Ahead of their game against the Anaheim Ducks this evening, the Ottawa Senators have recalled Rourke Chartier from the AHL. The minor league veteran is in the midst of a career year, and will get a chance to continue that level of play with Ottawa (while getting at least a few days of NHL pay).
Chartier, 26, hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2018-19 season when he suited up 13 times for the San Jose Sharks. There was no denying that he earned a call-up this time though, after scoring 14 goals in 24 games with the Belleville Senators.
Still, it is a bit surprising that the team went with a minor league veteran instead of giving an opportunity to one of their young prospects. That likely shows how desperate head coach D.J. Smith is for some consistency and structure, as he tries to turn things around. Ottawa beat the Predators on Saturday but are still just 5-4-1 in their last ten and can’t seem to catch anyone in the Atlantic Division.
Chartier scored one goal in his 13-game stint with San Jose, meaning he’ll be trying for just his second NHL point if he does get into the lineup.