The Ottawa Senators are giving another young player his first NHL opportunity, this time recalling Jonathan Davidsson from the minor leagues to play tonight. In other moves, Colin White has been assigned to the Belleville Senators on a conditioning assignment as he continues to recover and is expected to play Friday for the AHL squad. Rudolfs Balcers is also back on the ice, though still wearing a non-contact sweater.
Davidsson, 21, was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets last season as part of the Matt Duchene trade and though he doesn’t have the same hype as some of the other prospects they’ve received recently, he also shouldn’t be overlooked.
A sixth-round pick out of Sweden in 2017, Davidsson exploded in the season after his draft, recording 31 points in 52 games as a full-time player in the SHL. He followed that up with 21 points in 37 games last season for Djurgardens, and is now in his first year of professional hockey in North America.
Despite playing in Sweden last year, Davidsson actually signed his entry-level contract with Columbus in 2018—when he appeared to have a chance of making the NHL with the Blue Jackets—meaning he will be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2021 regardless of how much he plays with the Senators. An excellent skater with some sneaky puck skills, he’s another part of the wave of talent Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion is so excited about.