The Ottawa Senators have re-signed defenseman Erik Brannstrom to a one-year contract, the club announced Monday.
Brannstrom, 23, had 14 points (all assists) averaging 19:46 in 53 games with the Senators during the 2021-22 regular season. His new contract carries a cap of $900,000 in the NHL.
The Vegas Golden Knights originally selected Brannstrom in the first round (15th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, but he never played a game for the team before being traded to the Senators just under two years later.
Acquired as the centerpiece of the Mark Stone deal, Brannstrom split the 2019-20 season between Ottawa and the American Hockey League before playing primarily in the NHL for the next two seasons. The 5’10 », 185-pound left-handed defenseman has scored two goals and had 31 points in 116 career NHL games.
With the new signing of Brannstrom, the Senators now have all seven NHL-projected defensemen under contract for the 2022-23 season. Barring additional changes, the Sens will likely start with Thomas Chabot, Artem Zub, Nick Holden, Nikita Zaitsev, Travis Hamonic, Jake Sanderson and Brannstrom on the NHL roster.
The Senators finished seventh in the Atlantic Division with a 33–42–7 record and 73 points during the 2021–22 season. General manager Pierre Dorion has been one of the NHL’s most active managers this offseason, acquiring Alex DeBrincat, Claude Giroux and Cam Talbot; re-sign Josh Norris, Mathieu Joseph and Brannstrom; and, buying out Colin White and Michael Del Zotto.
Alex Formenton is now the Senators’ only remaining restricted free agent to sign this summer. The 22-year-old forward scored 18 goals and had 32 points in 79 games with the Senators last season.