Senators general manager Pierre Dorion issued the following statement regarding the signing:
Djibril’s growth over the last two years has been remarkable. He’s come a long way, from playing in the CCHL as recently as two seasons ago, to earn this contract. He’s a rangy defender who skates well and who has shown consistent improvement in his game.
This signing is an intriguing one, especially given that Touré has only one season of OHL hockey under his belt. Ranked 178th by NHL Central Scouting for the 2023 draft, Touré went undrafted in the 2023 process. Touré is clearly a player the Senators have been tracking, though, and after an impressive showing with the Senators in the prospect tournament in Buffalo he earns his entry-level deal.
The biggest reason as to why Touré is an intriguing player is undoubtedly his size. Touré stands six-foot-seven, and as a result has the type of reach and overpowering physical ability that can make life miserable for opposing attackers. He also is quite a bit more mobile than one might expect of someone his size, and Touré’s skating is at times genuinely impressive.
While he didn’t put up a ton of offense in his lone season for the Sudbury Wolves (16 points in 57 games) Touré’s abilities in his own end should give him a chance to succeed as a professional.
With this entry-level deal in hand, he’ll be able to take the ice for the Belleville Senators in the AHL this fall. He’ll look to continue to develop his game with an eye on eventually making a push for an NHL call-up.