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Top 25 Under 25, #20: Nick Paul

Top 25 Under 25, #20: Nick Paul

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via The big forward had a solid season, but still slides down a spot. 20. Nick Paul (Reader Rank: 20, Last Year: 19) Making his fifth straight appearance, Nick Paul has been a fixture on our list since he was acquired in the 2014 Jason Spezza trade. At 6’4 230lbs, he is an imposing presence on the wing, and one of the best forecheckers in the Senators’ system. That said, it’s taken Paul some time to put everything together, and he was the subject of many a question going into the 2018-2019 season. Paul suited up for 20 games in...
Aug 16, 2019
Ottawa Senators Top 25 Under 25, #21: Joel Daccord

Ottawa Senators Top 25 Under 25, #21: Joel Daccord

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports The Hobey Baker nominee has some work to do to earn his spot 21. Joel Daccord (Reader Rank: 21, Last Year: 24) While there is a lot of hype about the Swedish duo expected to guard the Belleville net next season, the Senators have also another coveted goalie in play: Joel Daccord was a seventh round pick in 2015 and made his NCAA debut in the 2016/17 season with Arizona State University (ASU). He has been on the rise since, and greatly improved his chances of winning a spot in Belleville after a stellar performance last season. He is mostly known for...
Aug 15, 2019
Top 25 Under 25, #22: Max Veronneau

Top 25 Under 25, #22: Max Veronneau

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports The newly signed college free agent is turning pro. 22. Max Veronneau (Reader Rank: 22, Last Year: N/A) While he doesn’t carry quite the same hype as a Jimmy Vesey or Samuel Girard, Max Veronneau signed with the Ottawa Senators as one of the top college free agents available this offseason. A local player, growing up in Ottawa, he spent his last four seasons playing for Princeton University, where he torched the ECAC division with fellow local talent Ryan Kuffner (who signed with the Detroit Red Wings). The dynamic duo of Veronneau and Kuffner were the...
Aug 14, 2019
Top 25 Under 25 2019, #23: Jonathan Tychonick

Top 25 Under 25 2019, #23: Jonathan Tychonick

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Our countdown picks up where it left off yesterday, with another player who’s fallen down the rankings. 23. Jonathan Tychonick (Reader Rank: 26, Last Year: 12) A year ago, Senators fans were excited for two recently drafted defencemen who were heading together to North Dakota: Jacob Bernard-Docker and Jonathan (or Jonny?) Tychonick. The two were childhood friends, and had committed to play college together. One shot left, the other shot right. Jonny T was the skilled, offensive one, while JBD was the stay-at-home big one. The former...
Aug 13, 2019
Bold Predictions: Belleville Gets Home Ice Advantage

Bold Predictions: Belleville Gets Home Ice Advantage

Jason Scourse With an injection of talent, this year is as good as any. After an exciting finish to 2018-19 that left the Belleville Senators on the outside looking in, my bold prediction is that they will not only make the playoffs but they’ll have home ice advantage as well. I know what you’re thinking, this doesn’t seem that bold. The Senators are injecting talented youth left, right and centre and are coming off a strong finish from last year with many bodies returning. But here’s the thing: The AHL is, for lack of a better term, a crapshoot. It’s hard enough for the...
Aug 13, 2019
Top 25 Under 25, #24: Filip Gustavsson

Top 25 Under 25, #24: Filip Gustavsson

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via The Swedish netminder takes a bit of a tumble down this year’s rankings 24. Filip Gustavsson (Reader Rank: 16, Last Year: 8) As we progress through our articles detailing this year’s Top 25 Under 25 rankings, one of the recurring themes will be just how deep the Sens’ system is. In another year, or in another organization, Filip Gustavsson might not have taken so dramatic a tumble down the rankings. This might also be the case of a temporary dip, the readers have him much higher than the staff for instance, and goalie prospects are...
Aug 12, 2019
Top 25 Under 25, #25: Shane Pinto

Top 25 Under 25, #25: Shane Pinto

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via The 2019 second-round pick kicks off our annual list 25. Shane Pinto (Reader Rank: 23, Last Year: N/A) In any other year that I can remember, a player of Pinto’s pedigree would’ve been ranked higher than where we have him. But as you’ll see, dear reader, this isn’t your average year. Silver Seven’s Top 25 Under 25 is an annual ranking of Sens players under the age of 25, and has been one of our regular features that readers look forward to the most. You can see past rankings here [2015, 2016, 2017, 2018], and I referenced...
Aug 10, 2019
Weekly Question: What’s your bold prediction?

Weekly Question: What’s your bold prediction?

