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Ridly greig will conquer the world during the holiday season.

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Team Canada unveiled its 25-man roster Sunday and the Senators’ best prospect was among the 15 forwards named to the roster.

No, it’s not a surprise to see the No. 28 overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft from the Brandon Wheat Kings on the roster, but it’s another big step in his development. Greig has 14 goals and 28 points in 19 games with Brandon this season and is considered strong on both ends of the ice.

“(Greig) is another young guy pushing from below,” said the coach. Dj smith he told reporters in Florida on Monday afternoon. “He is going to be a good player in the NHL. You are not in the junior world if you are not an elite prospect.

“Certainly there is a lot of work to be done for him to be an elite NHL player, but as you look at, there are more and more guys coming from the bottom. That’s what will make it great is when some of these guys are 26 or 27 and I think that’s what it is when the Detroit Red Wings spent 20 years making the playoffs.

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“This is how it starts, we have more growth ahead of us, but the organization is very well set up and it is an exciting time to be a fan of the Ottawa Senators.”

Greig will be part of the nucleus in Ottawa with people like Brady Tkachuk, Tim Stuetzle, Thomas Chabot, Drake Batherson, Josh Norris and advocacy from the University of North Dakota Jake sanderson .

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Of course, Greig won’t be the only Ottawa prospect in the tournament. Sanderson will be there with Team USA along with his teammate. Tyler kleven of UND while the doorman Leevi merilainen and forward Roby Jarventie they are almost guaranteed places on the Finnish team’s roster.

Senators who have been there before know it will be a good experience.

“That was probably one of the best hockey moments of my life,” Batherson said. “Winning that gold medal and just playing for Team Canada because every time you have that sweater on it’s an honor. Greig is a good guy, he works very hard and he will have a good time. “

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This and that

Smith wasn’t sure if he will make changes Tuesday when the senators meet the Florida Panthers to open this trip. The club is coming off a 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and Smith wants to land Belleville D Jacob Bernard-Docker in a game or two on this trip. He was called up on Friday and it was a healthy scratch against the Bolts. “We will see here. It’s not 100% if you win that everything stays the same, “said Smith. “If some guys are really good or somebody really bad, then things have to change, so we’ll see that.” … Killing the Panthers won’t be easy. “We have to control them”, extreme. Austin watson he told reporters after the club’s skateboarding in Sunrise on Monday. “You have to have a certain level of commitment to defense that we’ve learned we need all the time, especially against a team like Florida that has a lot of speed and skills. They are scoring all the time and have a really good power play drive. We have to take time and space. “

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THE LAST WORDS

The Panthers claimed the goalkeeper Jonas johansson outside of the Colorado Avalanche Monday waivers. Florida is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Avs on the road Sunday night. That means backup Spencer knight I may come back to the AHL… It will be interesting to see over the next few weeks what happens to the NHL players and their decision to go to the Winter Olympics in Beijing. There are a myriad of issues involved, including COVID-19 protocols, if players go to the Games in February, which is why NHL owners have let the players decide. A decision is due in early January and players have been told they won’t get paid if they miss NHL games due to the Olympics … Panthers may not have a center Alexander Barkov For this one. He was placed on injured reserve retroactive to last Tuesday with an upper body injury.

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