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Chabot appreciation thread
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THOMAS CHABOT IS SEIZING THE REINS IN OTTAWA
With Erik Karlsson gone, the Senators need a new star defenseman and while Chabot shouldn't be held to that lofty comparison, the kid is off to a great start offensively

By Ryan Kennedy
October 11, 2018

Through four games of the 2018-19 season, the Ottawa Senators are surviving. The team many believed will finish last overall has already beaten the rival Toronto Maple Leafs (Toronto’s only loss so far) and at least looked scrappy in the other contests. While expectations for the squad aren’t high, the Senators do have some young players who will get great chances to spread their wings this season. Brady Tkachuk just potted his first two NHL goals for example, while Alex Formenton’s speed gives him a ton of promise up front. On the back end, Max Lajoie was a surprise addition to the opening night roster and the former Swift Current Broncos ace has been on an offensive tear. But the key figure on the back end is Thomas Chabot.

The offensively-gifted rearguard is kicking off his sophomore NHL campaign and the first without Erik Karlsson in the lineup. While Chabot recognizes the situation, he’s not going to let it burden him.
“It’s still pretty much my first full year from the start,” he said. “Every night I take advantage of my role and the ice time I have. I don’t necessarily feel more pressure, I just want to help the team win.”
Chabot went a little viral after his two-goal, three-point effort against Toronto, which included a spiritual undressing of rookie D-man Igor Ozhiganov. The Senators blueliner was rushing the puck up the ice when he noticed Ozhiganov open his feet while attempting a poke-check, prompting Chabot to weave the puck through the enemy defenseman’s legs en route to a fabulous goal on Frederik Andersen. It’s that kind of sequence that should have Ottawa fans excited for Chabot’s future.


“The ceiling is high, real high,” said coach Guy Boucher. “Defensively I think he’ll become just as good over time. He’s got the mobility and a terrific stick and it’s just experience now. I have so much faith in his abilities.”


So much so, that Boucher wasn’t willing to rush the youngster. To date, Chabot is best remembered for his tour-de-force performance at the 2017 world juniors, when he played monster minutes in the instant-classic gold medal game that saw Canada fall to Team USA in a shootout. Chabot was named MVP of the tournament and the future looked bright. But he still had to earn his stripes in the NHL and last season, that meant an assignment to AHL Belleville straight out of camp.


“To start in the American League was a little disappointing, but I got down there and took advantage of it,” Chabot said. “When I got the chance to come back here, I enjoyed it and it’s been big for me for sure.”
In the end, Chabot played 63 games for Ottawa last season, putting up a respectable 25 points in 17:31 average ice time. He even got to play on a pairing with Karlsson, which gave Chabot a first-hand education on how the sublime Swede made plays and processed the game.


This year, Chabot has bolted out of the gates with six points in four games while logging 22 minutes of ice time per night – the most of any skater on the team. How long will that last? It’s a decision that the Ottawa coaching staff is well aware of, especially as the better teams in the league settle in to a groove.


“We know we have the young defense that can jump in the play,” Boucher said. “Over time, we have to figure out how to balance that offense with being able to defend. They’re being asked to take on a lot more than normally you’d want them to take. Shelter them as much as you want, but at the same time you want to get them out there and learn.”


Pairing Chabot with veteran Dylan DeMelo (acquired from San Jose in the Karlsson deal) seems to have helped. Boucher credits ‘Mellow’ with bringing a calming presence to the back end, while using his smarts and doing the simple things right. That’s a great influence to have on a player such as Chabot, who has the high-end skills you can’t teach and just needs to round out his game.


