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Ottawa Senators News & Rumors: Pinto, Chabot, Hogberg, COVID-19 Positive Tests

With the NHL regular season currently suspended, obviously there’s no on-ice news emerging from any of the teams. However, there still is news coming from each organization and one time each week – at least that’s our plan here at NHLTradeTalk.com – we will do a review of news that’s emerging from each team.

In today’s post, I will review news coming from the Ottawa Senators organization. There’s some good news for the team; however, sadly, there’s also some bad news.

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Item One: Congratulations to Shane Pinto for Winning the NCAA Rookie of the Year

Shane Pinto has been named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Rookie of the Year. Playing for the University of North Dakota for the 2019-20 collegiate season, Pinto scored 16 goals and 28 points in 33 games. Interestingly, the Vancouver Canucks Brock Boeser was the only other UND player to win that award, and he’s done well at the NHL level.

The Senators chose Pinto during the second round (32nd overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft. Congratulations to him and wishing him good luck as he furthers his career. 

Item Two: Thomas Chabot Led the NHL in Average Ice Time

To say that Thomas Chabot was a workhorse would be an understatement. With the league on shutdown, right now Chabot leads the entire NHL in average time on the ice per game – averaging over 26 minutes each game.

He’s obviously one of the Senators’ core players, and the team will be built around him. Last season he scored 14 goals and had 55 points in 70 games; however, this season he’s only scored six goals and 39 points during the 71 games he’s played.

The 23-year-old Chabot will remain the number one defenseman for the Senators. It will interesting to see what happens to his offensive production when the Senators team improves over the next few seasons. Currently, the team is in the midst of a rebuild.

Item Three: Marcus Hogberg’s Father Passed Away

We are sad to announce that Marcus Hogberg’s father recently died after losing a battle to cancer. When Hogberg took time off earlier in March for “personal reasons” and returned to Sweden it was to visit his ill father.

Here at NHLTradeTalk.com, we send our best wishes and condolences to the 25-year-old goalie and his family. On the ice this season, Hogberg played far better than his record, which ended up at 5-8-8 this season with a goals-against-average of 3.12 and a .904 save percentage.

Related: Ottawa Senators’ Shane Pinto After a Great Season at the University of North Dakota

Item Four: Senators Broadcaster Gord Wilson Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

In other sad news, Senators broadcaster Gord Wilson tested positive for the coronavirus. The report is that Wilson is at home in self-isolation. He’s not the first member of the Senators organization who has tested positive but players have remained unnamed – as it most team’s policy.

Wilson tweeted the other day to thank well-wishers and encourage others to say home and stay healthy.

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