Sena Acolatse
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Sena Acolatse

Hometown:

Hayward California

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-11-28

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2014

Weight:

203 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: In his third season with the Seattle Thunderbirds(WHL), Sena Acolatse scored 7 goals and added 14 assists. Though this was a drop off in point production from his last season, Acolatse stepped up his physical game, picking up 143 PIMS. In 5 playoff games Acolatse notched a goal and an assist.

2009-10: Split between the Seattle Thunderbirds(WHL) and the Saskatoon Blades(WHL), Acolatse scored 16 goals and picked up 19 assists. He cut down his PIMs to 60 but was a -17. Acolatse picked up a goal and an assist in 7 games to finish out the playoffs.

2010-11: Acolatse signed an entry-level, three-year contract with San Jose in March 2011. He made his pro hockey debut, appearing in one game with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, after concluding his fifth season in the WHL with Prince George. Acolatse was scoreless and -1 with two shots on goal in his only game with Worcester. Acolatse skated in one game with Saskatoon and was traded by the Blades to Prince George to comply with the WHL’s overage player limit. He was third on the Cougars with 128 PMs in 66 games and was an even plus/minus with 15 goals and a team-best 48 assists. Prince George reached the playoffs despite finishing under .500. In the four-game series with Kelowna Acolatse led the Cougars in scoring with 3 goals and 4 assists and was -5 with 4 PMs.

2011-12: Acolatse had a solid offensive rookie season in the AHL for Worchester and showed that he can handle himself when dropping the gloves. The physical defender struggled to start the season but grew more comfortable with the AHL level as the year progressed. He finished the season having scored eight goals (five on the power play) along with 13 assists but a poor minus 16 rating while taking 89 PIMs (seven fighting majors) in 65 AHL games.

2012-13: Acolatse played 50 games for San Jose’s AHL affiliate in Worcester in his second pro season; missing time due to a jaw injury. Second only to Matt Tennyson in points for Worcester defensemen, he scored 4 goals with 17 assists and was -7 with 62 penalty minutes. The Sharks missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division. Acolatse was with San Jose during the NHL playoffs but did not appear in any games.

2013-14: Acolatse skated in 41 regular season games for San Jose AHL affiliate Worcester in his third pro season — missing 24 games after breaking a bone in his leg. he scored 5 goals with 12 assists and was -5 with 66 penalty minutes. The Sharks missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division. Acolatse was not tendered a qualifying offer by San Jose and signed a one-year contract with Calgary as an unrestricted free agent in July 2014. 

Talent Analysis

Sena Acolatse is a hard-nosed defenseman who plays with a lot of emotion. He skates well and has some offensive components to his game but has been known for his combative nature during his pro career. He possesses solid puck skills and his shot is considered an asset. Slowed by injuries the past two seasons — he broke his jaw while blocking a shot in 2012-13 and suffered a broken leg last season — his development has lagged. His rugged style and all out approach has gotten him to pro hockey but at times has cost him playing time. His positional play is inconsistent and is an area that must continue to evolve if he is to reach the NHL.

Future

Acolatse attended his first training camp with the Flames before being assigned to Calgary AHL affiliate Adirondack to start the 2014-15 season. An ankle injury early in the season kept him out of the lineup for nearly a month but he is once again contributing, both offensively and with his toughness, since his return. Now in his fourth pro season, Acolatse has the toughness and combative attitude that suggests he can be a valuable lower pairing defenseman at the NHL level. His biggest challenge has been staying healthy long enough to reach that potential.

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