Dreger sees Senators’ Chabot as an untouchable now

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Needless to say, the Ottawa Senators are thrilled with the performance turned in by defenseman Thomas Chabot for Team Canada at the world juniors.

“To play for Canada with all the exposure that the world juniors gets here, it’s that highest level of pressure and to succeed only builds in your baggage or forte as a player,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion, via PostMedia Network’s Michael Traikos. “So for us, we’re really happy about that.”

Chabot caught the attention of hockey fans in all markets with that impressive display, so it wasn’t too surprising to hear his name come up Friday morning during a discussion on Buffalo’s WGR 550.

NHL Insider Darren Dreger was asked what it might take for the Senators to even consider dealing Chabot, or he’s untouchable right now.

“I’d say untouchable,” asserted Dreger. “When the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning last year were rumored to be at least discussing the Jonathan Drouin deal, Cody Ceci’s name was included in that conversation. But there were inquiries about Colin White, who also has a gold medal around his neck from Team USA, and Thomas Chabot. The Ottawa Senators didn’t want to consider Ceci, but most definitely weren’t willing to give up on Colin White or Thomas Chabot, and I think that we can see why.

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“Ottawa would have preferred to have White come out of Boston College this year to play in the National Hockey League, but he wanted to go at least one more year and we’ll be curious to see what his decision is at the end of the season when his college year ends.

“And in Thomas Chabot, I think they did good work there. He got a good taste of the National Hockey League earlier this season. It was pretty clear, I think, that he wasn’t ready to be a full-time NHL player, so they wisely sent him back. And this experience, even though he couldn’t be more disappointed in the outcome of the shootout, is still an incredibly positive one because he was the best player in the tournament. I don’t think there’s much debate there.”

Source: National Post, WGR 550

For reference: Covering the Insiders

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