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SenShot Presents: Ottawa’s Top 40 Prospects (33 to 36)


Over the next ten days, SenShot will release our Top 40 Ottawa Senators Prospects.

Today, we will bring to you another four of Ottawa’s prospects in their system. In our Top 40 Prospects ranking, these four prospects are ranked 33rd to 36th.

33. Fredrik Claesson

Position: Defenceman

Shoots: Left

Ht: 6’0″  Wt: 198 lbs

Date of Birth: November 24, 1992 (Age 18)

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Contract: Unsigned

Drafted: 2011 (5/126) by OTT

Last Yrs Stats: GP ~ 35  Goals ~ 2  Assists ~ 0  Total Points ~ 2

Potential: Top six shutdown defenceman

2011-2012 Team: Djurgarden IF (SEL)

How Far Away From The NHL: 3 – 4 yrs

  • Drafted in 2011, Claesson is a stay-at-home defenceman who can block shots and throw his weight around. With a decent shot, Claesson is not totally inept on the offensive side of the puck. As a puck-mover, Claesson keeps it simple and always goes for the easy, safe plays.
  • Claesson will spend the 2011-2012 season in Sweden with Djurgarden and may come overseas in a few years. Claesson will be in tough to make the team with so many defensive prospects ahead of him on the depth chart. Ottawa will be very patience with Claesson and give him all the time he needs to develop his game fully.
  • Check out this video of Sens scout Vaclav Burda speaking about Claesson.


34. Ryan Dzingel

Position: Center

Shoots: Left

Ht: 6’0″  Wt: 185 lbs

Date of Birth: March 09, 1992 (Age 19)

Birthplace: Wheaton, IL, USA

Contract: Unsigned

Drafted: 2011 (7/204) by OTT

Last Yrs Stats: GP ~ 54  Goals ~ 23  Assists ~ 44  Total Points ~ 67

Potential: Skilled plamaker with a good shot

2011-2012 Team: Ohio State (NCAA)

How Far Away From The NHL: 4 – 5 yrs

  • After being skipped over in his first year of draft eligibility, Ottawa picked the playmaking center in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. With good hockey sense and work ethic, Dzingel can make the players around him much better than they are. Putting up 34 goals and 93 points in 90 USHL games over his last two seasons, Dzingel has shown that he can create a lot of offensive opportunties for himself and his teammates.
  • With the plan to go to Ohio State for the next possible four years, Dzingel will get time to work on his game and round out his defensive game. He will also get time to strengthen his body as he could use a little more meat on his bones for the center position. Ottawa will leave Dzingel at Ohio State and will not rush him anytime soon. They want him to develop as much as possible before he signs with Ottawa and begins his pro career. There is only a small sample size of Dzingels work these last two seasons, so his collegiate career will be able to shed some light on to what kind of player Dzingel will develop into.
  • Check out this video of Sens scout Bob Janecyk speaking about Dzingel.


35. Brad Peltz

Position: Left Winger

Shoots: Right

Ht: 6’1″  Wt: 175 lbs

Date of Birth: October 02, 1989 (Age 21)

Birthplace: New York, NY, USA

Contract: Unsigned

Drafted: 2009 (7/190) by OTT

Last Yrs Stats: GP ~ 1  Goals ~ 1  Assists ~ 1  Total Points ~ 2

Potential: Depth offensive forward

2011-2012 Team: Yale University (ECAC)

How Far Away From The NHL: 5 yrs

  • Drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 NHL Entry draft, Peltz was considered a favor to Sens owner Egene Melnyk rather then a prospect that the organization was high on. As the son of billionaire Nelson Peltz, many think that Peltz was drafted more for his relationship between Melnyk and his father then for his talent. Adding to this theory is that Peltz did not play his entire draft year as he was forced to missed the year due to an infection.
  • Peltz spent his 2009-2010 season playing in the EJHL as he notched 19 goals 34 points in 45 games. His 2010-2011 season saw Peltz join Yale University. However, he saw little playing time as he only suited up for one game, but he did get a goal and an assist in that one game. This year, Peltz hopes to earn a bigger role with Yale and hopefully see a lot more ice.
  • As a offensive forward, Peltz has slick moves with the puck and is a pretty quick skater. Being able to put up points in the past, Peltz needs to play this year to establish what kind of player he is. A long-term project, Peltz needs a lot of work on his game if he ever hopes to make it to the NHL.
  • Check out this video of Peltz after he was drafted.


36. Corey Cowick

Position: Left Winger

Shoots: Left

Ht: 6’3″  Wt: 208 lbs

Date of Birth: August 01, 1989 (Age 22)

Birthplace: Gloucester, Ont, Canada

Contract: $611,666 (RFA in 2013-2014)

Drafted: 2009 (6/160) by OTT

Last Yrs Stats: GP ~ 30  Goals ~ 1  Assists ~ 3  Total Points ~ 4

Potential: Fourth line energy forward

2011-2012 Team: Binghamton Senators (AHL)

How Far Away From The NHL: 3 – 4 yrs

  • Cowick is your prototypical energy forward that hits everything on the ice. With a great frame, Cowick has limited offensive abilities but knows how to play his role. Finding the balance of playing on the edge, Cowick can be compared to current Sen Chris Neil. However, Cowick lacks the fighting skills of a player that plays his style of game.
  • With his first year as a pro not going as planned, Cowick spent half of the season in the ECHL with Elmira as he searched for his game. However, Cowick was promoted to the AHL B-Sens half way through the season and ended up playing 30 games and notching four points. This year, Cowick hopes to stick with Binghamton full-time and round out his game. Cowick needs to define what kind of player he is as he’s not an enforcer, but he doesn’t have the offensive tools to be an effective bottom six forward.
  • Check out this video on Cowick after he was drafted

Just as our other ranked prospects (37 – 40), all four of these prospects are projects and are long-term prospects that may, or may not ever play for the Senators. It will be a battle for any of these prospects to make it to the NHL as they will not only have play out-of-this-world to get noticed, but also out play prospects ahead of them on the depth chart. Cowick, who is the oldest prospect out of the four, is the closest to the NHL as he will be the only one suiting up for Binghamton this fall.

Check back tomorrow when we release out 29th to 32nd ranked Ottawa Senators Prospects.


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