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Silver Seven: Senators Re-Sign D Cody Goloubef, Stefan Elliott Signs in KHL
The Ottawa Senators have re-signed defenceman Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal is worth $700K at the NHL level, and $425K in Belleville.
Acquired from the Boston Bruins for Paul Carey on January 11th, the Canadian Olympic Bronze Medalist only suited up for five games in Ottawa this season, but turned in a solid AHL performance. Goloubef tallied 12 points, and a +15 rating in 30 games with the B-Sens, helping them on their improbable run that fell just short of a playoff appearance.
The deal provides Ottawa with some much-needed depth, as right-shot defenceman are few and far between in the organization.
Silver Seven: Sens' Development Camp Kicks Off
With the draft now firmly behind us, the Sens' annual Development Camp is the last on-ice event before the summer well and truly begins. This year's camp runs from Tuesday the 25th through to Saturday the 29th and will feature 44 players, 20 of which are Senators prospects already with the organization. Drake Batherson, Erik Brannstrom, Logan Brown, Rudolfs Balcers, and Alex Formenton will be joined by all six of the 2019 draft picks. Brady Tkachuk, who famously made the big team right out of training camp last year, will not be participating in any of the on-ice activities.
Silver Seven: Senators Select Thomson at #19
At Rogers Arena in Vancouver, the Ottawa Senators kicked off the summer by selecting Finnish defenseman Lassi Thomson with the 19th overall pick in the NHL Draft.
Thomson, 18, spent this past season playing the right side on the Kelowna Rockets' blueline - scoring 17 goals and 41 points in 63 games. The 6-foot defender is slated to join Ives in Finland to play pro hockey next season.
Through Colin's DRAFT DAY: Expected Pick Range work, Thomson was expected to go 37th. Thomson is described as a puck-moving defenseman with skill who moves well around the ice.
Silver Seven: Senators select forward Shane Pinto 32nd overall
The Ottawa Senators opened up the second round of the NHL draft by picking forward Shane Pinto 32nd overall. The 6'2", 192-lb centre split time between the Lincoln Stars and Tri-City Storm of the USHL this past season, totalling 59 points in 56 regular season games, and nine points in six playoff games. He's committed to University of North Dakota for the fall. Four UND forwards signed pro contracts this past season, so he should have a chance to succeed on a team that's won a championship as recently as 2016.
The scouting reports on Pinto say he's primarily a shooter, with both a good wrist shot and a solid one-timer.
Silver Seven: Sens draft Viktor Lodin with 94th Pick
The Ottawa Senators continued their unconventional approach to the 2019 draft with the selection of Viktor Lodin 94th overall. Lodin just turned 20 on June 2nd, and posted 5 points in 41 games for Oreboro in the Swedish Elite League. The 6'2 forward is listed as a Centre/Left winger on Elite Prospects.
If you can't find much by the way of additional information about Lodin, it's because there's not not much to find. Our own Colin Cudmore compiled a list of draft eligible players as ranked by sixty different sources, and:
It's hard to know what to make of this pick besides the fact that he seems to have been completely off the radar for virtually everyone else.
Silver Seven: Sens select Maxence Guenette at 187th overall
The Ottawa Senators have selected right hand defenseman Maxence Guenette for their final selection in the 2019 NHL draft.
Maxence Guenette is 6'1, hailing from Val D'Or of the QMJHL. During the 2018/2019 season, he scored 32 points (8 goals, 24 assists) in 68 games played. In a draft where the Sens have seemed to have reached in most their picks, Guenette was actually ranked 57th among North American skaters from the QMJHL; so maybe he'll surprise us all one day.
You can never have enough defensemen in the organization considering the long development time required and the limited amount of players who truly make an impact.
Fansided: Ottawa Senators surprise everyone with Shane Pinto selection
Shane Pinto became the first player selected on Day Two of the 2019 NHL Draft, with the Ottawa Senators deciding to stick with their selection amidst plenty of interest around the league.
With players such as Arthur Kaliyev, Raphael Lavoie and Bobby Brink still available, the decision to pick Pinto is one that has surprised and shocked many.
By all account, Pinto has had a solid draft year playing in the USHL - splitting the season between the Lincoln Stars and Tri-City Storm.
In 56 combined regular season games, Pinto scored 28 goals and had 59 total points - adding a further four goals and nine total points in six playoff games with the Storm.
Silver Seven: Senators trade up, select Mads Sogaard 37th overall
The Sens saw a player they really wanted to get, and decided to trade up to do it. Dorion and co. sent pick #44 and pick #83 (acquired from Vegas in the Derick Brassard swap) to the Carolina Hurricanes for Danish netminder Mads Sogaard.
Sogaard stands at 6-foot-7, 200 pounds and finished fifth in save percentage (92.1%) among goalies in the WHL this season. Thought of as in the competition for the second-best goalie in the draft after Spencer Knight, Sogaard stole the starting job from Jordan Hollett in his rookie year with Medicine Hat.
Amateur scout Bob Strumm talks about the Ottawa Senators 19th pick Lassi Thomson. #NHLDraft https://t.co/OodfYOsISP
Go behind the scenes during round 1 of the #NHLDraft as the #Sens select Lassi Thomson 19th overall. https://t.co/VatNM2e2oP
Fansided: Ottawa Senators land a top defensive prospect in Lassi Thomson
Lassi Thomson joins an Ottawa Senators organisation that is looking to rebuild from the blueline, with new head coach D.J. Smith getting another top prospect to work with over the coming seasons.
The Senators already have the likes of Thomas Chabot, Christian Wolanin and Dylan DeMelo that have impressed, but now have Thomson alongside Erik Brannstrom as future pieces that look set to become regular NHL players.
Prior to his draft year, Thomson spent his entire playing career in his native Finland, working his way through the age groups of Ilves in his hometown of Tampere - during which time he represented his country at their gold medal-winning Under-18 World Junior Championship campaign in 2017/18.
Fansided: Arthur Kaliyev there for the taking for the Ottawa Senators
Arthur Kaliyev was one of the highest rated players entering the draft weekend and somehow he is still available when the Ottawa Senators selected 32nd overall on Day Two.
Kaliyev's draft rankings were largely spread out, being ranked as high as 13th overall by some scouts and as low as 34th overall by HockeyProspect.com.
With the 17-year-old American falling out of the first round, the Ottawa Senators have an opportunity to land a legitimate game-changing prospect in the second round, with Kaliyev a proven goalscorer in juniors.
Over two seasons with the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs, Kaliyev totalled 82 goals - with 51 of them coming in his most recent campaign, seeing him top 102 total points after adding another 51 assists in 67 regular season games.
RT @NHL: Newest member of the @Senators, Lassi Thomson! #NHLDraft https://t.co/QiWejgQx3N