Sunday Hits -07.03.16

A collection of headlines from the past 24 hours.

Thunder brewing

According to KSN TV  Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee said the Senators East Coast Hockey League affiliate would be the Wichita Thunder.

The Senators had used the Evansville IceMen last season as their ECHL Affiliate, but the team has ECHL approval to relocate to Owensboro, Kentucky, pending a complete renovation of the Owensboro Sports Center.

First Scrimmage in the books

Ken Warren at the Ottawa Citizen has some quotes from a few Senators prospects after  Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at the clubs development camp at the Kanata Recreation Complex.

Forward Gabriel Gagne:

“I have to, with my size, be a power forward, I have to be hard. I have to shoot, move my feet, finish my hits. I have to show everybody I can finish my hits, win my one-on-one battles.”

Forward Markus Nurmi:

“This year, I have to get some muscles and more weight, that’s the thing.”

Forward Logan Brown:

This summer, I’m really working on my explosiveness, and that’s what is missing in my game. The big goal for everyone is to make the big step (to the NHL) at 18, but I’m definitely going to try and do that, and make it hard for the Senators to send me back to Windsor.”

White and Chabot

More from the Ottawa Citizen, forward Colin White will in fact return to Boston College for another season (Darren Dreger tweeted this would probably happen back in May.)

“I’m going back to school. We’ll see what happens and go from there. Development wise, it will be good for me to get bigger and stronger. We all decided that it would be best for me.” – Colin White

As for defenseman Thomas Chabot, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion believes that he will be able to push for a spot this season on the clubs roster.

“It’s nice to hear that. Since I’ve been two years old, I have been thinking about playing in the NHL one day.” – Thomas Chabot

Waiting on White

Yesterday afternoon TSN’s Darren Dreger tweeted that 2015 1st round draft pick (21st overall) Colin White was probably going to choose to stay in the NCAA with Boston College for the 2016 – 2017 season, rather than turn pro and probably play with the Senators.

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Before being drafted by the Senators with their second first round draft pick last June, Colin White picked up 17 points in 20 games (4-13) with the U.S National Development Team in the USHL.

While playing for Boston College, White scored 19 goals and 24 helpers for 43 points in 37 games. He was tied 5th overall in points, 5th in goals scored, he had the most short handed points, 5th best plus – minus (+24), and led all Hockey East Freshmen in scoring. White walked away from his first season with the Bernie Burke Award for the most Outstanding Freshman.

White also played for the USA in the IIHF World U20 Championships in Helsinki picking up 7 points (3-4) in 7 games.

Hockeys Future had this to say about White:

White is a dominating two-way center with elite hockey IQ. He has incredible anticipation and awareness, and his offensive skill-set gives him plenty of upside.White could become the team’s top-line center in the future.

While Future Consideration’s said:

Strong, well-rounded, two-way center…one of the best skaters for this draft…great speed with an excellent stride and tremendous acceleration…moves quickly and is tough to handle when he hits top speed…has great strength on his skates and is tough to separate from the puck…battles hard for possession…drives the net and is strong in close…can beat a goalie in many ways…has a great shot and also distributes the puck well…a very hard worker with an edge to his game…great on defense with a great defensive stick and strong defensive-zone awareness…always in the right spots on the ice and he is a tremendous worker. (August 2014)

And finally from Elite Prospects:

A prolific scoring threat, White is a strong 3-zone player with an eye for scoring chances. Thinks the game at a high level and always seeks to make an impact on the ice, with or without the puck. Never seems to be outbodied and is an exceptional skater. Puck-possession is definitely a strength. All-in-all, a skilled, 200-foot player who does all of the little things right and is able to make a large impact on the game and its outcome. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)

Sens fans might have to wait another season or two before they get to see White, but all indications are that when he does arrive they’ll be getting on hell of a center, too soon to say the next Patrice Bergeron?

Sunday Hits: Jr. Sens Update

Thomas Chabot at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Thomas Chabot at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Thomas Chabot (Drafted 2015, Round 1, Pick 18) QMJHL

Thomas Chabot and the Saint John Sea Dogs fell 7 – 1 to the Shawinigan Cataractes.

Chabot picked up an assist on the only Sea Dogs goal scored by Matthew Highmore, his playoff leading 16th assist (18 points in 14 games.)

 

Gabriel Gagne at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Gabriel Gagne at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Gabriel Gagne (Drafted 2015, Round 2, Pick 36) QMJHL

Gabriel Gagne and the Shawinigan Cataractes defeated the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-1 to tie the series 1-1.

Gagne was held pointless for just third game thus far in the QMJHL playoffs. Gagne has 6 goals and 4 assists in 9 playoff games so far.

 

Colin White at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Colin White at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Colin White (Drafted 2015, Round 1, Pick 21) H-East

Colin White and Boston College Hockey team wrapped up their season last week by handing out their end of year awards. In his first season, White scored 19 goals and picked up 24 assists in 37 games.

White won the Bernie Burke Award for the most Outstanding Freshman.