North Dakota Star Defenseman Jake Sanderson Has Signed With The Ottawa Senators

     On Sunday, sophomore defenseman Jake Sanderson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators. The franchise announced the contract will take effect immediately.

     This season Sanderson only played in 10 NCHC games. Despite playing a limited number of games he was named to the All-NCHC Second Team. In conference play he racked up 12 total points on four goals and eight assists, while finishing with a plus-4 rating. He earned the NCHC Defenseman of the Week honor twice. Sanderson was also a finalist for the NCHC Defensive Defenseman of the Year, an award won by teammate Ethan Frisch.

     He was the first sophomore-or-younger assistant captain since Brock Boeser in 2016-17 and the youngest defenseman to be an assistant captain since Ian Kidd in 1986-87.

     The 2020 No. 5 overall pick finished his collegiate career with 41 points in 45 games over a two season span. UND finished with a record of 31-13-1 when Sanderson was in the lineup.

     Sanderson is the first player this season to sign a professional contract from the University of North Dakota.