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Ottawa Senators sign forward Zack Ostapchuk to entry-level contract

by Sens Communications @Media_Sens / Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has signed forward Zack Ostapchuk to a three-year, entry-level contract.

A native of St. Albert, Alta., Ostapchuk is currently in the midst of his first National Hockey League training camp, which will see him skate in an NHL game for the first time this evening when the Senators welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs in a pre-season contest at Canadian Tire Centre.

"Zack has had an exceptional camp and we are excited about watching his development this season," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He possesses the necessary tools in terms of size, skill and skating ability that we feel are key attributes in today's NHL. Zack's strong hockey sense and work ethic will serve him well as he trends towards becoming a full-time pro. Credit to Trent Mann and his amateur scouting staff who identified a prospect we feel is well on his way to helping the future of the organization."

Ostapchuk, 18, most recently competed in the Western Hockey League with the Vancouver Giants where he posted major junior career highs in goals (seven), assists (nine), points (16) and penalty minutes (26) during the 2020-21 season. He was recognized as the Giants' Most Improved Player following a campaign which saw lead Vancouver skaters with three game-winning goals.

Drafted by the Senators with the first of two second-round selections (39th overall) at the 2021 NHL Draft, Ostapchuk is the first Senators' 2021 draftee to sign with the team.

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