The Ottawa Senators have signed another prospect, inking Alex Formenton to a three-year entry-level contract. Formenton was selected in the second round (47th-overall) this summer, and is actually still in training camp with the team. While nothing is set in stone yet, there is a chance he begins the year with Ottawa and could last even past the nine-game mark should he continue to show he’s ready for the next level.
Formenton’s next step really depends on Derick Brassard’s health, but it looks like he and Logan Brown could both be in the lineup on opening night this Thursday against the Washington Capitals. The young forward has made a great impression in his first training camp, after an impressive rookie season in the OHL. Formenton joined the London Knights last year after originally playing in the OJHL to maintain his college eligibility, and immediately showed off his elite speed-skill combination to score 34 points in 65 games. That was buried in a strong London lineup and playing at 17, but he clearly caught the eye of someone in Ottawa.
The 6’2″ winger has shot up the last few years but is still working to fill out his frame. He’ll might have a tough time handling NHL physicality every game, but with his game-breaking skating ability can still contribute in other ways. The team will have nine games with which to decide if he should stay the entire year and burn one season of his ELC, or send him back to the Knights to continue his development and take on a bigger role.