Ottawa Senators Prospect Update: The Kids Are All In Belleville

Shane Pinto, Kevin Mandolese and Mark Kastelic are this week’s biggest standouts.

Welcome to your weekly Ottawa Senators prospect update! It was a mixed week for the team’s prospects pool, with the Belleville Senators failing to pick up any points this week. A couple other prospects have already started to cool off after a hot start, but every week there’s a few players with standout performances.


Alex FormentonLW20AHL2011030%|51126813%
Drake BathersonRW21AHL21120714%|425701613%
Filip ChlapikC22AHL2000050%|4000480%
Jean-Christophe BeaudinC/RW22AHL1000010%|2000040%
Jonathan DavidssonRW22AHL1000000%|3000220%
Josh NorrisC20AHL21230617%|51230147%
Logan BrownC21AHL21234250%|53476933%
Max VeronneauRW23AHL2011040%|3011070%
Michael CarconeLW23AHL21010617%|51122128%
Morgan KlimchukLW24AHL2000050%|41010617%
Parker KellyC/RW20AHL1000200%|3000220%
Vitaly AbramovRW/LW21AHL1000220%|2000250%
Andreas EnglundLD23AHL2000240%|5000480%
Christian JarosRD23AHL2000010%|5011090%
Maxime LajoieLD21AHL2022030%|5022470%
Rudolfs BalcersLW22NHL-------|-------
Erik BrännströmLD20NHL3000040%|80116120%
  • The trio of Drake Batherson, Josh Norris and Logan Brown were the B-Sens’ biggest offensive forces, despite the losses.
  • Filip Chlapik, Jonathan Davidsson, Parker Kelly and Vitaly Abramov are all still looking for their first point of the season./

Canadian Hockey League

Johnny GrudenLW19London KnightsOHL21120333%|9461052814%
Maxence GuénetteRD18Val-d'Or ForeursQMJHL21010119%|122466395%
Mark KastelicC20Calgary HitmenWHL231421030%|5628122425%
  • Johnny Gruden maintains his point-per-game pace on London.
  • Maxence Guénette had an impressive eleven shots in two games this week./


Angus CrookshankLW20Univ. of New Hampshire1000030%|31012128%
Jakob NovakLW/C20Bentley Univ.11010250%|320221118%
Luke LoheitRW19Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth2000220%|4000220%
Shane PintoC18Univ. of North Dakota21122911%|422441712%
Todd BurgessC/RW23RPI22022540%|42022729%
Jacob Bernard-DockerRD19Univ. of North Dakota2011010%|40550100%
Jonny TychonickLD19Univ. of North Dakota1000010%|2011020%
  • Todd Burgess scored his first two goals of the season in the same game.
  • Jacob Bernard-Docker cooled off after a quick start, with only a single shot on goal in two games. Jonny Tychonick didn’t fare much better./

European Leagues

Markus NurmiRW/LW21TPSLiiga31122425%|193478378%
Lassi ThomsonRD19IlvesLiiga-------|143364546%
Viktor LodinC/LW20Örebro HKSHL-------|12022090%
Olle AlsingLD23Djurgårdens IFSHL3011030%|1731013103110%
  • Everyone in Europe seemed to have a slow week, with both Markus Nurmi and Lassi Thomson held off the scoreboard.
  • Viktor Lodin is doing absolutely nothing on Örebro, playing an average of 6:50 per game./


Filip Gustavsson21Belleville SenatorsAHL1128292.9%|18115205195589.4%
Joey Daccord23Belleville SenatorsAHL21161493.4%|1393214343691.7%
Brampton BeastECHL--------|1275003423490.1%
Marcus Högberg25Belleville SenatorsAHL--------|1576004084289.7%
Ottawa SenatorsNHL1153394.3%|1222523773391.2%
Kevin Mandolese19Cape Breton EaglesQMJHL-------#VALUE!|26176107265792.1%
Mads Søgaard19Medicine Hat TigersWHL21127485.2%|281510117447589.9%
  • Neither goalie in Belleville could get anything going, with Gustavsson being pulled in his second start of the season.
  • Mads Søgaard had a down week compared to how well he was stopping pucks earlier in the season. His overall save percentage is still at 91.7%./

Biggest Standouts

Shane Pinto

Chosen with the 32nd pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, Shane Pinto may be one of the most controversial picks the Sens have made this decade. Considering who was left on the board, it was an unexpected move. But for what Pinto has been doing early this season, there’s a bit more room for optimism.

