Welcome back to my top ten prospect series.
Last time, we took a look at the New York Rangers farm system (something we aren’t used to seeing in Manhattan), highlighted by Lias Andersson, Vitali Kravtsov, and K’Andre Miller. After a small Christmas hiatus, we’re back and we’re going to be having a look at the Ottawa Senators prospect pipelines. Without further ado, let’s dive right in and see who they have in Canada’s capital.
1. Logan Brown (C, 1st Round, 11th Overall in 2016)
Regardless of how many points he put up in his draft year, Brown already had two aspects that made him attractive to teams’ brass. Position value and size. Centres are always given a second look and Brown had hulking size at 6’6 and 220 lbs. The North Carolina native has only four games of NHL action under his belt, but he’s having a good AHL season so far, putting up 12 points in 20 games.
2. Drake Batherson (C, 4th Round, 121st Overall in 2017)
After a solid final QMJHL season split between Cape Breton and Blainville-Boisbriand, Batherson took a massive step forward in his first pro season and has emerged as a top prospect for the Senators. After putting up 25 points in his first 19 AHL games, he was given a call up to the NHL and now has 18 games under his belt with a total of seven points.
3. Filip Chlapik (C, 2nd Round, 48th Overall in 2015)
In the widely-known deep draft in 2015, the Senators picked up Filip Chlapik with their second round pick (their first round pick was some guy named Thomas Chabot. Anyone know who he is?). The Czech centre is currently in his second full pro season, and while he got into 20 NHL games last year, he’s spent all of this season in the AHL, putting up 15 points in 21 games.
4. Jacob Bernard-Docker (D, 1st Round, 26th Overall in 2018)
After using their fourth overall pick to select winger Brady Tkachuk (which is looking like a very good pick, by the way) the Senators used their second one to draft defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker. JBD spent his draft year with the Okotoks Oilers of the AJHL, which is typically uncommon for high draft picks. The 6’0 Canmore native is currently playing for the University of North Dakota where he has 10 points in his first 17 games.
5. Filip Gustavsson (G, 2nd Round, 55th Overall in 2016)
Gustavsson has had the unfortunate setback of playing for bad teams ever since his draft year. If you look at his stats in Sweden, he always has a losing record yet has a high goals against average and save percentage. He’s currently off to a slow start with the Belleville Senators, with a record of 8-10-0 as well as a save percentage of .888 and a GAA of 3.55. However, he still earns a spot on this list because he’s young and just getting used to North American hockey.
6. Alex Formenton (LW, 2nd Round, 47th Overall in 2017)
Formenton should have been representing Canada at the ongoing World Juniors, but suffered an injury and was forced to sit out the tournament. The 6’2 King City native was in what would more than likely be his final OHL season with the London Knights, and had totaled 16 points in 13 games thus far. He also appeared in a nine game stint with the Senators to start the season, where he notched his first NHL goal.
7. Rudolfs Balcers (LW, 5th Round, 142nd Overall in 2015 to San Jose)
Props go out to whichever scout discovered Balcers. The Latvian forward spent his draft year playing in Norway, a country that typically doesn’t produce a lot of NHL talent. Balcers was actually part of the trade that sent Erik Karlsson to San Jose, and regardless of who wins that trade, the Sens look like they have a good one in Balcers. The quick winger currently has 25 points in 34 games playing for the Belleville Senators of the AHL.
8. Jonny Tychonick (D, 2nd Round, 48th Overall in 2018)
Tychonick played his draft year with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL, a team that’s produced prospects such as Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro over the past little bit. After putting up points at a PPG rate last year, he’s playing for the University of North Dakota where he’s slowed down a little bit, having only put up four assists in 14 games.
9. Nick Paul (4th Round, 101st Overall in 2013)
While Paul has gotten into a handful of NHL games over the past three seasons, he hasn’t nailed down a consistent NHL job which is why I still consider him a prospect. The 6’4, 229 lb power forward has been in the AHL all season this year and has 11 points in his first 15 AHL games.
10. Christian Wolanin (D, 4th Round, 107th Overall in 2015)
Despite being a little bit older than the other prospects in the system at 23, Wolanin is doing great things at the AHL level. After a very successful senior NCAA season, he currently has 18 points in 26 games for the Belleville Senators. He has 11 games of NHL action under his belt with three points to go along with it.
stats from eliteprospects.com and hockey-reference.com
featured image photo credit – Nikos Michals