The Ottawa Senators have reached a deal with another of their young prospects, agreeing to a three-year entry-level deal with Curtis Lazar.
Lazar, 18, was the club’s first-round selection (17th overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
The WHL Edmonton standout led the team in goals last season (38) and paced the Oil Kings to the league final, where they lost to Portland.
Lazar has been with the Senators in training camp, but missed some time to an upper-body injury.
The club reports he may make his preseason debut on Thursday when Ottawa hosts the Maple Leafs. That said, he’s a longshot to make the big club this year and seems destined to return to the Oil Kings — though the Sens might keep him around for a nine-game audition before sending him back to junior.
Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.
Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.
While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.
Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.
It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.
“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”
Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.
Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.
Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.
“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”