The good news? The Belleville Senators have started to win games again, and they’ve been scoring quite a bit as well. Of course the bad news is much more plentiful, but we don’t have to talk about that in this piece.
I originally thought that Roby Järventie would need an additional year of development in Finland before playing in North America, but the 33rd-overall pick of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft has adapted well enough to be one of Belleville’s top scorers this season, thanks to a three-game stretch in which he scored two goals and two assists.
🇫🇮Roby Järventie notched a goal and an assist on Saturday, giving him 5 points in his last 5 games— Sens Prospects (@SensProspects) November 9, 2021
Järventie's 6 points in 9 games has him tied for 2nd in team scoring, despite missing a few games with a wrist injury #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/Rszskdnd0i
Järventie was a unique selection for Ottawa, as he was considered a “good reach” by the public consensus — they made it clear that he could’ve been taken later, but with his raw offensive game highlighted by a powerful shot, he was seen as the kind of player the team could afford to gamble on. Considering he turned 19 in August, he’s off to an especially good start to his pro career.
Here’s another Sens pick, a fifth-rounder from 2019 who previously went undrafted two years in a row. Kastelic’s the kind of player you want in your bottom-six. The Senators see him as a penalty-killing two-way center who’ll make use of his 6’3 frame to frustrate his opponents and establish a strong presence in front of the net.
Mark Kastelic has five points in his last six games, redirecting a beautiful setup from Roby Jarventie, scoring his third of the season. pic.twitter.com/wzDedjowqR— Joel Vanderlaan (@Joelvanderlaan) November 7, 2021
Two goals and an assist in his last three games bring him up to 5 points in 10 games, and if he can keep this pace going, he’ll have a chance to carve out a spot on Ottawa’s fourth line as early as next season.
Considering his point totals from previous seasons, Novak, a seventh-round selection from 2018, hasn’t had an ideal season thus far if his goal is to earn an entry-level deal. His transfer from Bentley of the Atlantic Hockey Conference to Northeastern University of Hockey East has predictably been a tough one, however, his body of work this week — back-to-back two-goal nights — is certainly worth acknowledging, even if those four goals are the only points he’s had through 11 games this season.
🚨🚨Jakov Novak scored his first 2 goals as a member of the Northeastern Huskies on Friday night— Sens Prospects (@SensProspects) November 6, 2021
Novak has bounced around the lineup all season and has had plenty of chances — nice to see him finally break through #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/DZMGhwaS36
It took a while, but things are finally starting to go Brännström’s way this season. In his two games last week, he contributed one goal and one assist, along with seven shots on goal, and is now up to 3 points in 9 games, which is still rather underwhelming. That said, multiple players going into COVID-19 protocol over the last few days opened up a spot for Brännström on the team’s defense corps, on which he skated alongside Artem Zub against the Boston Bruins yesterday.
Kleven made tons of noise over the last week with the University of North Dakota. He scored his second goal of the season while catching multiple opposing players trying to cross the tracks of the “K-Train”.
Tyler Kleven will make you pay if you have your head down. pic.twitter.com/EChTUrgCTQ— Vacation Martian 🌴 (@LalimesMartian) November 7, 2021
One of Ottawa’s three second-round picks from 2020, Kleven’s 3 points in 9 games are an indicator that he won’t be a threat on the scoresheet if he makes the NHL, but there’s plenty of time to work on his two-way game in college and become a solid defender with a heavy shot.
Mandolese was the organization’s strongest performer in goal this week, stopping 27 of 29 in a 3-2 shootout win against Cleveland on Saturday. His record stands at 2-3-0 with a .892 save percentage, so here’s hoping that he can build on his win and continue to improve his numbers.
- Viktor Lodin currently has 2 goals and 6 assists in 12 games with Timrå IK, who are playing in the SHL this season as opposed to the second-tier Allsvenskan. He’s on loan while on the first year of his entry-level deal with Ottawa, so we could see him in Belleville next season.
- The 2021 draft class hasn’t had the early success on the scoresheet they’ve been looking for, but 39th-overall pick Zach Ostapchuk has 26 shots on goal in 8 games, while 49th-overall pick Ben Roger has 17 in 10.
- Jake Sanderson kept his point-per-game pace going this past week, with an assist against Denver on Saturday. /
Pro (NHL, AHL)
|Tyler Boucher||RW||18||Boston University||2||0||0||0||16||2||0%|||||10||1||1||2||28||13||8%|
|Tyler Kleven||LD||19||Univ. of North Dakota||2||1||0||1||17||4||25%|||||9||2||1||3||29||20||10%|
|Luke Loheit||RW||21||Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|||||5||1||0||1||6||10||10%|
|Jakov Novak||LW/C||23||Northeastern Univ.||3||4||0||4||6||5||80%|||||11||4||0||4||6||22||18%|
|Jake Sanderson||LD||19||Univ. of North Dakota||2||0||1||1||2||4||0%|||||9||3||6||9||4||28||11%|
|Jonny Tychonick||LD||21||Univ. of Omaha||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|||||2||0||0||0||2||5||0%|
|Eric Engstrand||LW||21||Troja/Ljungby IF||Allsvenskan||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|||||8||0||1||1||27||12||0%|
|Oliver Johansson||C/LW||18||Timrå IK||J20 Nationell||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|||||13||5||9||14||4||28||18%|
|Oliver Johansson||C/LW||18||Timrå IK||SHL||3||0||0||0||0||3||0%|||||6||0||0||0||0||8||0%|
|Viktor Lodin||C/LW||22||Timrå IK||SHL||3||0||2||2||2||9||0%|||||12||2||6||8||27||30||7%|