With a goal, assist, and nine shots on goal this week, Pinto was named the rookie of the week in the NCHC. He’s up to four points in four games, scoring one in each.

Here’s his goal, a rebound off a point shot by none other than Jacob Bernard-Docker.

Kevin Mandolese

The Cape Breton Eagles are currently 4th in the QMJHL, and a big part of that has been the play of Kevin Mandolese, who hasn’t cooled off after his stellar playoff performance last season. The Eagles are 6-1-0 in games he’s started, with him stopping 90.9% of shots faced. He was a perfect 2-0-0 this week, allowing four goals on 62 shots.

If there’s any season where Mandolese needs to come up big, it’s this one. The Sens will have to decide afterwards whether they’ll sign him to an entry-level contract, or lose his rights as a prospect. With Högberg, Gustavsson and Daccord already battling for playing time, and Søgaard performing well in the WHL, it will take a lot for Mandolese to work himself into that group. At 19 years old and 6’4”, it’s definitely possible if he can continue having weeks like this.

Mark Kastelic

Since joining the Calgary Hitmen after being cut from the Sens’ training camp, Mark Kastelic has made the Biggest Standouts section for his second week in a row. This comes off another high-scoring week for the centre, scoring three goals and adding an assist in two games. He has at least a point in every game he’s played so far.

It’s been a fantastic start for the Sens’ 2019 draft pick, although there’s a couple things to keep in mind. Having turned 20 in March, Kastelic is one of the oldest players in the WHL, so he’s expected to dominate when playing against a bunch of 16/17/18-year-olds. His shooting percentage has also spiked early, currently sitting at 25%.

But what we’re seeing from Kastelic early on is his versatility — he’s a high energy player who can play a skilled game, but also plays very physical. It’s the type of skillset that could fit into the Sens’ bottom six in a few years. For now, he’s continuing to pummel the WHL.

Silver Linings

  • Drake Batherson seems to be enjoying himself in Belleville after being sent down early in the season. The following quote was part of his recent interview./

“Down here I’ve found my game in the first couple of games and I think if I can play that way that’s what’s going to get me to the next level. I was maybe a little hesitant on plays (in Ottawa) where I would just naturally make plays going by my instinct. Down here is going to help with my game and (coach Troy Mann) is giving me every opportunity to play. It’s fun.”

  • Of all the questionable roster moves the Sens have made so far this season, the most out-of-the-blue might be their recall of Jean-Christophe Beaudin. He’s been Belleville’s fourth line grinder and a frequent healthy scratch, and now there’s a chance he’ll see NHL action. This is a tanking move if I’ve ever seen one.
  • A positive side-effect of Beaudin being called up is that another roster spot is open on the B-Sens forward lineup. Jonathan Davidsson was once again a healthy scratch this week, as was Vitaly Abramov, who scored a goal in the NHL a week ago.
  • On defence, the B-Sens’ blue line is even thinner than before, with both Christian Jaros and Andreas Englund getting injured last game. There’s no timeline for either’s return, although they’ve already signed Stuart Percy to a PTO.
  • In a recent interview, Max Lajoie admitted that he wasn’t in the best shape coming to training camp this year. It doesn’t help that he spent a chunk of the summer recovering from injury, although he’s apparently fully back on track now fitness-wise.
  • The Canada-Russia Series rosters were announced this week, and Maxence Guénette made the QMJHL roster as an extra defenceman.
  • Jonny Tychonick was healthy scratched for the second time this season./

Stats are from AHL, CollegeHockeyInc, ECHL, EliteProspects, Liiga, OHL, QMJHL, SHL, and WHL.

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