The Senators' pair of first-round picks from the 2015 NHL Draft have both received invites to their respective nation's World Juniors Selection Camps.
Both prospects are off to solid starts this year and not unlike Draft day, Thomas Chabot's call came first as he was invited to participate in Team Canada's Selection Camp last week. Ottawa Senators General Manager Bryan Murray rewarded Chabot's good showing at training camp by sending him back to Saint John with an NHL contract.
"We're obviously very happy with him," said Murray back on September 30th. "I think he showed poise, skating ability and that he can play with high-end players."
While his puck-moving skills impressed during his time with the big club, it was Chabot's two-way play that turned some heads. Something that he attributed in part to the guidance of a certain 2-time Norris Trophy winner.
"Erik Karlsson helped me a lot and gave me some tricks in the games," said Chabot after signing his entry-level contract with the Senators. "I really enjoyed this experience and I had a lot of chances to play with some great players."
Through 22 games in the QMJHL this season for Saint John, Chabot has notched 7 goals and 13 assists for 20 points and is a team best +13.
Colin White's invite came earlier today to no one's surprise. White has started his collegiate career at Boston College on fire and currently leads the Eagles in scoring with 23 points in 15 games. But much like Chabot, White plays a 200-foot game and that is something that Sens Assistant General Manager Randy Lee says isn't suffering during his freshman season in the NCAA.
"A lot of times we tell guys 'don't worry about your numbers, worry about playing at the higher level and playing right'," said Lee during a recent prospect update. "He's doing all that plus he's contributing offensively which is a really good testament of where he's at."
"He's exceeding our expectations."
The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Boxing Day and kicks off with a potential match-up between Thomas Chabot and Colin White. Team Canada and Team USA open their tournaments against each other on December 26th in Helsinki in Finland. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the tournament.