Alex Formenton

Ottawa Senators
Photo courtesy of OntarioHockeyLeague.com

Fantasy Summary

Scoring winger that relies on his high-end speed and skating to help drive the play. Projects as a skilled middle-six offensive option.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth September 13, 1999
Height 6‘2”
Weight 167 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 2; Overall: 47

Observations

February 2020 – Formenton represented the Belleville Senators, along with Rudolf Balcers, at the AHL All-Star game. Formenton won the fastest skater competition, posting the third-fastest time of all-time at the event finishing his lap at 13.356 seconds. While All-Star events are fun, they are more for recognition than anything and with Formenton looking like a more than deserving candidate, the honour was well deserved. Tony Ferrari

January 2020 – Any concerns over the lack of finish by Formenton are at least temporarily put at ease as he is currently tied for the team lead in goals and has moved into a tie for third in the AHL in goals. While teammate Josh Norris (who which he is tied in goals with) gets more of the headlines, Formenton has been on fire as of late. The speedy winger has shown that his hands can keep up with his feet more consistently, producing as many thought possible prior to a disappointing season in the OHL last year after he was sent back from the Senators early last year. Should he continue to produce at this rate a cull-up isn’t out of the question but the team may be inclined to allowing him to spend a full season with one team after being bounced around a bit in the last couple of season. Regardless of whether Formenton is given an opportunity at the NHL-level this season, he and the Senators organization should consider the year a success at this point. Tony Ferrari

November 2019 – The former London Knight has transitioned to the AHL with ease. With 11 points in 17 games, Formenton has fit in with the Belleville Senators early in the year. He’s done an excellent job of playing a high-speed and high-skill game and has added a bit of bite to his game early on, agitating opponents on a regular basis. Formenton should receive a call-up at some point this season, possibly after the trade deadline where the Senators are all but certain to trade off as many assets as possible in an effort to bring back draft capital and youth. Tony Ferrari

September 2019 – Assigned to the Belleville Senators on September 22nd, GM Pierre Dorian expressed the need to take the patient approach with Formenton. The speedy winger has the tools to become a top-six forward but needs to work on his game away from the puck and consistency. Playing top-line minutes with Belleville is the better path for development than playing sub-ten minutes on the fourth line in the NHL. There’s a good chance that Formenton ends up playing some games with Ottawa this year, but producing and showing growth in Belleville will be key to determining how many games he will have the opportunity to play in the NHL. Tony Ferrari

May 2019 – While it didn’t end the way he wanted, Formenton saw his junior career come to an end. Despite having three games to none lead in the series, the Guelph Storm came back to win the series in seven games. Formenton, for his part, had an excellent playoff run, finishing with four goals and 14 assists, including a goal and an assist in Game Seven. With his time in the OHL over, it remains to be seen where Formenton will start next year. If he has a big summer and can add the strength required to his blazing speed, he could make the Ottawa lineup out of camp. In all likelihood, he will at least begin the season in Belleville as the organization is rebuilding and has shown tremendous patience with their young players. He should definitely be on your radar as a superb playmaker beginning next year. Jordan Deshane

February 2019 – Formenton is back to his speedy ways with the London Knights. Suffering through an injury-plagued season, he has now returned and continues to put up over a point-per-game. He is looking to lead his London team on a long playoff run, fresh off his two-month absence due to injuries. While he has put up strong offensive numbers, it would probably be in his best interest to spend some time in Belleville next season. With his speed and creativity, he may be able to work himself into a starting roll with the big club in Ottawa next fall. Jordan Deshane

June 2018 – Formenton took a big step forward in his draft+1 year with the London Knights, not a surprising revelation given that he broke camp with the Sens. in 48 games for the Knights, Formenton led the team with 29 goals and was third on the team with 48 points and added another five goals and seven points, both team highs, in a first-round playoff loss to the Owen Sound Attack. While it might be prudent to send Formenton back to junior for another year given the outlook for the team this coming season, you can bet he’ll get another long look in camp in hopes of making the big squad for good this time. Brad Phillips

January 2018 – Formenton is bring a gold medal back to London having been part of Canada’s contingent in Buffalo. His elite level speed was on display all tournament long as he chipped in a pair of goals and two assists in the seven games. Back with London he’s producing at a point-per-game pace with 21 points in 20 games. Brad Phillips

October 2017 – In one of the more surprising developments to come from the last few draft classes, Formenton has signed his entry-level deal and cracked the Senators opening night roster. It’s been quite the rise going from playing fourth line minutes in London to the NHL in a matter of six months. It remains to be seen how much he plays and if he sticks around past the nine game mark. Brad Phillips

September 2017 – Formenton has been the surprise of camp, sticking around through the latest round of cuts. He’s impressed both coach Guy Boucher and GM Pierre Dorion with his speed and tenacity on the fore-check. In four games of preseason action Forementon has potted one goal and assisted on two others. Just two weeks past his 18th birthday it’s still hard to fathom that he makes the opening night squad. But the possibility is increasing with each passing day. If he does make the team don’t expect a lot of production. He’s one to stash away for the future. Brad Phillips

September 2017– In his latest “31 Thoughts” column, Elliotte Friedman mentioned Formenton as the player that the other Senators’ players were most impressed by. He’s a longshot to make the team but it’s encouraging news to say the least about the recent second rounder. While it may still be too early to snatch him up yet, he’s worth adding to your watch list to see how he comes out of the gates in London. Brad Phillips

June 2017 – With their second round pick the Senators selected one of the youngest players in the draft, Alex Formenton, making the cut-off by just two days. Drafted from the London Knights of the OHL, Formenton played 65 games finishing in a tie for sixth on the team with 16 goals and also added 18 helpers, but posted bupkis in 14 playoff games. Forementon’s three greatest assets are his speed, speed and speed. He’s probably the fastest player in the 2017 draft possessing elite level wheels capable of beating anyone one-on-one. Add to that some excellent hand-eye coordination and the ability to get his shot off in a hurry and you have a potential lethal package.

Formenton is still growing into his body having experienced a massive growth spurt by shooting up seven inches in the past two years. If he can manage to add another 15-20 pounds to his frame while maintaining his foot speed he could be an absolute nightmare at the NHL level. The speedster is in an ideal spot playing in the NHL factory that is London and with a few veteran forwards set to graduate it wouldn’t be shocking to see him breakout in his sophomore OHL campaign, similar to his teammate Cliff Pu post-draft.  Brad Phillips


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Toronto Nationals Bantam AAA GTBHL - - - - - |          
  Toronto Nationals Bantam AAA OHF Bantam AAA 8 2 5 7 4 |          
 2014-2015 Mississauga Rebels Mn Mdgt AAA GTMMHL 65 27 28 55 92 |          
 2015-2016 Aurora Tigers OJHL 54 13 13 26 66 | Playoffs 5 2 0 2
 2016-2017 London Knights OHL 65 16 18 34 50 | Playoffs 14 0 0 0
 2017-2018 OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 1 1 2 |          
  London Knights OHL 48 29 19 48 55 | Playoffs 4 5 2 7
  Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Belleville Senators AHL 2 0 0 0 2 |          
  Canada U20 WJC-20 7 2 2 4 8 |          
 2018-2019 Ottawa Senators NHL 9 1 0 1 6 |          
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  London Knights OHL 31 13 21 34 50 | Playoffs 11 4 14 18 14 
 2019-2020 Belleville Senators AHL 61 27 26 53 65 |          

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