Top Prospects For Ottawa Senators

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TORONTO — Kurt Kleinendorst anticipated the question even before it was asked.

“I know at some point there’s going to be a question about (Thomas) Chabot,” the Ottawa Senators’ minor-league coach said at the team’s rookie tournament. “We know Chabot’s a good player. We know at some point he’s going to get to the NHL. At the same time I don’t think it’s fair to him to keep throwing these high, high, high expectations on him.”

The fact that the Senators are already in damage control concerning their prized prospect is a bit premature, but it’s also a nice problem to have.

It means Chabot, who was drafted 18th overall in 2015, is not your run of the mill rookie. Far from it. He’s not only expected to make the club’s roster this year, but, with Marc Methot gone and Erik Karlsson potentially starting the season on the injured list, he might also get a chance to make a serious impact and challenge for the Calder Trophy as the National Hockey League’s top rookie.

Best of all, Chabot is not alone.

While The Hockey News ranked the 20-year-old defenceman as the No. 3-overall NHL prospect in its latest Future Watch magazine, Senators forwards Colin White (12th) and Logan Brown (14th) were also ranked in the top-15. The last time the Senators had something like this to be excited about was when Mika Zibanejad, Jakob Silfverberg and Patrick Wiercioch entered the league in 2012.

For a team that was one win away from defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins and reaching the Stanley Cup final last spring, it bodes well for the immediate and long-term future.

“We were talking about it last night. It’s a good group of guys here,” saidBrown, who was selected 11th overall in 2016. “Just in the skates before coming here, guys were saying they’ve never seen a rookie camp like this. Usually there’s a bunch of fillers, but now there’s a whole crop of guys who are really talented and have a chance to play in the NHL one day.”

It’s easy — and maybe a tad unfair — to look at Ottawa’s trio of prospects and compare them to what the Toronto Maple Leafs had a year ago in Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander. After all, Matthews was a No. 1 overall pick and at this time last year Nylander and Marner were ranked as the No. 2 and No. 3 best prospects in the NHL. However, the success of the Leafs’ rookies, which also included Connor Brown, Nikita Zaitsev and Zach Hyman, is not lost on the Senators’ wave of youngsters.

“A bunch of those young guys came in and made an impact right away,” White, who was drafted 21st overall in 2015, said of Toronto’s youngsters. “They made the playoffs last year, which was great for them. I think we have an older team now, but there’s so many young guys coming up and it’s an exciting future for Ottawa.”

Said Chabot: “Any players that get into the NHL on a team, they want to help the team to win, they want to make an impact. If I have a chance to play with the Ottawa Senators this year, I want to get on the team and help the team to win and make a good impact on them.”

At one time, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Nikita Filatov, the Vancouver Canucks’ Cody Hodgson and the Florida Panthers’ Jacob Markstrom were considered the NHL’s top three prospects. So things can change.

For now, the Senators are trying to limit expectations. Kleinendorst joked that Chabot already had enough pressure on him that he didn’t need his coach to “stand up here and talk about how I just found the next God.” At the same time, the hype is not exactly hyperbole.

Chabot, the first defenceman to be named MVP of the world junior championship in January, was also named the most valuable player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season.

White is also coming off a banner year in which he scored seven goals in seven games to help the United States win world-junior gold, while Brown won a Memorial Cup with the Windsor Spitfires.

There’s legitimate talent there. It’s just a matter of when and how it materializes at the NHL level.

“One year can make a big difference in our world,” Kleinendorst said. “A lot of organizations — in fact most at some point — run through cycles and I just feel our cycle is starting to come back a little bit. Some of the players we have are definitely going to, at some point, find their way to the NHL. That’s very exciting.

“It’s just a matter of when he gets there. Is it this year? It might be. Or, if it’s next year, (Chabot) will probably play in the NHL for a long time when that day comes.”

Colin White is seen here during the Senators development camp in late June. Wayne Cuddington/ Postmedia Wayne Cuddington / Ottawa Citizen

Senators rookies blast Canadiens

Chabot did not score a goal, but his playmaking skills were on full display as he collected two assists in the Senators’ 8-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in NHL rookie tournament play on Saturday night.

“It’s always great to have the chance to start here, it gets you going for the main camp,” Chabot said. “I’m ready for the jump. They know what I can do on the ice. But they want to see if I can play at both ends of the ice. That’s what I’m focusing on.”

Ottawa received goals from eight different players, including Brown, who also had an assist.

“What we try to do as a staff is allow our guys to be who they are,” Kleinendorst said. “We just want these guys to come out and be more free and play up to their potential so that we give them a fair shot of being evaluated.”

— Michael Traikos

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