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Senators Prospects November Review

by Henry Brown @SensProspects / Special To the Ottawa Senators




For prospects with hopes of playing in the upcoming World Junior Championships (WJC), November was an important month. It was their last chance to show why they deserve to be invited to their country's selection camp. With that in mind, we'll take a look at how potential candidates performed in November.

Team Canada

Leading the way was defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker (JBD) who continued to put up points for the University of North Dakota (UND). Known more for his smooth skating and responsible defensive play, JBD recorded 3 goals and 8 points in 9 games to help UND go undefeated in the month.

Tweet from @SensProspects: 🚨 Jacob Bernard-Docker!1st goal of the season for JBD. He's got 7 points in 8GP. #GoSensGo


Back in August, JBD and his UND teammate Jonny Tychonick were added to Team Canada's roster at the World Junior Summer Showcase, an early training camp for potential WJC players. Tychonick battled illness and injury in November, but still made his mark with 2 goals and 5 points in 6 games.

Tweet from @SensProspects: 🚨🚨 Jonny Tychonick!Tychonick scored 2 goals just 33 seconds apart on Friday night. After going scoreless as a NCAA rookie, he's put up 3 goals in his last 3 games. #GoSensGo


A dark horse candidate to make the team, Maxence Guenette boosted his stock with a great showing for Team QMJHL at the CIBC Canada/Russia Series. Like JBD, Guenette is a right-shot defenceman who isn't known for his offence, but he still posted 2 goals and 8 points in 13 games with Val-d'Or.

Tweet from @SensProspects: 🍎 Maxence Guenette's 10th assist of the season was a beaut.Guenette has 13 points in 22GP for Val-d'Or and had a strong showing for the QMJHL against Team Russia earlier in the month. #GoSensGo

Update: Bernard-Docker was named to Team Canada's selection camp roster on Monday, December 2. Although Guennette and Tychonick were not part of the initial 31-man roster, they could still be called upon as injury replacements

 Team USA

While Canada had Tychonick and JBD on their roster at the World Junior Summer Showcase, Team USA had 3 Senators prospects on their squad: Jonathan Gruden, Shane Pinto, and Luke Loheit. 

From that group, Jonathan Gruden is off to a fantastic start in his first season with OHL London. He sits second on the team in scoring after an excellent November where he scored 5 goals and 16 points in 11 games.

Tweet from @SensProspects: 🔥 Jon Gruden put up 4 points over the weekend, extending his point streak to 11 games.Gruden has 28 points (9G, 19A) in 21GP with OHL London, registering at least a point in all but 3 games (!). He's got a good shot at making Team USA for the WJC 🇺🇸 #GoSensGo

Although NCAA freshmen Shane Pinto and Luke Loheit are both considered long shots to make the team, they chipped in on scoresheets last month. Pinto scored 4 goals and added a couple assists for UND while Loheit notched his first career NCAA goal for the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Tweet from @SensProspects: 🚨 6th of the season for Shane Pinto!He���s got 11 points in 15 GP for UND #GoSensGo

Tweet from @SensProspects: 🚨 Luke Loheit! 1st NCAA goal!He���s got 2 points in 8GP for UMD. #GoSensGo

Team Finland

 After missing a month due to injury, Lassi Thomson returned to the lineup and quickly got back on the board, recording a goal and an assist in 4 games. One of the Liiga's best rookies, he's expected to be on Finland's top defensive pairing at the WJC and is projected to be one of the stars of the tournament.

Tweet from @JokkeNevalainen: RHD Lassi Thomson (OTT) with his 4th #Liiga goal today. #GoSensGo

Team Denmark

Denmark will be competing in Division 1A of the 2020 WJC after being relegated from the tournament's top tier last year. They'll be relying heavily on starting goalie Mads Søgaard who was named to the team in late November.

Tweet from @SensProspects: Mads Sogaard has won 3 games in a row and recorded his 2nd shutout of the year in the process. He's 11-6-1 this season with a .905 SV% #GoSensGo

Three Stars

Aside from the prospects who are pushing for their shot at WJC glory, there were a few others who made headlines last month.

Down the 401 in Brampton and Belleville, Joey Daccord recorded a couple of career firsts. He notched his first pro shutout as a member of the Brampton Beast in a 3-0 win over Cincinnati on November 8th. After posting 6 wins in 11 starts with Brampton, Daccord was recalled to Belleville. He stopped 26/27 in his AHL debut on November 30, a 3-1 win over Hershey.

Sophomore NCAA forward Jakov Novak was highlighted in the October Farm Report after a hot start to his season. His strong play continued into November where Novak had 5 goals and 11 points, setting a new career high for goals and points in the process.

Tweet from @SensProspects: Jakov Novak has 7G and 13 points in 10GP to start his second NCAA season 🔥 He had 7G and 15 points in 37GP last season.

Another carry-over from October's report, Josh Norris was one of many Belleville Senators who excelled in November. Norris' 7 goals and 12 points in 13 games were a key part of Belleville's great month that saw the team post a 10-3-1 record.

Tweet from @SensProspects: Josh Norris: 15 points in his last 15GPAlex Formenton: 9 points in his last 9GPBoth players put up 2 points in a 5-3 win on Wednesday night and are now ranked 4th & 5th in AHL rookie scoring. #GoSensGo

That's a wrap on November! Stay tuned for more monthly updates, follow @SensProspects so you never miss an update, and don't be shy to reach out if there's a prospect you'd like to see featured in next month's report.

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