OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has signed defenceman Maxence Guenette to a three-year, entry-level contract which will commence with the 2021-22 season.
Guenette, 19, is in the midst of his fourth major junior season with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Val-d'Or Foreurs where he ranks second among team defenceman and eighth among Val-d'Or skaters with 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) while having appeared in each of the team's 36 regular-season games. He also leads team defenceman (and is tied for second among all Foreurs) with a plus/minus rating of plus-19.
"Maxence is a strong puck moving defenceman who absorbs a lot of ice-time for his team in Val-d'Or, the QMJHL's top ranked team this season," said Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He maintains good vision, hockey sense and puck skills. We're especially pleased to already see some significant strides he's made since being drafted."
A native of L'Ancienne-Lorette, Que., Guenette has tallied 106 points (25 goals, 81 assists) and 84 penalty minutes over 227 career major junior contests. His points' total sees him five shy of moving into a tie for fifth place among all-time Foreurs' defenceman in scoring.
Selected by the Senators with the team's seventh-round pick (187th overall) at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, Guenette was recognized with an honourable mention for the QMJHL's Defenceman of the Month Award for December, 2020.
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