SENATORS: Erik Brannstrom to make NHL debut Thursday night at home

The shorthanded Ottawa Senators will unveil one of their top prospects Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The club has recalled defenceman Erik Brannstrom—the top piece acquired in the Mark Stone deal with the Las Vegas Golden Knights —from its AHL affiliate in Belleville Thursday and the 19-year-old will suit up against the St. Louis Blues at home.

Brannstrom, who has dressed for five games with Belleville, will take the place of Mark Borowiecki on the roster. He is out with an illness and the club will also need to recall another defenceman because Christian Jaros isn’t expected to play either.

That leaves the club with only four healthy defencemen.

There will be no shortage of interest in Brannstrom. He is regarded by many as the top defenceman prospect outside the NHL at the moment and the Senators insisted if they were going to send Stone to the Knights then he had to be part of the package that came in return.

General manager Pierre Dorion told Postmedia last week Brannstrom just needs time.

“The Mark Stone deal was about getting the best quality prospect out there and we felt as a group that the best defenceman outside the NHL right now was Erik Brannstrom,” Dorion said Feb. 28th.

The club will also have newcomer Max Veronneau making his NHL debut. He grew up in the Glebe and signed a entry-level deal with the Senators Tuesday after his career with the Princeton Tigers wrapped up. The 23-year-old played junior for the Ottawa Canadians.

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Author: Bruce Garrioch