Being sent back to the QMJHL after eight healthy scratches in the NHL obviously didn’t hurt Thomas Chabot’s confidence, as the blueliner busted out a remarkable shootout goal in the QMJHL.
Thomas Chabot’s season didn’t exactly start the way he would have pictured.
The Senators prospect blueliner stayed up in Canada’s capital for the first nine games of the campaign, saw a mere seven minutes of ice time and found himself scratched eight times in the first month of the season. He was then sent back to the QMJHL at the start of November, with not so much as a second crack at the Senators’ lineup.
Whatever damage that could have possibly done to Chabot’s confidence seems to be a distant memory, though. Since returning to the Saint John Sea Dogs, the 19-year-old defender has picked up three goals and 15 points in 10 games, and Thursday night Chabot scored an absolutely ridiculous shootout goal in the Sea Dogs’ 3-2 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes:
That Thomas Chabot shootout goal though ... pic.twitter.com/eTvvkhzZXL— Saint John Sea Dogs (@SJSeaDogs) December 2, 2016
For those scoring at home, we think there’s about four moves in there, depending on what you count. As Chabot slowly weaves in, he pulls one quick head fake and shuffle of the puck, does a second, more exaggerated stick and head fake, moves to his left to fake the quick forehand shot and completes the fancy goal with a Forsberg finish.
Impressive, right? It’s easily one of the best shootout goals of the campaign in any league. Even more so when you consider that Chabot is a defenseman.
It’s almost unfair that, at some point in the near future, the Senators blueline will consist of Erik Karlsson and a youngster in Chabot who can shake goaltenders one-on-one like he’s a 50-goal forward.
Chabot, who is expected to be one of the top blueliners on the Canadian World Junior squad in December, is one of the brightest prospects in the entire Ottawa system, and it likely won’t be long before he’s patrolling the big league blueline.
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