Midweek Recap

A collection of Ottawa Senators articles from around the web!

Cameron back behind the bench

Former Ottawa Senators head coach Dave Cameron will be back behind the bench in the NHL for the 2016 – 17 season. Cameron will serve as assistant coach to Glen Gulutzan in Calgary with the Flames. –TSN

Chabot underwhelms

2015 first round draft pick (18 overall) Thomas Chabot seems to have assistant general manager Randy Lee disappointed with what he had at the Senators Development camp.

“I thought Thomas should have been a bit more intense, I thought Thomas should have dominated”

“I think Thomas should look at the landscape and see we’ve got six signed defencemen (to NHL contracts) … Thomas and I have talked about it.”

-Randy Lee, Ottawa Senators assistant general manager

-Ottawa Sun

Curious case of Mike Hoffman

Don Brennan, of the Ottawa Sun, wrote a good article about Senators forward Mike Hoffman. The lightning-rod restricted free agent still need to show what hes got (as crazy as that sounds.)

Before they give him $25 million over five seasons, or $20 million over four, or whatever the ask is, they want to make sure Hoffman is more than just a first three-quarters of the season wonder.

-Ottawa Sun

Hoffman has also decided to file for Salary Arbitration. Salary arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to Aug. 4.




Name : Ryan Dzingel
Position: Center
Age: 24 (03.09.92)
Shoots: Right
Term: one -year two- way contract.
Price tag: $750k (NHL) / $72.5k (AHL)
Comparables: Cedric Paquette ($812.5k), Zach Sill ($612.5k), Cody Bass ($612.5k)

Drafted in the 7th round (204 overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators.

2015 -2016: In his second season in the American Hockey League with the Binghamton Senators, Dzingel set career highs in assists (24) and points (36) in 44 games.

He also spent time with the Ottawa Senators. In 30 games Dzingel scored 3 goals and had 6 assists.


Name: Fredrik Claesson
Position: Defense
Age: 23 (11.24.92)
Shoots: Left
Term: one -year two- way contract.
Price tag: $700k (NHL) / $100k (AHL)
Comparables: Chris Wideman ($800k), Mark Barberio ($750k), Zach Trotman ($650k)

Drafted in the 5th round (126 overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators.

2015 -2016: In his fourth season in the American Hockey League with the Binghamton Senators, Claesson had 3 goals and 7 assists in 55 games.

He also spent time with the Ottawa Senators. In 16 games Claesson picked up two helpers – plus 33 hits and 30 blocked shots.




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

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.)



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.