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OHL goal-scorer adjusting to depth pro roles


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June 2020 – Saigeon didn’t get signed by the June first deadline, making him a free agent.  Jokke Nevalainen

May 2020 – In his first pro season, Saigeon was sent from the AHL down to the ECHL after training camp and remained there for developmental purposes. He encountered some major struggles to score playing against bigger, more veteran pros and finished the campaign with just 8 goals and 18 points in 51 games. The coaches did praise his commitment to focusing on the fine details to become useful every shift and not just in the offensive zone, but he still has a long ways to go. Unless his offense explodes back in 2020-21, he needs to diversify and learn to play a middle-six role before getting further pro consideration. Fantasy stock in heavy decline. Hayden Soboleski

September 2019 – Saigeon has been assigned to AHL training camp. The jump to pro has been tough on recent Avs draft picks, so if he can manage to translate his production from the OHL to the AHL he could really impress. His contract limits his fantasy value however, since he is ineligible to even be an injury call-up. Hayden Soboleski

July 2019 – Saigeon has signed an AHL contract with the Colorado Eagles. This means he won’t even see call-up duties for the year, but this was unlikely anyways given the depth above him. Being able to stick with the Eagles would be a great sign in an organization that likes to send players down to the ECHL upon pro arrival. Hayden Soboleski

June 2019 – It was a long final OHL season for Saigeon (in a good way). He maintained over a point-per-game pace in the regular season after being traded to the Generals, his first new team in 4 years. In the playoffs, Oshawa made it to the third round and he was the team’s leading scorer with 16 points in 15 games (6G, 10A). He was notably prolific on the powerplay. He doesn’t yet have an ELC with the organization, but after such a strong campaign he will certainly get a chance somewhere to develop further in the AHL. In a few years he could push for a bottom-six role. Hayden Soboleski

January 2019 – Saigeon has been traded to the playoff-bound Oshawa General in the OHL. As is expected of a 20-year-old in Junior, he is having his best season yet, totaling 61 points in 40 games prior to this move. He hasn’t stopped physically growing either, and has become an all-around force on the ice. He was clutch in the post-season last year, let’s see if he can do it again. Hayden Soboleski

September 2018 – Saigeon has been cut from training camp and reassigned to the OHL. Given his strong play in camp (and 2017-18 season), its surprising that he was not offered the chance to turn pro and begin his AHL development. Regardless, he is a couple years away from pushing for a meaningful NHL role. As a bottom-six player, he needs to grind his way up the ladder. Hayden Soboleski

June 2018 – The Avs selected OHL over-ager Saigeon in the 5th round of the draft. He set a career-high with 35 goals and 35 helpers in 70 regular season contests, followed by an absolutely ridiculous 18 goals in 21 playoffs games. I’m typing that again in case you skimmed over that sentence – 18 goals in 21 playoffs games. The fact that he was older and more physically developed than most of his competition is valid, but Saigeon can put pucks in the net and is a relentless forechecker, and projects to step right into the AHL pro lineup this fall. Hayden Soboleski

Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 0.5
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type Free Agent
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 14, 1998
Height 6‘2”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 5; Overall: 140


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Hamilton Bulldogs (Peewee)QC Int PW2 3 14 0|        
 2011-2012 Hamilton Steel U15 AAASCTA U15- - -- -|        
 2012-2013 Hamilton Steel U16 AAASCTA U1640 18 1432 24|        
 2013-2014 Hamilton Steel U16 AAASCTA U1640 28 2957 38|Playoffs10 7 916 14 
  St. Catharines FalconsGOJHL3 0 11 0|Playoffs2 0 00
  Hamilton Steel U16 AAAOHL Cup4 4 59 10|        
  St. Catharines FalconsSutherland Cup2 0 00 0|        
  Team OMHA Black OGC-165 2 13 2|        
 2014-2015 Belleville BullsOHL62 8 1826 48|Playoffs4 0 00
  Team Green U17-Dev3 3 03 0|        
  Canada Black U17WHC-175 0 11 4|        
 2015-2016 Brantford BulldogsOHL43 4 1014 19|        
  Team White U18-Dev3 2 02 0|        
 2016-2017 Brantford BulldogsOHL66 21 2849 36|Playoffs7 0 11
 2017-2018 Brantford BulldogsOHL65 35 3570 71|Playoffs21 18 725 10 
  Brantford BulldogsMemorial Cup4 0 44 0|        
 2018-2019 Brantford BulldogsOHL40 25 3863 20|        
  Oshawa GeneralsOHL28 12 1729 17|Playoffs15 6 1016
 2019-2020 Utah GrizzliesECHL51 8 1018 24|        
 2020-2021 Univ. of New BrunswickUSports0 0 00 0|        
 2021-2022 Wheeling NailersECHL49 7 1421 27|        
 2022-2023 Kalamazoo WingsECHL64 8 2735 26|        
 2023-2024 Kalamazoo WingsECHL23 2 68 10|        
  Wichita ThunderECHL11 1 23 2|