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Top prospects for Ottawa Senators

Defenseman Thomas Chabot unlikely to be rushed to NHL

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 30 teams throughout August. Today, the Ottawa Senators.

After emptying the development system in a rebuilding phase four seasons ago and promoting forwards Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, and defensemen Cody Ceci, Mark Borowiecki and Chris Wideman to the NHL, the Ottawa Senators have been working to build their depth and have a handful of high-end prospects.

There is a good mix of skilled forwards with size, and talented defensemen, though for the most part they are viewed as being a season or two away from making the NHL.

Here are the Senators' top five prospects, according to

1. Thomas Chabot, D

How acquired: Selected with No. 18 pick of 2015 NHL Draft

Last season: Saint John (QMJHL): 47 GP, 11-34-45

Chabot is a strong skater with great vision and hockey sense, and those qualities could put him in position to contend for a spot on the Senators at training camp.

Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said he was impressed with the way Chabot played at the 2016 World Junior Championship for Canada as an 18-year-old and the way he controlled games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and said he is leaving the door open for the 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenseman.

"I think at times I think it's tough to step into the League at 19 years old, but a lot of teams are doing it. Why not us?" Dorion said.

That said, it will be a surprise if Chabot becomes a regular this season.

Projected NHL arrival: Next season

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2. Logan Brown, C

How acquired: Selected with No. 11 pick of 2016 NHL Draft

Last season: Windsor (OHL): 59 GP, 21-53-74

The Senators' priority in the 2016 draft was getting a big center, and they traded a 2016 third-round pick to the New Jersey Devils to move up one spot in the draft to make sure they got one. At 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, Brown has size, nice hands and playmaking ability.

"I've been pretty big my entire life, but have also put in a lot of hard work on the ice every day," Brown said. "I work on having quick feet and that explosiveness that might help me become one of those better skaters."

Brown, 18, had four goals and nine assists in nine games with USA Hockey's National Team Program last season, and three goals and nine assists in seven games for the U.S. during the World Junior Championship.

The son of former NHL player Jeff Brown, the coach and general manager of Ottawa of the Ontario Hockey League, Brown already has a familiarity with the city and has been training with Senators conditioning coach Chris Schwarz.

Projected NHL arrival: 2018-19

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3. Colin White, C

How acquired: Selected with No. 21 pick of 2015 NHL Draft

Last season: Boston College (NCAA): 37 GP, 19-24-43

White, projected to be a two-way center, will return to Boston College this fall after speculation he might turn pro after his freshman season.

"I loved it there," White (6-foot, 183) said of his college experience. "The people around me were so great. It will be good for my development for one more year. 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."

White, 19, missed development camp after having surgery on his left wrist but was able to handle pucks and take wrist shots during the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in August and said he will be fully healthy when the college season starts.

Projected NHL arrival: 2018-19

4. Nick Paul, LW

How acquired: Trade with Dallas Stars, July 1, 2014

Last season: Ottawa: 24 GP, 2-3-5; Binghamton (AHL): 45 GP, 6-11-17

Injuries to veteran forwards Clark MacArthur and Kyle Turris opened the door for Paul, 21, who made his NHL debut Feb. 16.

Paul, drafted by Dallas with the No. 101 pick in the 2013 draft, can play center, but his future likely be at left wing. At 6-4, 230, he has the size to excel along the wall.

He had an impressive development camp and was honored with the Hardest Worker Award.

Projected NHL arrival: This season

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5. Andreas Englund, D

How acquired: Selected with No. 40 pick of 2014 NHL Draft

Last season: Djurgarden (SWE): 46 GP, 2-4-6

The Senators signed the 20-year-old to a three-year, entry-level contract April 6, and he is expected to participate in training camp in September.

Englund, a 6-3, 190-pound left-shooting defensive-minded defenseman, also helped Djurgarden's junior team win the under-20 league title and was the captain for Sweden at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. He had two points in seven games, and Sweden's coaching staff voted him one of the team's three best players at the tournament.

Projected NHL arrival: Next season

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