When the faculty season ends and prime prospects begin signing, there’s normally a little bit of time for NHL golf equipment to get them into the lineup. Owen Power, Kent Johnson and Matty Beniers, as an example, all performed in a handful of video games down the stretch and now enter coaching camp realizing what it takes to compete on the subsequent degree.
That might have been the case for Ottawa Senators prospect Jake Sanderson, however sadly, a hand damage stored him on the sidelines even after signing his entry-level deal. It additionally probably stored him off the U.S. World Championship group, given he had already been chosen for the Olympics earlier within the 12 months.
Sanderson defined to reporters, including Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press, that he expects to be 100% wholesome for coaching camp as he met with media in the course of the NHLPA rookie showcase.
It’s an fascinating place the Senators discover themselves in with regard to the 20-year-old. The group already has six different defensemen signed to one-way contracts after Erik Brannstrom inked his deal Monday and older prospects like Jacob Bernard-Docker and Lassi Thomson pushing for spots. How Sanderson slots into the lineup continues to be undetermined, and there’s nonetheless the chance (nonetheless distant) that he spends a considerable period of time within the minor leagues.
The factor is Ottawa is now clearly attempting to show the nook on its rebuild after buying the likes of Claude Giroux and Alex DeBrincat, that means the most effective six needs to be within the lineup on any given night time. Sanderson must combat for these minutes, even when he does include an incredible resume from his time with the College of North Dakota. In 45 school video games, the 2020 fifth-overall decide had 41 factors, together with 10 objectives.