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Prospect report: February 2021

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

And just like that, another month is in the books.

While the Ottawa Senators season continues to roll on, its top prospects continue to play around the world too.

Some prospects are still being limited by the Covid-19 pandemic but there's no shortage of news when it comes to the Sens' future.

A more in-depth look at how Senators prospects are faring in the AHL will be coming shortly.

NCAA

Shane Pinto (University of North Dakota, NCHC)

In 11 fewer games, Pinto has already matched his point total from all of last season. In 22 contests, Pinto has 28 points, good for a tie for sixth place in the NCAA. His 15 goals are tied for third in the NCAA while his goal and point totals lead the NCHC.

Pinto has been a driving force behind the Fighting Hawks winning their second straight Penrose Cup as the NCHC's regular season champions, a title they clinched on Feb. 20.

Pinto is also a nominee for the 2021 Hobey Baker award as the NCAA's top player.

Jacob Bernard-Docker (University of North Dakota, NCHC)

Bernard-Docker has had a big February with seven points (one goal) in just five games and was named the NCHC Defenceman of the Week on Feb. 22 on the heels of a four-point week as UND swept Omaha.

The junior d-man is +15 this year.

Tyler Kleven (University of North Dakota, NCHC)

The freshman defenceman scored a pair of goals in five games during February. Kleven is +11 this year and has five goals and an assist in 16 games.

Jake Sanderson (University of North Dakota, NCHC)

Sanderson ended February on a nice three-game point streak that featured a goal and four assists.

The rookie blueliner has two goals and nine assists in 11 games for UND. 

Luke Loheit (Minnesota-Duluth, NCHC)

Loheit was held pointless in six games in February but the Bulldogs sit third in the NCHC standings. Loheit has three goals, five points and 33 penalty minutes in 23 games this season.

Jonny Tychonick (Nebraska-Omaha, NCHC)

Tychonick had a four-point February thanks to a goal and three helpers over the course of seven games.

He has three goals and eight points in 20 games in his first season with the Mavericks.

Angus Crookshank (New Hampshire, Hockey East)

Crookshank had a monster February with 11 points in just six games, largely in part due to his four-goal game on Feb. 6 that helped him earn Hockey East Co-Player of the Week honours two days later.

Crookshank is currently riding a five-game point streak and in 18 games this season, has 17 points (nine goals) for the 5-13-3 Wildcats.

Jakov Novak (Bentley, Atlantic Hockey)

Novak tallied four points in February and in 14 games this season, he has 13 points (six goals).

Like Pinto, Novak has been nominated for the 2021 Hobey Baker award.

Todd Burgess (Minnesota State, Mankato, WCHA)

Burgess had a big February with four two-point games to take his season total to 14 points this season.

He has five goals for the Mavericks, who claimed the MacNaughton Cup for winning the WCHA on Feb. 25.

Europe

  • After a slow January where he had just one assist, Roby Jarventie tallied six points in February to take his season total to 21. He has 10 goals in 35 games this year. Ilves are currently eighth in the league standings, two points off of an automatic spot in the playoffs. Teams that finish between 7th and 10th in Finland's Liiga play a preliminary best out of three series to take the final two spots in the playoffs.
  • Viktor Lodin had a massive February with 13 points (five goals) in just seven games for Timra of the Hockey Allsvenskan who are obliterating the competition this year with 34 wins and 110 points. They are currently 26 points clear of second place in the league standings. Lodin has 12 goals and 34 points in 40 games this season.
  • Leevi Meriläinen holds a .928 save percentage in 19 games this season for Karpat in the U20 SM-Sarja.
  • Eric Engstand picked up an assist in six games in February for Malmo of the SHL. The Redhawks sit 10th in the league standings, holding onto the final pre-playoff qualifying spot (the SHL has the same playoff format as Finland's Liiga).
  • Mads Sogaard has played 13 games for Denmark's Esbjerg Energy where he holds a .934 save percentage, the best in the league among qualified goaltenders. The Energy are third in the league's standings.

QMJHL

  • In six games in February, Max Guenette tallied five assists as Val d'Or had a perfect 6-0 month. Guenette has five goals and 21 points in 26 games this year. Guenette was named to the QMJHL's Team of the Week for the period of Feb. 8-14.
  • The Senators' other prospect currently in the QMJHL, Phillippe Daoust, continues to sit on the sidelines as the Moncton Wildcats are one of the team's still not permitted to return to play. Daoust last suited up on Nov. 14 and has 13 points (four goals) in 13 games.

WHL

  • The WHL has started their 2020-21 season but the Sens' two WHL prospects won't be hitting the ice until March 12 as Ridly Greig and Cole Reinhardt of the Brandon Wheat Kings join the WHL bubble in Regina. However, both Greig and Reinhardt got some professional experience before heading back to junior as they both lined up for the Belleville Senators. Greig tallied two assists in four games while Reinhardt had a helper in three contests.

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