The Ottawa Senators remain confident that Saint John Sea Dogs defenceman Thomas Chabot is NHL ready.
In an interview with TSN Radio in Ottawa last week, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said "Thomas Chabot is ready to play in the NHL right now."
Dorion made similar remarks in the Ottawa Citizen last week.PIerre Dorion this morning on @TSN1200, in a chuckling tone that left zero doubt, "Thomas Chabot is ready to play in the NHL right now." pic.twitter.com/Xk5U4uullF— Steve Warne™ (@TSNSteve) July 7, 2017
The 20-year-old attended the Senators development camp last weekend.Sure sounds like Dorion and Boucher expect Thomas Chabot to be in the line up next year. #Sens https://t.co/z3wJCBME89 pic.twitter.com/qBZmaTtYzA— SensChirp (@SensChirp) July 2, 2017
Chabot was labelled one of the best players not playing in the NHL for much of the second half of the 2016-17 season. He started last year in Ottawa, appearing in just one game before being assigned back to Saint John.
His time in the QMJHL is definitely over, so it'll be the NHL or the AHL's Belleville Senators for Chabot in 2017-18.
His 2016-17 resume includes a QMJHL championship, world junior silver medal, QMJHL defenceman of the year, QMJHL playoff MVP, top defenceman at the world juniors and world junior MVP.