The Ottawa Senators have reassigned D Erik Brannstrom, and G Marcus Hogberg to their AHL affiliate in Belleville.
Brannstrom, who was the principle piece in February’s Mark Stone trade, has played 25 games with the Sens this year, posting two assists. Despite the lack of offence, he’s had a solid start to the campaign, with a Corsi rating of 50.40%, which is comparable to Thomas Chabot. That said, the Senators need him contributing on the scoresheet, and playing big minutes coupled with first powerplay time in Belleville will likely help to get that part of his game going again.
The move will give Max Lajoie another extended look in Ottawa, with Christian Wolanin not due back for another 1-2 months at least.
Hogberg’s demotion is less noteworthy, as Craig Anderson is now healthy once again. Hogberg is on a one-way contract next year, though, so it will be interesting to see if he gets a real stint in Ottawa before the end of the season.
The Senators have a matinee contest in Philadelphia on Saturday, taking on the Flyers. Belleville, meanwhile, hosts the Cleveland Monsters tomorrow night at CAA Arena.