GARRIOCH: After signing with the senators, Tyler Boucher could head to 67

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Tyler Boucher is dropping out of school and could be playing in the backyard for the Ottawa Senators.

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The Senators signed their first pick in the 2021 NHL draft on Tuesday to a three-year entry-level contract and the expectation is that he will be assigned to OHL’s Ottawa 67.

Since signing a pro contract, the No. 10 overall pick has chosen to leave Boston University after preparing for 17 games. One of the youngest players in the NCAA, the 18-year-old scored two goals and three points, but this will give him a chance to play against his own age group.

“We are pleased to have Tyler under contract,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. “He’s a power forward who plays a tough, physical game. He is impulsive, he is strong with the puck, he has a great shot and he goes strong to the net.

“His good hands in tight areas will be of special benefit to him in the future. We hope it will be an important part of the future of this team. “

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Senators also have the option of sending Boucher to their AHL affiliate in Belleville because he needs to play. At this time, the club must ensure that OHL returns after its vacation. The province-wide COVID-19 outbreak could mean more restrictions on capacity limits and the youth circuit doesn’t want to play if there are no fans.

Boucher dined with Senators vice president of player development Pierre McGuire last month in Boston. The son of former NHL goalkeeper Brian Boucher has had a difficult time adjusting to the college game and the OHL could offer a better development path.

The club also called up goalie Matt Murray from its AHL affiliate in Belleville and is on the ice Tuesday at the Canadian Tire Center.

More to come.

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