Thursday Hits – Perron and Hudler


Senators prospect Francis Perron recently spoke about his goals this offseason:

“I want to be 175 pounds for main training camp. Right now, I’m at 163 or 162. For sure, I lost five or six pounds in the last two months of the season. It was a lot of hockey, but it’s part of it. You have to pay a price when you go that far.”

“It’s a big summer of training for me, to put on some weight,”


In my opinion this could be a guy that surprises a lot of people. He isn’t the biggest guy, but he’s got a good amount of speed and skill. Perron  put up 108 points in 62 games with the Rouyn-Noranda, Huskies (good enough for second best in the QMJHL) and he led all QMJHL players in postseason assists and points. He’s certainly a guy I’ve got my eye on.


Mike Traikos over at the National Post did a piece looking at all of the  Canadian teams, here’s a bit of what he had to say about the Ottawa Senators:

Best-Case Scenario: Though he had a down year in Calgary, Jiri Hudler scored six goals and 11 points in 19 games after getting traded to Florida. He might not be the 31-goal scorer he was in 2014-15, but he could reach the 20-goal mark.

Hudler is a skilled player who can still collect points and on paper it would look nice to see him alongside a guy like Pageau. While I don’t think we’ll see him make $4 million a season, I also don’t think he’d be willing to take a $2 Million dollar a season contract (which is what I’d assume the Senators would be willing to offer for a 3rd line player.) My guess is Hudler goes for 2 – 3 years at 3 – 3.5 a season.

Watch and Listen


Weekly Updates: at the Juniors and Worlds

IIHF Update

  • ceciCody Ceci has one goal and four assists in five games played for team Canada. He leads all Canadian Defensemen in assists and is tied for most points among Dmen.


  • Mark Stone has two goals and one assist and is a +4 in four games played for team Canada.


  • Chris Wideman has two goals and two assist in five games played for team USA, he’s tied for most points among US Defensemen.



President Cup Champions!


Senator prospect Francis Perron collected three assists, and led all QMJHL players in postseason assists and points, as the Rouyn – Noranda Huskies defeated the Shawinigan Cataractes to capture their first President Cup Trophy.


Sunday Hits: Jr. Sens and no Boudreau


We are now two games into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League finals, with a couple of Senator prospects battling for the President’s Cup.

Game 1

2014 seventh round draft pick Francis Perron picked up an assist as his Rouyn – Noranda Huskies doubled up Shawinigan Cataractes. 2015 second round draft pick Gabriel Gagne scored his 10th goal of the playoffs to give the Cataractes the lead in the third period but the Huskies scored three unanswered goals to win the game 4 – 2.

Game 2

Francis Perron picked up the only assist on the first goal of the night and scored the last goal as the Huskies downed the Cataractes 4 – 1 in game #2. Gabriel Gagne was held pointless snapping his 4 game point streak.

Perron is currently tied for the most points in the QMJHL playoffs with 27  points (11-16) in 15 games played. Gagne is tied for 7th with 20 points (10-10) in 18 games played.

Bruce Boudreau off the list

Cross a name off the list for possible Ottawa Senator coaching candidates, because former Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has come to terms with the Minnesota Wild.

For a brief period it seemed like Boudreau and the Senators were a perfect fit as he had the experience the team was looking for and they were close to home for him. But as these things go, the Wild made Boudreau an offer that he couldn’t refuse, plus they’re built to win (and go deep) now while the Senators could be a playoff team nobody expects them to be more then a first round team they are still a bit away from being a contender.

In my opinion the door is now wide open for Bob Hartley, who I believe is the best choice, should GM Pierre Doirion offer the job to him.

2016 IIHF World Championship

  • Defenseman Chris Wideman picked up a power play goal as Team USA beat Team Belarus 6 – 3
  • Defenseman Codi Ceci picked up an assist and Forward Mark Stone had a goal and assist as Team Canada beat Team Hungary 7 – 1


Sunday Hits: Weekend roundup

Tourigny back behind the bench.

Former Assistant Coach of the Ottawa Senators, Andre Tourigny, has agreed to jump back behind the bench, this time as a Head Coach.

Tourigny, hired by the Senators on July 3rd 2015 and fired May 2nd 2016, has returned to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) to coach the Halifax Mooseheads.

Prior to his NHL stint, Tourigny spent 2002 to 2013 with the Rouyn – Noranda Huskies, winning the Ron Lapointe Trophy (coach of the year) during the 2005 – 2006 season.

