Yesterday, the Ottawa Senators made a splash in NCAA free agency as they inked Princeton forward Max Veronneau to a two year entry level contract.
Per CapFriendly.com, The deal is worth an estimated $925,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 down in the AHL.
Veronneau just wrapped up his senior season for Princeton at 23 years old and will be given an opportunity in the NHL, as Senators general manager Pierre Dorion indicated in his press conference that he will spend the rest of the season with the big club. Veronneau is an Ottawa native who played his junior hockey for the Gloucester Rangers before joining Princeton in the NCAA.
Who Is Veronneau?
Veronneau has registered 144 points across 130 games for Princeton University including a 37 point campaign this season.
Standing at 6’0 and 180 lbs, Veronneau is an all around offensive talent that can find the back of the net with his shot as well as make plays at high speed.
In the below video, Sens Prospects compiled footage from Veronneau’s 2018-2019 season. Take a look at these highlights. You’ll see that the Ottawa native is ready for the NHL.
Playing With Ryan Kuffner
He is a terrific skater and an even better playmaker as he has been able to find teammate Ryan Kuffner countless time over the past couple of seasons. The two have been a dynamic duo for Princeton the past four seasons and both have signed entry level deals with different NHL clubs yesterday. Kuffner was seen at the Senators training camp this past September but failed to receive an entry level contract. Instead, Kuffner packed his bags and is heading to Detroit, Michigan to join the Detroit Red Wings organization.
Where Is He On The Depth Chart?
Veronneau adds a little depth to the Senators RW cupboard that includes the likes of Drake Batherson, Jonathan Davidsson, Vitaly Abramov and Markus Nurmi among others.
Nothing is imminent as far as Max Veronneau’s NHL future past this season, but he seems to have a bottom 6 forward ceiling as far as I can tell. Sens fans have been down the NCAA free agent road before with “promising” prospects such as Matt O’Connor, Stéphane Da Costa, Bobby Butler and more who were all projected to be NHL regulars. I think it’s fair to assume that all Sens fans should temper their expectations for Veronneau, but I hope I’m wrong.
It’s time to see what Max Veronneau can bring to this rebuild as he should play in Ottawa for the remainder of the season. This is his chance to prove to management that he belongs at the NHL level.
What’s Next For The Sens?
Even though the Sens have added some offensive depth, the rebuild is still far from over. The next step in the Senators rebuild will be addressing the RHD situation since the only player in that position that has been reliable for the Senators is Dylan DeMelo.
Keep your eyes glued to Puck77 and other media outlets this summer as the Sens will likely be very active.
stats from eliteprospects.com
featured image photo credit – Nikos Michals