Will Nick Paul lead the league in GWGs? You tell us! | Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via You’ve seen some of ours — now it’s your turn! You’ve seen some of our bold predictions this week. Now it’s your turn — let us know your Senators-related bold predictions for the 2019-20 season! Drop them in the comments, and let’s have some fun imagining what could happen this season. A couple of caveats: Make them bold! “Erik Brannstrom will score his first NHL goal” isn’t a bold prediction. Vegas might give you better odds on that happening than on it not...
Aug 9, 2019
Looking back: 2014’s Top 25 Under 25

Looking back: 2014’s Top 25 Under 25

Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via As we get set to introduce 2019’s list of young talent in the Sens organization, let’s see how we did in 2014. With our annual Top 25 Under 25 series about to begin, let’s look back on Silver Seven’s rankings from five years ago for perspective. There’s a lot to keep in mind. B_T, Ross, NKB, and I are the only staff members who were around for this set of voting. The late Bryan Murray was also still at the helm until he stepped down on April 10th, 2016, when he was replaced by current general manager, Pierre Dorion. The team has also gone...
Aug 9, 2019
Bold Predictions: Melnyk Will Sell the Sens in the Next Year

Bold Predictions: Melnyk Will Sell the Sens in the Next Year

Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Will it just happen already? If this is your first time reading our Bold Predictions series, this week we’re going over predictions that are probably not going to come true, but would make us look smart if it ends up happening. While it’d be nice to see Logan Brown score 60 points, Josh Norris to make the opening night roster, or Erik Brannstrom take on a full-time NHL role, I feel comfortable in saying my bold prediction is the biggest wish for almost any Sens fan: a team sale. It’s not often that a team owner becomes a household name around...
Aug 8, 2019
Bold Prediction: Brannstrom Plays More Than 30 Games In Ottawa

Bold Prediction: Brannstrom Plays More Than 30 Games In Ottawa

Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via If he’s to follow in the footsteps of the great Swede, now is the time The pain of trading away Mark Stone will never really go away but sometimes a consolation prize makes that pain softer. In our case, that prize was top prospect Erik Brannstrom, who scored 32 points in 50 games played in the AHL in the past season. Erik Brannstrom is touted as a speedy and smart two-way defenseman who all fans have every reason to be excited about. Golden Knights fans were extremely reluctant to give him up in a rumoured trade for Karlsson and some were...
Aug 7, 2019
Bold Predictions: Norris Makes Opening Night

Bold Predictions: Norris Makes Opening Night

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via The dynamic centre will be the shock of the season. Let’s be honest, these predictions probably aren’t going to come true. But we’ll look so damn cool if they do. Acquired from the San Jose Sharks in the Erik Karlsson trade, Josh Norris is a sensationally talented hockey player. A member of the Michigan Wolverines, he’s so fast, and his skill with the puck on his stick is second to few NHL prospects. Norris also took a step forward this year, solidifying himself as a top two-way NCAA forward. If you need any more proof, check out...
Aug 5, 2019
Bold Predictions: Brown will score 60 this season

Bold Predictions: Brown will score 60 this season

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via The oft-injured center will put it all together in the NHL It’s the doldrums of summer — the picks have been drafted, the free agents have (mostly) been signed, and hockey news has crawled to a standstill. So to keep you entertained through this quiet time, we’ve decided to do a bold predictions series. Writers will pick something that most likely won’t happen, and argue why it absolutely will happen. Tell us why you agree or disagree in the comments, just remember these are all for fun. Unless they come true — then they were...
Aug 3, 2019
20 in 2020: An Early Look at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft (#11-20)

20 in 2020: An Early Look at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft (#11-20)

Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/ Part two of our super early preview of the 2020 draft. Welcome back to part two of our super early look at the top 20 prospects in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. If you missed part one yesterday you can find it here, where we profiled players #1-10. Today we look at #11-20. This ranking is based on the consolidated rankings of over 20 public sources — the entire list can be found here. Let’s jump back in! 11: Dylan Holloway (LW) The AJHL has long been a place where you were unlikely to see top prospects. Since Cale Makar played there in 2017, however, the league...
Aug 2, 2019
Reader Voting: Top 25 Under 25

Reader Voting: Top 25 Under 25

Is Colin White the second-best player under 25? Is he even in the top 10? Help us decide! | Photo by Sara Schmidle/NHLI via It’s the most wonderful time of the year It’s that time of year again - the middle of summer, when hockey news has slowed to a complete crawl. You may have noticed things get quieter around here, as UFA signings, trades, and other transactions have been slowing down. Which brings us to our annual summer series — the Top 25 Under 25! This year’s list is going to be interesting, with a lot of prospects in the system, a few players shipped out over the last...