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Senators send Thomas Chabot back to junior

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OTTAWA, CANADA - OCTOBER 18: Thomas Chabot #72 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Arizona Coyotes during his first career NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on October 18, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

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The Ottawa Senators have sent Thomas Chabot back to the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs.

The move is hardly surprising considering he only suited up in one of nine games this season. In that one game, he finished with a minus-2 rating and one shot on goal in just 7:09 of ice time.

The 19-year-old was the 18th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

His junior numbers have improved every year since he began playing in the Quebec League three seasons ago.

Last year, he had 11 goals, 45 points, a plus-27 rating and 79 penalty minutes in 47 games.

Chabot showed that he has the ability to be a puck-moving defenseman, but he’s still raw and needs to work on his overall game.

This will be his final year in the junior ranks. He’ll likely start next season in the NHL or AHL.

He’s the second defenseman to be sent back to junior this week, as the Canadiens assigned first-round pick Mikhail Sergachev to OHL Windsor on Monday.