11:12 AM EDT, Fri August 17, 2018
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Top 25 Under 25, #16: Gabriel Gagne

Top 25 Under 25, #16: Gabriel Gagne

Belleville’s AHL All Star joins the list at #16 Belleville’s leading goal scorer, Gabriel Gagné, comes in at the 16th spot in this year’s rankings. Jumping two spots from last year, Gagné put to bed a few of the worries that his rookie pro year brought to light. Two seasons ago, Gagné amassed six points across 42 games in the AHL and spent 19 games in the ECHL. It wasn’t a fantastic way to kick off his pro career. Many were questioning why the Ottawa Senators traded up to select Gagné 36th overall in 2015 - some still are. After a poor rookie season, Gagne came into his...
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Top 25 Under 25, #17: Maxime Lajoie

Top 25 Under 25, #17: Maxime Lajoie

The smooth skating defenseman looks to build on a decent rookie season with the Belleville Senators 17. Maxime Lajoie (Reader Rank: 20, Last Year: 15) Falling two spots from last year, Maxime Lajoie is the third pivot profiled so far in this year’s top 25 under 25. While still technically qualified to return to the WHL, the Senators 133rd selection from the 2016 draft spent his first full season in the AHL last year. Lajoie’s biggest strength is mobility, with and without the puck. He is often described as a smooth skating player who can turn quickly on his edges and uses his mobility...
Aug 15, 2018
Top 25 Under 25, #18: Ben Harpur

Top 25 Under 25, #18: Ben Harpur

The player with the second-most NHL games only makes it to 18 #18. Ben Harpur (Reader rank: 15, Last year: 7) Ben Harpur has 52 NHL regular season games played and 9 NHL playoff games, which are both good enough for second on this list. After paying his dues with 129 AHL games and four ECHL games, he received a two-year, one-way contract with a $725k cap hit. All of these sound like positives, but both readers and writers on this site were in agreement that he’s not a top-10 young player on this team. It seems that the organization’s perception of Harpur is different from the...
Aug 14, 2018
Top 25 Under 25 #19: Nick Paul

Top 25 Under 25 #19: Nick Paul

The 23-year-old power forward makes his fourth straight appearance in our annual list No. 19: Nick Paul (Reader Rank: 19, Last Year: 11) Ah, remember the Spezza trade? Simpler times. Four years later, the only remaining piece is 23-year-old Nick Paul, who is certainly not Jason Spezza but will most likely turn out to be a decent power forward with a bit more time to develop. The clock is ticking, though, and Paul has been in this organization for a long time without managing to secure a consistent spot in Ottawa. As previous T25U25 posts have explained in much more detail, Paul was a bit of...
Aug 13, 2018
Brady Tkachuk Signs His ELC

Brady Tkachuk Signs His ELC

With pen put to paper, Tkachuk’s NCAA career is at an end Probably the best bit of news we’ve had so far this summer, the Ottawa Senators have signed Brady Tkachuk to his entry-level contract. Tkachuk scored 8 goals and 23 assists in his 40 NCAA games for Boston University last season. That was good for 5th on the team for goals, 1st for assists and 4th for points as the only 17 year old on the roster. It’s a three year contract (determined by the CBA), worth $925,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL. Ottawa and Belleville aren’t the only options for where he could end up, though....
Aug 13, 2018
Top 25 Under 25, #20: Markus Nurmi

Top 25 Under 25, #20: Markus Nurmi

The Finnish forward is up three spots after a strong season with TPS and his national team 20. Markus Nurmi (Reader Rank: 22, Last Year: 23) In his first full year playing in Finland’s top league, Markus Nurmi showed steady growth in all aspects of his game. Always thought of as a long-term project with a bottom-six projection and little offensive upside, Nurmi produced in a tough league for juniors to get ice-time while maintaining his steady, defensively responsible style of play. He started the year off slow, with two goals and two assists in his first 15 games, but finished on a run...
Aug 10, 2018
Top 25 Under 25, #21: Francis Perron

Top 25 Under 25, #21: Francis Perron

The skilled playmaking forward from Laval enters his biggest season yet 21. Francis Perron (Reader Rank: 23, Last Year: 8) Ranked by all but one of us in the 20s, Perron has had quite the fall from grace. Our eighth ranked prospect from last year, a combination of an injury-riddled season and the addition of other quality prospects has led to a significant drop in our rankings for a player who was once considered a can’t miss prospect. Perron earned that status by improving his point totals with Rouyn-Noranda year after year, going from 18 points to 55 in his draft year, and then jumping...
Aug 9, 2018
Top 25 Under 25, #22: Jonathan Gruden

