Alex Chiasson Awarded 1-Year Deal

The Ottawa Senators and forward Alex Chiasson had their verdict handed down following last week’s arbitration. Chiasson has been awarded a one-year deal worth $1.2 million, the team announced on Sunday.

Chiasson came to the Senators as a part of the trade that sent Jason Spezza to the Dallas Stars last summer. In his first season with the Senators, Chiasson scored 11 goals and 15 assists through 76 games. That’s a slight step back from his final season with the Stars, where he scored 13 goals and 22 assists in 79 games.

Talk about a step back last season may be overblown though. A lot of the addition production he saw in Dallas can be explained through getting solid power play time with the Stars and getting a little more even strength time as well. Couple that with a slight decrease in offensive zone starts, it’s easy to see how that slight step back in raw totals could be misleading when assessing his overall play.

At 5-on-5, the 24-year-old winger posted a P/60 of 1.3 last season and the season before. He also saw an improvement in his score-adjusted CF%Rel last season, moving to 0.0 from a -1.6% the season before.

At 6-foot-4, 205 pound, Chiasson has the ability to slot into a third line wing spot and be effective for the young Senators squad that has seen a number of younger players step up recently and move into top scoring and leadership roles. While he may not have the flash some expected, Chiasson could be a key piece of building a deep team for the coming season in Ottawa.

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