Over the summer, Chabot talked to Boucher and associate coach Marc Crawford about the defense position and how usually a blueliner hits his prime at 23 or 24 years old. Chabot entered this campaign as a 21-year-old. With all the ice time and experience he’ll get in the next few seasons, Chabot has the chance to really make noise by the time he hits that prime age bracket.


https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/thomas-chabot-is-seizing-the-reins-in-ottawa
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I just wanted to post this again lol
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That's such a sweet goal for sure, I'm excited about our blue-line for once, as we finally have two guys who look like they're ready to be stars in this league. I think it wouldn't hurt to move on from Ceci, or keep him as a 3rd pairing guy but I think our defense will need to be built around Lajoie and Chabot. With DeMelo looking good so far, I think realistically we're only two veteran d-men away from having an actually respectable top 6 finally. I don't think I want Karlsson back because he's too much of a big presence and requires too much ice-time and respect. With Chabot and Lajoie, the offense will come from both of them and we can have one of them on the ice for at least 40 out of 60 min of a game.
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I'd take Karlsson back in a heart beat myself but it is nice to know that Lajoie and Chabot can be offensive guys from us in the future
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(2018-10-12, 11:21 PM)bicboi Wrote: I'd take Karlsson back in a heart beat myself but it is nice to know that Lajoie and Chabot can be offensive guys from us in the future

We can add Wideman now...

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I'm not going to pretend Karlsson wasn't a big part of this team, but I was already ready to move on from him before the trade and I'm even more ok with it now than ever. Hockey is a team game, and while Kalrsson was here it became a one man-show and that's not a slight against him but he was just too good for too long here and players respected his skill. The problem with that is it became obvious all the play revolved around him and that took away from the other skilled players we have. Right now everybody is involved and everybody is getting a chance to make it happen and it's hard not to be impressed with our young d-men.

I might be in the minority here but I definitely don't want Karlsson back and if we're a better team moving forward without him than I'm also perfectly fine with the return we got for him too.
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(2018-10-14, 07:45 PM)SenStanley Wrote:
(2018-10-12, 11:21 PM)bicboi Wrote: I'd take Karlsson back in a heart beat myself but it is nice to know that Lajoie and Chabot can be offensive guys from us in the future

We can add Wideman now...

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its kinda early but I think Wideman is going to have a solid season (30+ points) and earn himself a longer contract. I hope we sign him long term and maintain some veteran presence in the back end. When we lost Gonchar and Benoit a few years ago, our defense collapsed. We need someone with experience (aside from Ceci lol)
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Chabot has 20 points in 15 games. Averages 24 minutes a gane, 19 minutes of even strength hockey. Loads of PP time as well.

He's a +1 while the team has an goal differential of -10. Only thing we haven't seen is how he plays on the PK but if Karlsson could become an effective shut down guy, Chabot can too.

For reference, Karlsson is playing 19:49 of even strength hockey.
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(2018-11-06, 11:53 PM)bicboi Wrote: Chabot has 20 points in 15 games. Averages 24 minutes a gane, 19 minutes of even strength hockey. Loads of PP time as well.

He's a +1 while the team has an goal differential of -10. Only thing we haven't seen is how he plays on the PK but if Karlsson could become an effective shut down guy, Chabot can too.

For reference, Karlsson is playing 19:49 of even strength hockey.

do not compare Chabot to EK. you;ll be laughed at
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(2018-10-14, 07:45 PM)SenStanley Wrote:
(2018-10-12, 11:21 PM)bicboi Wrote: I'd take Karlsson back in a heart beat myself but it is nice to know that Lajoie and Chabot can be offensive guys from us in the future

We can add Wideman now...

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wher have u been the last 4 years , Wideman has always been
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(2018-11-07, 12:08 AM)leftcurve Wrote:
(2018-11-06, 11:53 PM)bicboi Wrote: Chabot has 20 points in 15 games. Averages 24 minutes a gane, 19 minutes of even strength hockey. Loads of PP time as well.

He's a +1 while the team has an goal differential of -10. Only thing we haven't seen is how he plays on the PK but if Karlsson could become an effective shut down guy, Chabot can too.

