Welcome back to another edition of the Senators prospect review - the first of the 2019-20 season! We'll take a look back at the stats and stories of prospects who stood out last month.
Across The Pond
October was the start of the season for pro leagues across North America, but things had been underway for a few weeks in most European leagues.
In Sweden, defenceman Olle Alsing continued his strong play with Djurgårdens of the SHL. Signed by the Senators as a free agent in May, Alsing leads his team in scoring. He was named to Team Sweden for the upcoming Karjala Tournament in November.
October stats (Djurgårdens, SHL): 11GP - 8 points (3G, 5A)
It came as no surprise that Lassi Thomson was named to Finland's U20 team for the Four Nations tournament that takes place in November. He's been one of Liiga's top rookie defencmen. Unfortunately he's missed a handful of games after suffering an injury midway through the month.
October stats (Ilves, Liiga): 7GP - 3 points (1G, 2A)
The University of North Dakota (UND) has been called Ottawa's "other farm team". They've got 3 Senators draft picks in their lineup: sophomore defencmen Jacob Bernard-Docker (JBD) and Jonny Tychonick, and freshman forward Shane Pinto. And they're off to a 4-1-1 start.
JBD led UND in scoring with 6 points in 6 games, highlighted by a 4 point effort against Canisius College, while Pinto and Tychonick both scored their first career collegiate goals. Pinto's strong start as a freshman was recognized when he was named NCHC Rookie of the Week on October 21st.
Jacob Bernard Docker: 6GP - 6 Points (6A)
Shane Pinto: 6GP - 5 Points (2G, 3A)
Jonny Tychonick: 4GP - 2 Points (1G, 1A)
Sophomore forward Jakov Novak, Ottawa's 7th round pick in 2018, finished last year with 3 goals in 3 playoff games for Bentley University. His nose for the net continued when he scored the OT winner in Bentley's first win of the season. He's netted 5 points in his first 5 games.
Jakov Novak (Bentley, NCAA): 5GP - 5 Points (4G, 1A)
Luke Loheit, another 2018 draft pick, made his NCAA debut with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. He's registered an assist through his first 6 games played with the defending national champions.
Out in the Western Hockey League, a couple of 2019 draft picks had notable streaks. Goalie Mads Søgaard led Medicine Hat to 3 straight wins while allowing just 4 goals. Søgaard's winning streak ended when he faced off against fellow prospect Mark Kastelic and the Calgary Hitmen.
Kastelic scored twice on Søgaard and took the league by storm upon his return to junior hockey. He had 8 goals and at least one point in each of his first 7 WHL games.
Mads Søgaard (Medicine Hat, WHL): 6GP - 3 wins, .897 SV%
Mark Kastelic (Calgary, WHL): 8GP - 11 Points (8G, 3A)
Jon Gruden left Miami University (Ohio) after his freshman year to sign an entry-level contract with the Senators in April. He's taken his talents to the OHL, and the move looks to be paying off. He's been a point-per-game player on the top line with the London Knights.
October stats (London, OHL): 8GP - 8 Points (3G, 5A)
Over in the Quebec league, Maxence Guenette was one of 8 defencemen named to the QMJHL's roster for the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series that takes place in November. Known to be more of a defensive defenceman, Guenette put up some solid offensive numbers in October.
October stats (Val-d'Or, QMJHL): 11GP - 8 Points (3G, 5A)
Headin' Out On The 401
On a roster chock-full of young talent, a familiar face and a rookie led the way down in Belleville.
Drake Batherson made his presence felt in his return to the AHL with a 5 point night in his second game of the season. Just like he did last year, he led the team in scoring last month.
October stats (Belleville, AHL): 7GP - 10 Points (3G, 7A)
Josh Norris saw his first action since early January when his season ended due to a shoulder injury. After going pointless for 4 games, Norris scored his first pro goal as part of a 3-point effort against Providence on October 19th. He kept things rolling and recorded a point in 5 straight games.
October stats (Belleville, AHL): 8GP - 6 Points (3G, 3A)
That's a wrap on the first month of the year! Stay tuned for more monthly updates and be sure to subscribe and follow along @SensProspects so you never miss an update.
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