The Senators have recalled Erik Brannstrom from Belleville (AHL) under emergency conditions.
Brannstrom has been recalled from Belleville (AHL) and will make his NHL debut on Thursday.
Brannstrom was he big piece the came back to Ottawa in the Mark Stone trade and is set to make his NHL debut vs. the Blues. The 19-year-old has just one assist in five games since joining the Sens organization, giving him seven goals and 22 assists (29 points) in 46 games overall in the AHL this season.
The Senators have acquired Erik Brannstrom, Oscar Lindberg and a 2020 second-round pick from the Golden Knights for Mark Stone.
Brannstrom has become one of the NHL’s top prospects since being selected No.15 overall in the 2017 NHL Draft. Brannstrom is a talented offensive-defenseman, who has been compared to former Senators’ defenseman Erik Karlsson. Brannstrom has scored seven goals with 21 assists (28 points) in 41 games with Chicago (AHL) and will report to Bellville (AHL) in the immediate future. The Senators future top-pair of Brannstrom and Thomas Chabot projects to be extremely impressive, but the Senators are going to have a long rebuild.
The Golden Knights signed Erik Brannstrom to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The Golden Knights make Erik Brannstrom the 15th overall pick.
Brannstrom is a bit undersized (5-foot-10/179 lbs.) for an NHL defenseman, but he was a solid two-way D-man for HV71 this season. He posted six points (1G / 5A) in 35 games this season and projects as a strong puck-moving defenseman who will need to try an add some bulk to fit into the NHL.