For reference, Karlsson is playing 19:49 of even strength hockey.

do not compare Chabot to EK. you;ll be laughed at

Lemme enjoy this LC, I'm still bitter over his loss. Chabot having a great start sure is helping me get over it
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I stand by my two comments in this thread, and I'm even more confident to support it now than I was at the start of the year. Thanks for everything Karlsson, but this team is ready to move on without you, best of luck.


Now if only Dorion could go out and grab us a couple of veteran d-men already...
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I think we need to rid ourselves of Ceci and Wideman. They both don't bring anything to this team that we already don't have. Not worth it to spend the $6 million on them imo. Wouldn't mind seeing them both shipped for a 2nd pairing shut down guy. Saves us a bit of money that we can invest in DeMelo,  Chabot, and Lajoie in the near future.
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(2018-11-07, 12:57 AM)bicboi Wrote: I think we need to rid ourselves of Ceci and Wideman. They both don't bring anything to this team that we already don't have. Not worth it to spend the $6 million on them imo. Wouldn't mind seeing them both shipped for a 2nd pairing shut down guy. Saves us a bit of money that we can invest in DeMelo,  Chabot, and Lajoie in the near future.

Well done bic, you're finally seeing the light. I think although we tend to bash Ceci I think he still has some good value and could get us an older maybe less skilled defenseman who plays a shut-down shot blocking role. Wideman I think would definitely be useful on a team that's lacking offensive defensemen and that's willing to give up one of their shut-down type for a guy like Wideman who I believe has value but has kind of dropped down our depth chart with the emergence of Chabot, Lajoie and to a certain extent DeMelo.

We might have to sweeten the pot and add a prospect to any deal but I think there's something to be had out there without giving up anything significant from our future.
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I think Jaros will solidify himself as a 3rd pairing guy by the end of the season too. He just needs to play more. I don't want to dismiss the veteran presence Wideman provides but he probably isn't the best example of a vet given how he'd such a late bloomer who tops out as a #4
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Not that I expect this pace to continue, but you’d have been laughed at if you suggested the Sens would have the NHL leader for points among D men a month into the season after trading Karlsson away. He is also 6th in overall points! 4 back of the leader, Miko Rantanen.

And because he was expected to replace EK, I think it’s only fair to use him as a comparison. Perhaps that’s unfair to compare talent levels, but as far as team success goes, you have to take his role into consideration.

Plus, he sure as hell looks a lot like EK did at similar ages. (Again not suggesting they have similar ceilings, but you can’t not be impressed with what he’s done).

Overall, the Sens have the highest scoring blue line in the league as well. I wonder if that’s a product of the type of system they play?
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damn are we lucky with drafting. Karlsson had Kuba, Phillips, Volchenko and Alfie to insulate him and teach different aspects of the game. Who does Chabot have?

He's learning on the fly after half a season with Karlsson last year. I really hope he turns out to be the real deal
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(2018-11-08, 10:23 AM)Heisenberg Wrote: Not that I expect this pace to continue, but you’d have been laughed at if you suggested the Sens would have the NHL leader for points among D men a month into the season after trading Karlsson away.  He is also 6th in overall points!  4 back of the leader, Miko Rantanen.

And because he was expected to replace EK, I think it’s only fair to use him as a comparison. Perhaps that’s unfair to compare talent levels, but as far as team success goes, you have to take his role into consideration.

Plus, he sure as hell looks a lot like EK did at similar ages. (Again not suggesting they have similar ceilings, but you can’t not be impressed with what he’s done).

Overall, the Sens have the highest scoring blue line in the league as well. I wonder if that’s a product of the type of system they play?

He's better than EK was at the same age, and he's been better than EK last year.
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I just find them to be so similar in regards to how they are developing. From dominating the World Juniors, their short stints in the AHL, to their immediate roles as impact players once they were called up to the big club.

Incredibly similar in fact. They were even drafted at nearly the same spot in the first round (15 and 18).
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Agreed.

But the biggest difference is that no one is ragging on Chabot for a weak defensive game. And his size. He'll be able to play a lot of minutes and not break down like Karlsson would.
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