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Prospect report: January 2021

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

We're already a month into the New Year so that means it's time to check in on the Ottawa Senators' prospects.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, a good chunk of the Sens' prospects remain playing in both North American and Europe. Here's the latest:

NCAA

Shane Pinto (University of North Dakota, NCHC)

Pinto has been nothing short of outstanding so far this season for North Dakota. He leads the NCHC in points with 23 in just 18 games while his 11 goals also top the league. His 23 points have him in a tie for fourth in NCAA scoring this season, as do his 11 goals.

Pinto also has five power play goals this year and three game-winning goals. He was named the NCHC's forward of the week today too. 

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

The 20-year-old Bernard-Docker has had a good campaign thus far for the Fighting Hawks with a goal and seven assists in 18 contests. His +/- of 14 leads his team too.

Tyler Kleven (University of North Dakota, NCHC)

After winning a gold medal at the World Juniors, Kleven returned to North Dakota and played eight games over the last month where he had a pair of goals and an assist. He has four points (three goals) in 11 games this season.

Jake Sanderson (University of North Dakota, NCHC)

Like Kleven, Sanderson claimed gold at the World Juniors and the freshman has added three assists in the eight games since his return. He had a goal and two assists in three games before the World Juniors.

Luke Loheit (Minnesota-Duluth, NCHC)

Loheit notched a goal and two assists during the month of January. The sophomore forward has three goals and five points in 17 games this year along with 27 penalty minutes, the most on the Bulldogs.

Jonny Tychonick (Nebraska-Omaha, NCHC)

Tychonick only played three games during January as Omaha dealt with a number of Covid issues that forced the team to not return to action until Jan. 18 and delayed Tychonick's return until Jan. 24. In his three games however, he had a goal and an assist and has four points (two goals) in 13 games with the Mavericks after his summer transfer from UND.

Angus Crookshank (New Hampshire, Hockey East)

After postponements ravaged New Hampshire's December schedule, the team got back on track in January playing 11 games. Crookshank lined up nine times, bagging two goals and two assists. He has six points (four goals) in 12 games this year.

Jakov Novak (Bentley, Atlantic Hockey)

Novak is enjoying a good year so far with Bentley as he has six goals and nine points in only seven games.

Todd Burgess (Minnesota State, Mankato, WCHA)

Burgess continues to contribute for the Mavericks as through 11 games this season, he has two goals and four assists.  

Europe

  • Since the World Juniors, where he won bronze with Finland, Roby Jarventie has returned to Ilves of the SM-Liiga where in five games in January he has an assist. In 24 games this season, he has seven goals and 15 points as an 18-year-old and is a +9.
  • Viktor Lodin enjoyed a successful January with Timra of the HockeyAllsvenskan where in 10 games, he tallied seven points (three goals). He has 21 points (seven goals) in 34 games this season.
  • After not playing at all in December, Leevi Meriläinen got into six games in January. He holds a .928 save percentage in 17 games so far this season for Karpat in the U20 SM-Sarja.
  • Erik Engstrand got into six games in January with the SHL's Malmo Redhawks. He was pointless over the course of the month and has a goal and an assist in 28 games this season.
  • Mads Sogaard played six times in January with Denmark's Esbjerg Energy and in 12 games this season has a .934 save percentage to help his team sit second in the Metal-Ligaen standings.

CHL

  • Max Guenette is back in action for Val d'Or in the QMJHL after the league permitted certain teams to return after a hiatus due to surging Covid numbers in the Atlantic's and Quebec. Guenette was pointless in four games in January and in 19 contests this year, has five goals and 16 points.
  • The Senators' other QMJHL prospect, Philippe Daoust, is still not able to return to action for the Moncton Wildcats as they are one of the team's currently not permitted to return to play.

Photo credit: Mark Kuhlmann

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