Drake Batherson

Ottawa Senators
www.theqmjhl.ca

Fantasy Summary

Top-six center that can score and dish in equal measure.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth April 27, 1998
Height 6‘2”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 4; Overall: 121

Observations

June 2018 – Batherson came rocketing out of the gates to start 2017-18 and while he wasn’t able to sustain the two-point-per-game pace he established in the early going, he still put together an incredible QMJHL season, likely his last. Batherson posted 29 goals and 48 assists in 51 games split between Cape Breton and the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, finishing fourth in the ‘Q’ in points-per-game with an average of 1.51. The Armada would advance all the way to the finals before falling to eventual Memorial Cup champions Acadie-Bathurst with Batherson leading the league in assists and points in the playoffs with 22 and 33 respectively. It’s all but guaranteed that he’ll suit up for Belleville come the fall and could make his debut in Ottawa sooner than you think. Brad Phillips

January 2018 – It’s been quite a week for Batherson. Despite not being named to the summer development camp roster, usually a good indicator of who will be on the final team, Batherson forced his way onto the 2018 edition of team Canada for the world juniors thanks to an exceptional first half and left his mark in a big way. He lead Canada with seven goals in as many games, including a hat trick in the semi-finals against the Czech Republic, and was tied for second overall. As a result he was named as one of the top three players on Canada. To cap things off Batherson is bringing home a gold medal. The day after defeating Sweden Batherson was shipped off to league leading Blaineville-Boisbriand for the stretch run. Brad Phillips

October 2017 – For the second year in a row the Senators used a fourth round pick to select a player in their second year of eligibility, taking Drake Batherson of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. There’s a bit of history between the Senators and the Batherson family as Drake’s dad Norm spent a year in the organization and his uncle is former Senator tough guy Dennis Vial. He didn’t play in his first QMJHL campaign until he was 18 but the results were impressive, with 22 goals and 36 assist in 61 games and another 12 points in 11 post-season games to lead the Screaming Eagles. He has also gone through a significant growth spurt in recent years, shooting up eight inches since his minor midget season. Batherson packs a solid offensive punch in his game. Brad Phillips

Sens brass was betting on Batherson being a late bloomer and they look like geniuses in the early going as this selecting is looking like pure gold at this point in time. 13 games into the QMJHL season, Batherson sees himself sitting atop the league leaders in scoring with 28 points,16 goals and a league best 2.00 points per game en route to earning the most recent QMJHL player of the week honours as well as an entry-level deal from the Senators. He’s been a one man wrecking crew for the Screaming Eagles having a hand in 47% of the team’s offence and outscoring his next closest teammate by a whopping 16 points. To top it off, Batherson has registered a point in every game this season and has 12 points in his last three games.

Clearly packing an offensive punch, Batherson has made some significant strides in improving his skating over the past couple years but still has some room for improvement on the defensive side of the game. It may be early, but Batherson is already looking like the steal of the 2017 draft. Brad Phillips


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Valley (Kings Mutual) Wildcats NSMBHL 35 23 31 54 10 |          
  Valley (Kings Mutual) Wildcats NS Bantam Prov. 4 0 0 0 2 |          
 2012-2013 Valley (Kings Mutual) Wildcats NSMBHL 31 25 28 53 16 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1
  Valley (Kings Mutual) Wildcats NS Bantam Prov. 4 0 4 4 0 |          
  Team Nova Scotia U15 (ACC) ACC-U15 4 5 4 9 0 |          
 2013-2014 OHA Mavericks Minor Midget AAA OEMMHL 19 7 10 17 18 |          
  OHA Gold Mavericks Midget AAA OEMHL 3 0 2 2 0 |          
  Valley Wildcats NSMMHL 6 3 2 5 2 | Playoffs 5 1 2 3
 2014-2015 Valley Wildcats NSMMHL 34 20 26 46 44 | Playoffs 6 5 3 8 10 
  Valley Wildcats MJAHL 4 2 0 2 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
 2015-2016 Valley Wildcats MJAHL 28 4 15 19 18 | Playoffs 6 1 2 3
  Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 10 0 2 2 2 |          
 2016-2017 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 61 22 36 58 70 | Playoffs 11 7 5 12 14 
 2017-2018 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 24 17 22 39 39 |          
  Blainville-Boisbriand Armada QMJHL 27 12 26 38 26 | Playoffs 22 13 20 33 19 
  Canada U20 WJC-20 7 7 0 7 4 |          
 2018-2019 Belleville Senators AHL - - - - - |          

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