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.

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

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

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President Cup Champions!

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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.

 

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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: 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

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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.)

 

 

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.