Ottawa Senators Training Camp Split Into Two Groups

OTTAWA, ON - SEPTEMBER 18: Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot (72) skates around during warm-up before National Hockey League preseason action between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators on September 18, 2017, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - SEPTEMBER 18: Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot (72) skates around during warm-up before National Hockey League preseason action between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators on September 18, 2017, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Training Camp is a time for the Ottawa Senators to determine which players make the NHL and which don’t. As camp goes on longer more players are cut until only the roster players remain. Now the Ottawa Senators are getting close to determining which players will stay with the big club.

The Ottawa Senators are believed to have split their training camp roster into two groups, groups A and B. Group A is reserved for players on one way contracts and players guaranteed to make the NHL roster. Group B is filled with players that are expected to play either in Belleville to start the season or with their junior teams. However, there are some interesting names that have been kept in group A.

With group A filled with the NHL players there are four notable names that have stuck in group A, Thomas Chabot, Logan Brown, Filip Chlapik, and Alex Formenton. All of these players have had great camps thus far and are making serious pushes for roster spots.

Thomas Chabot

Thomas Chabot is the least surprising to be on this list. He’s the team’s best prospect and is widely expected to make the NHL this season, especially with the injury to Erik Karlsson. However, the other three players are far more surprising.

Logan Brown And Filip Chlapik

Logan Brown and Filip Chlapik were both players coming into camp that had an outside shot of making the team. However, it was more expected that they would need a little longer to develop in the AHL and junior. However, with injuries to Derick Brassard, Clarke MacArthur and now Colin White, more spots are opening up at forward. These two have been the most exciting part about training camp because of their rapid progression. It wasn’t expected that they would be at this level this quickly and Sens’ management is clearly optimistic about them.

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Alex Formenton

The most surprising player to be on this list is Alex Formenton. He was a 2nd round pick just a few months ago, yet he already has a chance at an NHL roster spot. Odds are he will be sent back to junior, but the fact that he’s still practicing with the big club shows that the Ottawa Senators are very optimistic about this young player. If nothing else, training camp has shown that the Sens are much deeper than was initially thought.