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2020-21 End of season prospect report: Defencemen

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

Part two of our prospect season in review will take a look at what's coming on the blue line for the Ottawa Senators.

With lots of depth on defence, here's a look at how those d-men in the pipeline fared during the 2020-21 season.  

Olle Alsing

The 25-year-old, who was signed May 10 2019, made the jump to North America this season and by doing so, got to play his first few NHL games.

Alsing made his NHL debut May 5 against Winnipeg and wound up playing four games for Ottawa down the stretch. He also suited up 11 times with the Belleville Senators, tallying two assists, but spent the majority of the season on Ottawa's taxi squad.

The Swede started his season in Austria, notching five assists in 13 games with the Graz99ers.

Jonathan Aspirot

In his second pro year, Aspirot more than tripled his goalscoring output from his rookie year as he tallied seven goals this season, five of which came on the power play to lead the Belleville Senators in that category.

Despite missing some time with injury, Aspirot, who was named to Ottawa's taxi squad to open the season, had 13 points in 27 games.

Jacob Bernard-Docker

Similar to the night Joey Daccord got his first NHL win, Bernard-Docker didn't have a ton of time to think about his NHL on April 14. Nikita Zaitsev took warmups and after establishing he was unable to play, JBD stepped in.

The 20-year-old played five games with Ottawa after signing his entry-level contract April 1 after finishing his third year at North Dakota. With the Fighting Hawks, Bernard-Docker had three goals and 18 points in 27 games as they claimed the Penrose Cup as NCHC regular season champions as well as the Frozen Faceoff as NCHC champions.

He was named the NCHC's Defensive Defenceman of the Year and was named to the Second-Team All-NCHC team. 

Max Guenette

Guenette's season is still ongoing as his Val d'Or Foreurs are in the QMJHL's Presidents Cup Final where they've swept their opponents 3-0 in each of the first three rounds.

Guenette himself had five goals and 22 points in 36 regular season games and has added six points (two goals) in nine postseason contests.

The 20-year-old signed his entry-level contract with Ottawa on April 3.

Tyler Kleven

In his freshman year at North Dakota, Kleven played 22 games, scoring five times while adding two assists while his 37 penalty minutes were the second most on the team.

The 2020 second round pick claimed gold at the World Juniors in January and like Bernard-Docker, claimed the NCHC's Penrose Cup and Frozen Faceoff.

Jake Sanderson

Sanderson's freshman year with the Fighting Hawks saw him score twice and add 13 assists in 22 contests while his +13 was the fourth best on the team.

The 18-year-old was named to the NCHC All-Rookie team after receiving 12 first-team votes and like Bernard-Docker and Kleven, was part of North Dakota's trophy-laden season.

Alongside Kleven, Sanderson won gold at the World Juniors as he played in every game for the U.S where he notched two assists in the process.

Lassi Thomson

Thomson, the Sens' first round pick in 2019, made the jump to North America this season where he suited up in 35 games for Belleville scoring once and adding 12 assists. His first pro goal in North America came on April 14 against Stockton.

The 20-year-old began the year in his native Finland where he notched two assists in 18 games for Ilves.

Jonny Tychonick

After transferring to Nebraska-Omaha from North Dakota ahead of the season, Tychonick played 23 games for the Mavericks scoring three times and adding five assists.

Photo credit: Andre Ringuette

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