Senators sign defenceman Jorian Donovan to entry-level contract

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OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators have signed defenceman Jorian Donovan to a three-year entry-level contract.

The 18-year-old is expected to play his second season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs this upcoming season/

He led Hamilton's rookie defenceman in scoring last season with 22 points (three goals, 19 assists) while posting a plus-25 defensive rating.

The Senators selected Donovan, from Richmond, Ont., in the fifth round (136th overall) of the 2022 NHL draft.

“We’ve been impressed with Jorian’s game since drafting him in July,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a release. “He competes hard and will be a defenceman that Hamilton leans on in every situation this season. An athletic player who skates well, getting Jorian under contract today is an important step for the future of the organization.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2022.

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