Top-six center that can score and dish in equal measure.
Click to Expand
October 2020 – There is no reason to believe that Drake Batherson will play anywhere but Ottawa next season. His production at the AHL level has been stellar, he’s shown some ability to produce at the NHL level in his stints, and the development in his game has been on a skyward trajectory for a couple of years now. He likely profiles as a top-six scorer at the NHL level but he’s surpassed expectations before so he could just do it again. Look for him to secure a spot on the Senators in training camp and never look back. Tony Ferrari
March 2020 – With the AHL season being suspended due to the COVID-19 virus situation, Batherson currently sits third in the AHL in points-per-game among players who have played at least 30 games at the AHL level this season. His 1.24 PPG rank just 0.02 behind the leader. This season was a full-on success for the young Senators’ prospect who could make the jump to the NHL fulltime as early as next season. He has shown all that’s been asked of him at the AHL level and has a bright future as a key piece to the Senators’ rebuild. He has true top-six upside at the next level and should be a target for dynasty fantasy owners this offseason who are looking to inject youth into their lineup as they come out of a rebuild. In standard year-to-year leagues, he could be an intriguing option that would come with plenty of upside from your bench. Tony Ferrari
January 2020 – New year, new team. Batherson was called up on January 4th and has looked capable since joining Ottawa. He hasn’t blown the doors off by any means but he has been playing well and looks like he’s ready for his first taste of NHL action this year. He seems primed for a few bounces to go his way and start getting on the scoresheet a bit more. Batherson’s two points in seven games shouldn’t be looked at with too much distaste as he is still on a bottom-dwelling team and should continue to grow as the youth movement is thrown into full-swing after the trade deadline. Tony Ferrari
October 2019 – Batherson has been assigned to the Belleville Senators. This isn’t what the Senators’ prospect was hoping for but it could be good for the young forward. He dominated the AHL last year and he should be able to find his scoring touch in a league he’s already shown well in. He could be a candidate to be recalled if he can show that he is back to form. He was dealing with an undisclosed injury during training camp and the preseason so that could still be affecting him to an extent. Senators fans and Batherson’s fantasy owners shouldn’t panic as of yet, development isn’t linear and this is just proof of that. Tony Ferrari
September 2019 – After a red hot season last season year, Batherson underwhelmed a bit in training camp and the preseason but he still cracked the Ottawa Senator’s opening night roster. He looks slotted to start the year on the third-line and will likely get time in the top-six as the year goes on. Batherson can’t be expected to blow anyone away but he should be one of the most talented players on the Senator’s roster in terms of raw skill. He is certainly worth monitoring in fantasy leagues and could even be worth a late-round flyer in points-only leagues. Tony Ferrari
May 2019 – Named to the AHL All-Rookie Team, Batherson ended a very successful rookie season with Belleville. He finished scoring at over a point-per-game average on a Belleville team that fell just short of the playoffs. His jump offensively to the pros is encouraging and he appears to be a bit of a late-bloomer. Given a strong summer, Batherson is poised to see significant time in Ottawa next year as the organization is not very deep on the right side. If he is available in a dynasty league he should absolutely be picked up and may even have late round value in redraft leagues next season. Jordan Deshane
January 2019- Off to an explosive start in his first professional campaign and already receiving his first NHL stint, Batherson has been named to the AHL All-Star Classic representing the North Division. Sitting fourth in rookie scoring and second in points per game for rookies, Batherson looks to continue to build on his meteoric rise and will most likely receive another call to Ottawa this year. He should certainly be on your radar in keeper leagues. Jordan Deshane
September 2018 – Between his fantastic 2017-18 QMJHL season and his performance on the world stage at the 2018 WJHC, there was some hope that The Drake might be able to step right into the NHL as early as this season. But alas, he with start his professional career in the AHL as he has been cut from training camp and sent to the Belleville Senators. It’s been a meteoric rise for Batherson over the past 12 months and should be given prime opportunity down on the farm and will be in the mix for a call up as the season progresses. Brad Phillips
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