Sens general manager Pierre Dorion announced on TSN 1200 earlier today that Thomas Chabot has been told to find a place in Ottawa for the remainder of the season.
The 20-year-old defender received the good news following last night's game against the St. Louis Blues where he was summoned to meet with assistant general manager Randy Lee. He was a little apprehensive about the meeting at first before hearing that he will spend the rest of the season in the NHL.
"Randy came to see me after the game and asked me to go for a walk down to Pierre Dorion's office," recalled Chabot. "To be really honest with you my first thought was that I was going back to Belleville (laughs)."
Chabot, who began the year with Ottawa's AHL affiliate, has appeared in 24 games for the Senators this season recording 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points over that span including his first career NHL goal on December 1st against the Islanders.
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"I was pretty disappointed when I was sent down at the start of the season," Chabot said. "When I got back here I had the chance to earn more and more ice-time so I tried to take advantage of that."
His development hasn't gone unnoticed by the coach either as Guy Boucher praised his young defenceman's constantly improving play.
"What I like is that he hasn't regressed," said Boucher. "He hasn't taken a step forward and then two back so that gives you the indication that his progression should continue."
"A lot of the mistakes that you would see early on…you don't see anymore," the Sens head coach continued. "All the things that we've asked him to do he's been improving at so the more games he plays, the better our team will be in the long run."
During his stints with the Senators this season, Chabot has been living with teammate Derick Brassard who has helped the rookie adjust to life in the National Hockey League. With Chabot's stay in Ottawa indefinitely extended, he may need to revisit their agreement.
"I've been staying with Derick so I guess we'll have to talk about it but rent will probably be a little more expensive next month," joked Chabot.