As the NHL season comes to an end, many players are facing questions about their future, and one such player is Alex DeBrincat of the Ottawa Senators. DeBrincat has stated that he will let the Senators know his intentions before the draft. With his contract expiring this summer, the 25-year-old winger’s future with the team is uncertain. DeBrincat is a RFA in the summer.
This season, he recorded 27 goals and 39 assists for a total of 66 points while playing for the Senators. However, his defensive performance was less than stellar, as he finished the season with a -31 plus-minus rating, the worst of his career. His previous worst was -13 during the last season he played in Chicago.
Before joining the Senators, DeBrincat spent five seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks. His point total dropped from 78 points in his final season in Chicago to 66 points this year with the Senators. This decline in performance may factor into his decision regarding his future with the team.
As the draft approaches, the Senators and their fans will be eagerly waiting to learn DeBrincat’s decision. His offensive skills have been valuable, but his defensive struggles may influence the team’s willingness to re-sign him to the high asking price he may have. Some insiders have said that he may be asking for $9M AAV, which is a very high price to pay for someone who had a down year, and doesn’t seem very committed to the project.