Without directly criticizing the New York Rangers’ decision to refuse to release Alexis Lafrenière for the World Junior Hockey Championship, Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion made it clear on Thursday that his vision is totally different in such a situation. .
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For Dorion, there was no doubt that the Senators would allow Tim Stutzle to take part in the tournament with Germany.
“Stutzle is 100% back and he will play,” Dorion said in an interview with radio station TSN 1200, of the third overall pick in the most recent draft, who is recovering from a broken arm. For us, when a player has the opportunity to live such an experience in one of the biggest tournaments in the world, it is difficult to deny the fact that a youngster can only develop by living in matches where the pressure is so great. . It will be good for him and for us, ultimately. ”
In addition to Stutzle, the Senators will have three other prospects for the next Junior Championship in Edmonton, Finland’s Roby Jarventie as well as Americans Jake Sanderson and Tyler Kleven.
Regarding the next season in the National Hockey League, Dorion is anxiously awaiting the details. Regardless of the number of players allowed in each roster and possible changes in the salary cap, the general manager says the Senators will not be hiring any more until the start of training camp.
“I think the team we have now will be the one in training camp,” he said. We’re really excited with the group of players we have. The most exciting part for us is who are the young people who will be able to carve out a job and which will have the biggest impact on our team. ”
Logan Brown: the best hope?
The Senators are indeed betting on several young people who have done well, in 2019-2020, with the Senators of Belleville, in the American League. Dorion himself listed the names of Logan Brown, Josh Norris, Drake Batherson and Vitaly Abramov among the forwards.
“We think Logan is our most talented prospect in our forward squad and it will be up to him to show he is able to keep pace in the National League,” said Dorion. We have no doubts about his talent, but he is only 22 years old and we know that a player of his size [NDLR : il mesure 6 pi 6 po] sometimes takes longer to develop. He’s on the right track and has good years to come. ”
On defense, Swede Erik Brannstrom also draws attention.
“We know that Erik will be a cornerstone for our team in the coming years,” projected the general manager. We are happy with the way he played in Europe, we are very happy with his development and progress. We can’t wait to see him at camp and possibly in training very soon. ”