Boudreau interested in the Sens?

The Senators could probably have another name now on their list, Bruce Boudreau.

Sportsnet’s Mike Johnson recently wrote that the Ottawa Senators are believed to be interested in acquiring the services of recently fired head coach Bruce Boudreau.

With 8 division titles, and over 680 NHL games coached, Boudreau is certainly one of the more experienced coaches that have been linked to the Senators.

Chances are that Sen’s stand pat at the draft

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun recently wrote a column about the 2016 NHL Entry draft and how newly hired Senators GM Pierre Dorion plans to approach the draft.

While Dorion didn’t dismiss the possibility of trading the Senators 1st round draft pick (12th overall), he had this to say:

At the end of the day, if I had to predict where we’re going to pick in Buffalo, I’d probably have to say we’re going to pick 12th.

Q – Round up : Gagne vs. Perron

2015 Second round draft pick Gabriel Gagne  picked up an assist (9 goals, 10 assists in the playoffs thus far) in a 6 – 3 win over 2015 first round draft pick Thomas Chabot (3 goals, 18 assists) and the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Gagne and the Shawinigan Cataractes won the series 4 – 1 and moved on to play for the President Cup.

2014 Seventh round draft pick Francis Perron picked up 2 goals and had an assist (10 goals, 14 assists in 13 GP) in a 5 – 4 come from behind win over Senator prospect Cody Donaghey and the Moncton Wildcats.

Donaghey had 2 assists in the loss and finished his playoff season with 1 goal and 7 assists in 17 gp.

Perron and the Rouyn – Noranda Huskies took the series 4 – 2 and moved on to play for the President Cup.


Q-Round up: Jr. Sens

  • 2015 First round draft pick Thomas Chabot and the Saint John Sea Dog’s fell by a score of 4-3 in overtime to the Shawinigan Cataractes. Chabot picked up an assist to extend his playoff lead to 18. 2015 Second round draft pick Gabriel Gagne and the Cataractes lead the series 3-1
  • 2014 Seventh round draft Francis Perron and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are the on the verge of eliminating prospect Cody Donaghey (acquired in the Dion Phanuef trade) and the Moncton Wildcats. The Huskies lead the series 3-1.

2016 Rookie Tournament


As per the Ottawa Senators official website:

The schedule has been released for the 2016 Rookie Tournament in London, ON as the Sens prospects square off against the Penguins, Canadiens and Maple Leafs in their annual pre-season round-robin.

From the release:

Full Tournament Schedule:

Friday, September 16, 2016

3:35 p.m. Game # 1 – Pittsburgh (black) vs. Montreal (red)

7:00 p.m. Game #2 – Ottawa (white) vs. Toronto (white)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

3:35 p.m. Game #3 Pittsburgh (black) vs. Ottawa (white)

7:00 p.m. Game #4 Toronto (blue) vs. Montreal (red)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

1:00 p.m. Game #5 Montreal (red) vs. Ottawa (white)

4:35 p.m. Game #6 Toronto (blue) vs. Pittsburgh (black)

Goaltenders: Chris Driedger, Matt O’Connor

Defencemen: Chris Carlisle, Thomas Chabot, Marcus Crawford, Ben Harpur, Chris Rumble, Troy Rutkowski, Mikael Wikstrand.

Forwards: Filip Chlapik, Vincent Dunn, Ryan Dzingel, Travis Ewanyk, Gabriel Gagne, Alex Guptill, Tobias Lindberg, Max McCormick, Nick Paul, Ryan Penny, Francis Perron, Matt Puempel, Buddy Robinson, Alex Wideman, Matthew Zay.

The players I will be keeping an eye on; Buddy Robinson, Ben Harpur, Filip Chlapik, Francis Perron, Matt Puempel and Thomas Chabot.

Thomas Chabot has been piling up the assists in the QMJHL playoffs this season, if he can pick up where he leaves off this year during the rookie tournament (*and preseason) next year, chance are high that we could see Chabot in the starting lineup with the Senators next year.

Ben Harpur and Buddy Robinson both saw action with the Senators down the stretch, Harpur logging around 13 minutes over five games, and Robinson receiving 4th line minutes. It was just a small sample size, but should light a fire under them to give it there all.

Francis Perron was tied for the lead with all the Senator Rookies last season during the rookie tournament. Perron also put up 108 points in 62 games with the HuskiesRouyn-Noranda, Huskies (second best points record in the QMJHL this season.)