Finnigan's 8 is a weekly recap highlighting eight top performing Ottawa Senators prospects.
Ridly Greig (Brandon/WHL)
3GP / 3G / 0A
It was a big week for Greig back in the WHL and it started with him being named the 66th captain in Wheat Kings history on Thursday.
Greig followed that up with a two-goal performance Friday in his first game of the season to help lead Brandon to its first victory of the season. Greig tied a career high in shots on goal with nine Saturday against Saskatoon, where he also had one goal.
An impressive training camp and preseason was rewarded Tuesday morning as Kelly signed a two-year extension with the Senators.
The 22-year-old played three preseason games for Ottawa, tallying one assist and 14 penalty minutes.
Kelly played a preseason game with Belleville Sunday and scored two goals in the process.
Tyler Kleven (North Dakota/NCHC)
2GP / 1G / 1A
Kleven got his sophomore NCAA season off to a good start by collecting his first goal of the season in North Dakota's season-opener Friday before adding an assist a day later. The d-man registered five shots on goal and was a +2 over the weekend.
Through two games, Loheit is already a third of the way to matching his goal total from a year ago as he buried his first of the season in a 4-2 win at Bemidji State Friday night. The 21-year-old fired six shots on goal and tallied four penalty minutes over the weekend.
Merilainen got off to a perfect start to his OHL career Thursday as in his first game, he turned away 14 of 15 shots to get the win as the Frontenacs beat Ottawa 8-1.
He also started for the Fronts in losses on Saturday and Sunday and has started every game of Kingston's season so far.
Jake Sanderson (North Dakota/NCHC)
2GP/ 2G /2A
Simply put, it was an astonishing week for Sanderson. In North Dakota's first two games of the season, the d-man scored a pair of highlight reel goals and added two assists as the Fighting Hawks started the season perfectly with back-to-back wins against Niagara. He was rewarded for his dominant start by being named the Bauer NCHC Defenceman of the Week.
The 2020 fifth overall pick is also wearing an 'A' for the first time this season.
The Danish goaltender made his AHL preseason debut Sunday and turned aside 30 shots as Belleville beat Toronto 5-3 in preseason action on Sunday. Sogaard also suited up in two NHL preseason tilts with Ottawa where he had a 2.87 GAA in 21 minutes of action.
Egor Sokolov (Belleville/AHL)
After playing four preseason games with Ottawa, and scoring one goal in the process, Sokolov made his precence felt in his return to the AHL where he had three assists Friday in a 5-3 victory over Laval in exhibition play.