Brady Tkachuk is reportedly expected to sign with the Ottawa Senators, according to ESPN’s John Buccigross.
According to the report, Tkachuk has informed Boston University coach Albie O’Connell that he intends to turn pro and sign with the Senators. He stands a good chance to earn a roster spot at training camp going into the 2018-19 campaign. If Tkachuk isn’t ready then he could be assigned to the OHL’s London Knights or the AHL’s Belleville Senators and could play in the World Junior Championship. He was supposed to announce his decision by Sunday, so an official announcement should come shortly.
Tkachuk is coming off of a strong freshman season at Boston University that saw him post 31 points (8-23-31) in just 40 games while also being among the top scorers at the World Juniors. Tkachuk was also the captain of the gold-winning U.S. under-18 national team at the 2017 IIHF World U18 Championships. That helped him become the fourth overall pick back in June.
Many believe Tkachuk is physically ready to withstand the rigors of a full NHL season and with the expectation that the Senators are still likely to sell between now and the start of the year, there is a good chance that he’d be able to step in and play a regular role right away. Having his dad, Keith Tkachuk, and brother, Matthew Tkachuk to lean on should make the transition to NHL pro easier for Brady.