3000260%|323111432526%
Angus CrookshankLW/C22AHL0000000%|0000000%
Roby JärventieC/LW19AHL3000260%|55101828361169%
Mark KastelicC/RW23NHL0000000%|9011210%
Mark KastelicC/RW23AHL3011420%|52111021679512%
Cole ReinhardtLW22AHL3011030%|56111425509711%
Zach SenyshynRW/LW24AHL3011040%|3011040%
Egor SokolovRW/LW21AHL30110100%|491522371812912%
Egor SokolovRW/LW21NHL0000000%|8000480%
Lassi ThomsonRD21AHL0000000%|2971219485912%
Lassi ThomsonRD21NHL0000000%|160552180%


Tyler BoucherRW19Boston University0000000%|17213342110%
Tyler KlevenLD20Univ. of North Dakota1000000%|38731093809%
Luke LoheitRW21Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth2000020%|3424634484%
Jakov NovakLW/C23Northeastern Univ.1000000%|388917286413%
Jake SandersonLD19Univ. of North Dakota0000000%|238182666612%
Jonny TychonickLD22Univ. of Omaha0000000%|2426819336%


Tyler BoucherRW19OttawaOHL221321118%|176410105511%
Ridly GreigC/LW19BrandonWHL0000000%|392637639218014%
Carson LatimerRW19Edmonton/Prince AlbertWHL410141010%|551420342412711%
Zach OstapchukC18VancouverWHL1000220%|521916354915612%
Ben RogerRD19London/KingstonOHL1011020%|47191037592%
Chandler RomeoLD18Hamilton/SarniaOHL31120520%|572161894763%
Philippe DaoustC20Saint JohnQMJHL43032933%|2317122945431%


Vitaly AbramovLW/RW23Chelyabinsk/MoscowKHL0000000%|458917286612%
Vitaly AbramovLW/RW23MoscowKHL (playoffs)1000000%|82352922%
Olle AlsingLD25Nur-SultanKHL0000000%|43281014693%
Olle AlsingLD25Nur-SultanKHL (playoffs)0000000%|5011090%
Eric EngstrandLW21MalmöSHL1000010%|41731023023%
Eric EngstrandLW21Troja/Ljungby IFAllsvenskan0000000%|1413427264%
Oliver JohanssonC/LW18Timrå IKJ20 Nationell0000000%|33192241128822%
Oliver JohanssonC/LW18Timrå IKSHL0000000%|140000160%
Viktor LodinC/LW22Timrå IKSHL1000060%|441215274511510%


Filip Gustavsson23BellevilleAHL00000000.0%|1043112412390.5%
Filip Gustavsson23OttawaNHL1010027581.5%|15311104735488.6%
Kevin Mandolese21BellevilleAHL00000000.0%|1795004634690.1%
Kevin Mandolese21AtlantaECHL00000000.0%|614101911691.7%
Leevi Meriläinen19KingstonOHL1100033197.0%|47281520140115389.1%
Mads Søgaard21BellevilleAHL3210092594.6%|311613108748290.6%

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