7. Filip Chlapik
Last season stats (Charlottetown Islanders, QMJHL): 57 GP, 34 G, 57 A, 91 P, 98 PIM.
Playoff stats: 13 PGP, 5 G, 14 A, 19 P, 27 PIM.
Chlapik put up 91 points in 57 QMJHL games. That’s a lot of points and he was a year younger than Francis Perron when he did it. He’ll also be joining the Belleville Senators this year, which will provide them with a good young center. With Logan Brown stuck in the OHL for another year, Chlapik might be the best young center in the AHL for the Senators.
He’ll get a chance at first line minutes this year, and will look to keep that spot. His playmaking ability alone might be enough to keep him there. Filip Chlapik will get a shot at an NHL depth center spot in a few years.
6. Logan Brown
Last season stats (Windsor Spitfires, OHL): 35 GP, 14 G, 26 A, 40 P, 27 PIM.
Postseason stats: 7 PGP, 0 G, 4 A, 4 P, 6 PIM.
In an injury shortened season, Logan Brown was still over a point per game. It will be interesting to see how the center can bounce back from the injury. If he does it well enough in the OHL this season, expect Brown to be given a shot at the NHL either at the end of this year or the beginning of the next.
Brown is a physical player, as one would probably be with a 6-foot-6, 220 pound frame, and can play a two-way game. He can be the ultimate net front presence but also has an excellent shot. He can use his frame to block shots, and can also make plays. And he’s strong enough to not lose the puck easily. Brown has a strong case as a future center of the Senators.
5. Nick Paul
Last season stats (Binghamton Senators, AHL): 72 GP, 15 G, 22 A, 37 P, 30 PIM.
Nick Paul has been developing for a few years more than a lot of other guys on this list. He’s been given two NHL chances, and will likely be given another. If he can’t stick this time, then it may be time to think about moving on.
His first chance with the Ottawa Senators two years ago, he scored 5 points in 24 games. Paul at best might be a depth weapon, but depth scoring has never done a team harm. With MacArthur potentially retiring, Paul might get an elongated shot at the NHL.