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Senators sign Brendan Woods to PTO

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The Ottawa Senators on Tuesday announced that they have signed 25-year-old forward Brendan Woods to a professional tryout agreement with an invitation to Sens training camp, which starts on Thursday.

Woods has played in seven career games. He has no points.

He last played in 2016-17 for the AHL Charlotte Checkers — the Carolina Hurricanes’ affiliate — and notched six points across three goals and three assists over 24 games.

Following a two-year stint with the Wisconsin Badgers, he was drafted by the Hurricanes in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. The next spring, he signed a three-year entry level deal.

During his second professional season (2014-15) he was recalled by the ‘Canes and made his debut that night.

The Senators spent their first pick (No. 28) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on Shane Bowers, a 6-foot-6 center who is off a two-year stint with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL.

They drafted another Canadian forward at pick No. 47 when they picked up Alex Formenton.

The Senators offense a season ago hinged on star blue-liner Erik Karlsson, who netted 17 goals and added 54 helpers to lead Ottawa with 71 points on the season. The Senators also received 50-plus-point seasons from Kyle Turris, Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman.

Ottawa finished the regular season 44-28-10 and advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference Final before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the Stanley Cup for the second straight year.

Training camp opens at the Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

The Senators open the season on Oct. 5 when they play the Washington Capitals.

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