Thomas Chabot

by Brad Phillips on October 2, 2017


Thomas Chabot, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 190

Born: 1997-01-30

Hometown: Ste-Marie-de-Beauce, QC, CAN

Drafted: 2015 by Ottawa Senators, 18th overall






October 2017-Some would argue that Cody Ceci, the previous top defensive prospect, was rushed to the NHL. The Senators brass is going to make sure that’s not the case with Chabot, sending him down to the AHL where he’ll start the season with Belleville. It’s a smart move to ease him into professional hockey as he looked overwhelmed his in first NHL game, albeit that was a year ago. There’s no doubt he’ll be the first in line to be called up when injuries strike or if he shows a level of play too good to be wasted in the minors. Either way his time in Belleville may very well be short-lived. Brad Phillips

June 2017 – Chabot and his Sea Dogs flamed out big time in the Memorial Cup, but that didn't prevent him from collecting a final piece of hardware and putting a wrap on the 2016-17 season, being named CHL Defenseman of the Year. It a testament to just how good Chabot was this past year given that he played only half a season. The sky's the limit. Brad Phillips

May 2017 - As if one MVP award this season wasn't enough, Chabot went out and racked up five goals, 18 assists and an absolutely absurd plus-29 en route to the QMJHL Championship and Playoff MVP. The scary thing is he may not be done. If Saint John can emerge from the Memorial Cup as victorious, there's a good chance it will be in large part thanks to Chabot who should be in the conversation for MVP. Brad Phillips

January 2017 – Chabot is returning to Saint John with a silver medal from the WJC. After leading all tournament blueliners in scoring, he was also named the tournament's MVP, best defenseman, and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. In seven games for Canada, Chabot scored four goals, including the opening marker in the gold-medal game, and added six assists. He was absolutely dominant over the course of the two weeks and played his best hockey when it counted in the semi-final and gold-medal game. No doubt this is the Thomas Chabot that Sens' management envisioned when they drafted him. Brad Phillips

November 2016 – Playing in just one of the team's first nine games, seeing only seven minutes of ice time and registering a minus-2, Chabot has been sent back to Saint John where he will be leaned on heavily by head coach Danny Flynn. He should also be a main cog on Team Canada as a returnee for the 2017 World Junior Championships in December. Brad Philips

October 2016 – Head coach Guy Boucher has confirmed that Chabot will begin the season with the Senators. Whether it's just for a nine-game trial, or an extended stay, is up to Chabot. Brad Phillips

September 2016 – It was a message received loud and clear by the talented defenseman. After being called out by AGM Randy Lee for his lack of compete level at the development camp earlier this summer, Chabot arrived at the rookie tournament with something to prove and took his game to another level. He's in tough to make team with the top-four spots spoken for, but if he can keep up the strong play there's a shot for him to leapfrog one or two of Chris Wideman, Mark Borowiecki  and training camp invitee and earn a bottom pairing role. Brad Phillips

May 2016 – The Sens may have a fairly shallow D prospect pool, but they appear to have found a potential top pairing defender. There were rumours that Yzerman wanted the swift skating Chabot back in a potential Drouin deal, but the Sens nixed it showing how highly they value him. He continued to build of the momentum from a strong finish to the 2015 season to the tune of 11 goals and 34 assists in only 47 games and proved to be one of the best players for Team Canada at the WJHC. He stepped things up a notch in the playoffs with an impressive 21 points in 17 games which was good for second on his team. He'll likely head back to the Q for his final season, but with a lot of uncertainty on the blueline there's an outside chance he cracks the Ottawa roster. One to watch in training camp. Brad Phillips

January 2016 – Chabot was a standout for Team Canada at the 2016 WJHC, dishing out three assists in the five games Canada played. He was a fixture on the top D pairing with Joe Hicketts and should be a heavy favorite to return next year as Canada looks to get back in the medals on home soil. Back in the Q, he is having another strong season with St. John, hovering around the point-per-game mark. Brad Phillips

December 2015 – Thomas Chabot has been named to Team Canada for the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championship. Coming into camp as somewhat of a long shot to make the team, injuries to Jake Walman and Vince Dunn opened the door for Chabot and he took advantage. Chabot spent a lot of time paired with returnee Joe Hicketts in the pre-tournament games which, as it turns out, was a positive omen and points to Chabot having a substantial role for the defending gold medal squad. Brad Phillips

June 2015 – The Ottawa Senators select swift skating defender Thomas Chabot with the 18th overall pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

February 2015 – An elite skater, one of the draft’s best, Thomas Chabot uses his best skill set to drive the puck up ice and to escape pressure defensively. He’s shown to be a willing combatant in loose-puck battles but can be overmatched at times, which shouldn’t be an issue long-term as his strength improves. Poised and confident in possession, Chabot uses his natural anticipation skills and abilities to read the play to react one or two steps ahead of his peers. He’s somewhat raw in his development and because he has so many attractive pro skills, he has options as to whether he wants to develop into a pure offensive puck-rushing defenseman or a more modest two-way cerebral blue liner. Chabot is a high-upside defenseman who’s just starting to scratch the surface and a potential riser on the blueline. Brendan Ross


Fantasy Outlook: A+

Extremely mobile and active defender with a good compete level. Projects as a top-pairing, puck-moving defenseman who can log minutes on the power play.


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    • Mark Allan

      Chabot certainly has to amp up his intensity after being criticized by Ottawa assistant GM Randy Lee in the summer, and he’s not guaranteed a spot on the Senators’ blueline to open this NHL season. Based on his skill set and youth, we’ll nonetheless stick with our rating for the time being.