It’s been another week of action for Ottawa Senators prospects, with the past seven days featuring big performances from players in the NCAA. The Belleville Senators went 1-2, picking up a win in their first home game in franchise history.
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Playing his final year in the NCAA for Clarkson University, Kelly Summers is doing his best to earn an entry-level contract at season’s end. The 21-year-old defenceman is making a case thus far, with his seven points in 10 games on pace to break his previous record of 17 in 39.
Summers scored his second goal of the season this weekend and added two more assists, all of which came on the power play. His 15 shots on goal leads all defencemen on his team, while also blocking 12 at the other end of the ice. Known primarily as a transition defender, it’s nice to see him picking up some offence.
The Sens’ 3rd round pick in 2014, Gendron is known more as a defensive defenceman with good skating ability. With five points in his first nine games, however, he’s looking to top his previous high of 11 in 35. His point-per-game weekend is not generally what you’d expect from a player of his type, although his coach made the interesting move to play him as a 4th line winger. The decision appears to be paying off early, scoring a goal and an assist in UConn’s 1-1 weekend split.
Rounding out the trio of NCAA standouts is Joel Daccord, who’s been having an up and down year with Arizona State University. The beginning was very rough, dropping 4+ goals on a regular basis. He’s starting to pick it back up, however, stopping 46 of 50 shots playing games on back-to-back nights. He also stopped 46 of 47 shots in a game against Colgate last week, so things are looking up for the young netminder.
After appearing in only 15 games last season splitting the starts with two other goalies, Daccord has taken the full reigns. In Arizona’s 10 games, Daccord has started nine of them.
- The Matt Duchene trade saw the Sens lose one of their bigger prospects in Shane Bowers. The 28th pick in 2017 ranks fifth on Boston University in points (six) and sixth in shots (24) in his first ten games.
- Alex Formenton and Logan Brown have continued their dominance since their returns to the OHL. Brown’s 11 points in six games already has him third in the league for points per game.
- Belleville’s first game of the week saw Andreas Englund and Ben Harpur pick up a combined 28 penalty minutes. Englund received 17 for fighting, instigating, and a misconduct for instigating, whereas Harpur picked up three minor penalties in addition to a fighting major.
- Colin White is back in action for Belleville after recovering from a hand injury. He has one assist in his first three games with seven shots on goal.
- A couple defencemen have been injured for Belleville, with Max Lajoie and Christian Jaros both missing Belleville’s most recent game. One other has returned from injury, however, in Thomas Chabot.
- One last note on injuries: NCAA forward prospect Shane Eiserman has missed his last few games with what’s presumably an injury. No details have been revealed as to how major or minor it might be, although his last game was on October 20th.
- Drake Batherson, who’s been playing out of his mind to start the QMJHL season, cooled off a bit in the past week with one assist in two games. His point streak ended at an astounding 15 games.
- Nick Paul (callup) and Marcus Hogberg (emergency backup) are currently in Sweden with Ottawa Senators for the NHL Global Series against Colorado./