Derek Grant
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Derek Grant

Hometown:

Abbottsbord British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-04-20

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

4th round (119th overall), 2008

Weight:

190 lbs.

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History

2007-08: This was Derek Grant’s first season in the BCHL, a rookie campaign with the Langley Chiefs that resulted in an impressive 24 goals and 63 points.

2008-09: This was Grant’s second season with the Langley Chiefs (BCHL), a year that mirrored his rookie campaign with the club. In 35 games, the forward netted 25 goals and 60 points, while racking up a career-high 45 penalty minutes in the process. He’s expected to play with Michigan State University for the 2009-10 season.

2009-10: A freshman season with Michigan State would produce immediate results for the Abbotsford native, tallying 12 goals and 30 points in 38 games.

2010-11: Grant signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Ottawa in March 2011 and made his pro debut with AHL Binghamton following his sophomore season at Michigan State. In 14 regular season games with Binghamton he scored 1 goal (a power play goal), with 5 assists had a +1 plus/minus. Grant skated in 7 of 23 playoff games in the Senator’s run to the Calder Cup championship and was -1 with 1 goal and 1 assist. Grant skated in all 38 games for Michigan State prior to turning pro and was the Spartans’ leading scorer with 8 goals and a team-high 25 assists. He finished +1 with 44 PMs on a team that finished 10th out of 11 teams in the CCHA.

2011-12: After impressing scouts and fans during the Ottawa Senators training camp, Grant struggled through a tough first pro season – missing time due to a serious shoulder problem  and playing with a variety of line mates for Ottawa’s AHL affiliate Binghamton. He scored 8 goals with 15 assists and was minus-seven with 26 penalty minutes in 60 games. Binghamton missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fifth in the East Division.

2012-13: Grant made his NHL debut in February, skating in five games with the Senators before returning to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton. He was -1 with no points nor penalty minutes and averaged 8:39 minutes of ice time in his brief time with the Senators. Grant led Binghamton with 19 goals in 63 games and was +11 with 9 assists and 37 penalty minutes. The Senators were second in the East Division and had the AHL’s fourth-best record before being swept by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a first round series. Grant was -1 with no points and 6 penalty minutes in three playoff games.

 

Talent Analysis

Has size and offensive ability.

 

Future

Grant is playing for the Binghamton Senators of the AHL in the 2013-14 season.

 

Ottawa Senators sport a varied, talented group of prospects

by John Henkelman
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Jim O'Brien - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Ottawa Senators prospect Jim O'Brien has made steady progress since being drafted by the club in the first round of the 2007 NHL Draft (Jay Kopinski/Icon SMI)

 

The Ottawa Senators' inaugural prospect award winners are a telling mix of talent at varying stages of readiness, with as many as four players expected to make a push for an NHL roster spot next season. Of the recipients, up to eight could be in the professional ranks by October, a good reflection of the commitment the organization has made to build from within. Noticeably conspicuous by his absence, top ranked prospect Mika Zibanejad received serious consideration in four of these categories.

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