Top 25 Under 25, #22: Jonathan Gruden

The Sens’ 2018 fourth round pick makes his debut in the T25U25. 22. Jonathan Gruden (Reader Rank: 25, Last Year: N/A) The 2018 draft saw the Ottawa Senators lean heavily towards NCAA talent, led by Brady Tkachuk 4th overall and a pair of North Dakota-bound defencemen. Two rounds later, the Sens called the name of winger Jonathan Gruden, selecting him 95th overall. Gruden comes with a bit of a Sens connection. His father, also named John Gruden (not Raiders football coach), played 22 games for Ottawa from 1998 to 2000 as a defenceman, and will make his NHL coaching debut next season as an...
Aug 8, 2018
Top 25 Under 25 #23: Andeas Englund

Top 25 Under 25 #23: Andeas Englund

The Swedish defenseman drops 10 spots this year No. 23: Andreas Englund (Reader rank: 17, Last year: 13) 22 year old Andreas Englund has been one of the top prospects in the Senators’ organization ever since being drafted out of Sweden in 2014. He debuted at #20 in our 2014 Top 25 Under 25 ranking, and has steadily risen in the ranks ever since. Most fans expected him to continue to improve in 2017-18, hopefully taking on a bigger role with the Belleville Senators and getting to play a few games in the NHL. Unfortunately, this past season was a somewhat disappointing one for Englund....
Aug 7, 2018
Top 25 Under 25, #24: Joel Daccord

Top 25 Under 25, #24: Joel Daccord

Daccord makes his first appearance on our coveted list after a strong season at Arizona State 24. Joel Daccord (Reader Rank: 29, Last Year: N/A) With the addition of Filip Gustavsson through trade and Kevin Mandolese by way of draft pick, Daccord’s position in the Sens’ organizational depth chart is muddled at best. He’s not one of the best options in the system, but with a couple years of collegiate play under his belt, he’s less of an unknown compared to Mandolese and Medicine Hat’s Jordan Hollett. Organizational changes are something that Daccord has very little control over....
Aug 6, 2018
Top 25 Under 25, #25: Parker Kelly

Top 25 Under 25, #25: Parker Kelly

The 19-year-old undrafted prospect kicks off our list 25. Parker Kelly (Reader Rank: 24, Last Year: N/A) We kick things off on this year’s Top 25 Under 25 with a man with the same curse as myself: a first name that sounds like a last name to go along with a last name that sounds like a first name. It’s yet another way in which I think of him as an underdog beating the odds to be a pro hockey player. Kelly scored 43 points in 72 games for the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders in 2016-17, with a strong second-half of the season (29 points in the final 30 games) putting him at 192 on the...
Aug 3, 2018
Ceci Awarded One Year Deal in Arbitration

Ceci Awarded One Year Deal in Arbitration

Ottawa Senators pivot Cody Ceci was awarded a one year deal worth $4.3M in arbitration Leading up to Cody Ceci’s arbitration hearing, we didn’t have a true sense of where the two sides were at, other than their respective asks. On the side of the player, Ceci was looking for $6 million while the Senators started their negotiation with $3.35 million. The only thing that was certain was the term. Following Ceci’s arbitration hearing on Wednesday, the player came out with a one year deal worth $4.3 million. One of the more polarizing players in franchise history when it comes to the...
Aug 3, 2018
Mark Stone Extended

Mark Stone Extended

Senators and Stone agree on a 1-year deal worth $7.35M The aftermath of the terrible 2017/2018 Ottawa Senators season continues to gift us with decisions that make absolutely no sense. A few days ago, it was reported that Mark Stone was headed to arbitration after the Sens offered him $5M to counter his $9M ask. Not agreeing on the value of Cody Ceci to the team is understandable but waiting this long to sign Mark Stone to a long-term contract is bizarre and the decision to sign him to only a one year contract is absolutely flabbergasting. Stone’s ask of $9M was seen as high by many (non...
Aug 1, 2018
$4m Gap Between Sens and Stone in Arbitration

$4m Gap Between Sens and Stone in Arbitration

Sens have submitted a $5m position, Stone’s camp $9m With two days to go before their arbitration hearing, the Ottawa Senators and Mark Stone have submitted their information this morning, and like clockwork the details of the submitted salary requests came out shortly after. Arbitration for Mark Stone (OTT): team offer, $5M. Player ask, $9M. This could be a record case.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 1, 2018 The Senators opener of $5m provides a small raise over Stone’s $4.5m actual salary last season, unlike their “no raise” position on Ceci. Stone’s position of...
Jul 30, 2018
Cody Ceci Headed to Arbitration

Cody Ceci Headed to Arbitration

Senators offer $3.35M vs Ceci’s ask of $6M It has been extremely quiet on the Sens front lately and while many are still wondering what is going on with the Karlsson trade/extension status, the extensions of Cody Ceci and Mark Stone have been important issues lingering on every fan’s mind. While we are still awaiting news on Mark Stone’s extension status, today we got news via Elliotte Friedman that Cody Ceci will be heading to arbitration after the team offered him $3.35M (which was his qualifying offer). With the way the Sens have been overvaluing Ceci, I am honestly surprised their...