The Ottawa Senators have their man. The Ottawa Senators have signed defenseman Jake Sanderson to a three-year entry-level contract following a successful two-year run with the University of North Dakota.
Sanderson, 19, capped off the season with 26 points in 23 games, good for seventh among U-20 defenders in the NCAA, but with 16 fewer games played than Luke Hughes.
Sanderson also skated with the United States in both the World Junior Championship and Olympics this season, a year after winning WJC gold and the NCHC championship as a college freshman.
Sanderson should factor into Ottawa's short- and long-term plans as one of the game's top defensive prospects. He's a steady presence on the blueline that can play heavy minutes and hold his own against top-quality players. He's got the makings of a future star defenseman and a big piece of Ottawa's future.