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Senators Prospects January Review

by Henry Brown @SensProspects / Special To the Ottawa Senators

As the calendar turned to a new year, many familiar names led the way in the Senators' system. It's hard to believe that it was only last month when Team Canada rallied to beat Russia 4-3 in the World Junior Championship gold medal game. Lost in the celebrations was how the winning goal started off: with a beautiful stretch pass by Jacob Bernard-Docker.

Tweet from @SensProspects: 🍎🇨🇦 Bernard-Docker stretch pass!! #JBD #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/SqV8HqyCEg

 Back at the University of North Dakota, Bernard-Docker's college teammates continued their winning ways. One of their final victories of the month came thanks to a Jonny Tychonick goal, his first career NCAA game-winner. His 4 goals this season have come on just 10 shots.

Tweet from @SensProspects: 🚨 4th of the season for Jonny Tychonick was the GWG on Saturday night. He���s got 10 points in 18GP #GoSensGo��pic.twitter.com/PS9qjVfajA

 

Not to be outdone, Shane Pinto scored 7 points in 7 games with North Dakota after returning from the World Juniors. Although Team USA finished a disappointing 6th place, Pinto was a bright spot for the Americans. He was second in team scoring with 7 points in 5 games.

Tweet from @SensProspects: 🚨 Shane Pinto���s 10th #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/dPS8S6xqfx

 

Masked Men / Crease Report

With Marcus Hogberg in Ottawa, Joey Daccord has taken full advantage of his opportunity in Belleville. He's put up a 10-3-2 record with a team-leading .918SV% over the past 2 months, propelling Belleville to 1st place in the North Division.

Joey Daccord #35| Midseason AHL Highlights | 2019-20

 

Daccord's counterpart in Belleville, Filip Gustavsson, had the best month of his AHL career in January. He notched his first AHL shutout while posting a 4-0-1 record and a .942 SV%.

Tweet from @SensProspects: 👀 Filip Gustavsson pic.twitter.com/tSSg13qCNk

 

 

Meanwhile, Kevin Mandolese was named the QMJHL goaltender of the month for December. He recorded 4 wins, including his first shutout of the season, en route to a .930 SV%. Mandolese continued his outstanding play in January, posting a 7-1 record and an identical .930 SV%.

 Tweet from @SensProspects: Kevin Mandolese had an outstanding January 🔥Mando posted a 7-1 record with a .930 SV% and 1 shutout. Wouldn't be surprised to see him named as the QMJHL goalie of the month for the second month in a row. #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/7MJRPW5izD

 

 

Headin' Out On The 401

After an up-and-down start to the season, Belleville has been climbing the ladder in the AHL's North Division. They claimed the top spot heading into the All-Star break at the end of the month thanks to contributions from many prospects.


At this point you've come to expect Josh Norris' name in the Farm Report, and he lived up to his reputation with another phenomenal month. Norris had 13 points in 11 games and rode a 13-game point streak that ended midway through January. Even though he missed 2 games and the All Star festivities due to an illness, he sits first in the AHL rookie scoring race.

Tweet from @SensProspects: Moment of silence for Josh Norris' goal last night ft. Erik Brannstrom, Alex Formenton, and Logan Brown. pic.twitter.com/cHNN6Fn99P

 

 

Speaking of streaks, Logan Brown had points in 8 straight when the month came to an end after putting up 16 points in 13 games - plus a shootout winner.

Tweet from @SensProspects: 🍎 How about this play by Logan Brown on Saturday night?Brown has 6 assists in his last 3 games. #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/xrQAupmbyV

 

With 11 assists in 13 games, Erik Brannstrom recorded a remarkably consistent stat line during his first full month in the AHL this season. Embracing an offensive role from the blueline, 5 of Brannstrom's assists came on the power play.

Tweet from @SensProspects: Brannstrom > Brown > Batherson#BBB #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/aAGQ9T3veW

 

The book on Alex Formenton has always been about his blazing speed, but we finally got to put a number on that during the AHL All-Star Skills Competition. He won the event running away with a time of 13.356 - good for third best in league history. A late addition to the event due to Norris' illness, Formenton had 15 points in 13 games, including his first pro hat trick.

Alex Formenton | 2020 AHL All-Star Fastest Skater

 

Whenever a team goes on a winning streak like Belleville did, you can often look past the top two lines to find some unsung production. That was the case for Parker Kelly who got into a bit of a groove for the first time in his rookie pro season. He had a 5 game point streak and finished with a season-high 6 points in January. 

Tweet from @SensProspects: 🚨 Parker Kelly's 5th of the season🍎 Logan Brown with a bit of physicality to set up the goal and earn his 3rd assist of the game. Brown has 17 points in 13GP with Belleville. #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/qpKnimpTVk

 

 

How about this finish by Rudolfs Balcers during the AHL All-Star Game? Thing of beauty.

Tweet from @SensProspects: 🚨 Rudolfs Balcers with a really nice finish in the AHL All-Star game. #GoSensGo #ForTheB #AHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/WopV8LPsh9

 

 

That's a wrap on the first Farm Report of 2020! Stay tuned for the next monthly Farm Report and be sure to reach out if there's something you'd like to see featured.

 

 

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