The Ottawa Senators have agreed to terms with forward Drake Batherson on a six-year, $29.85-million contract.
The 23-year-old spent all of last season in the NHL for the first time in his career and ranked fourth among Senators in scoring with 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) while skating in each of the team’s 56 regular-season games. His 17 goals were tied for second on the team through 2020-21.
"Drake represents an integral component of our future at forward," said Senators General Manager Pierre Dorion. "He has steadily progressed to the point where he is now widely recognized as a bonafide top line NHL winger. He possesses a strong ability to play at both ends of the ice, is a key powerplay contributor and someone we expect to be a prominent player for us for several years to come."
A long-time resident of Nova Scotia following his birth in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Batherson is scheduled to appear in the 100th game of his NHL career when Ottawa opens its 2021-22 season on Thursday, October 14, against Toronto at Canadian Tire Centre.
Over his first 99 career contests, he has registered 53 points (23 goals, 30 assists) and 27 penalty minutes. He has also tallied 116 points (38 goals, 78 assists) and 63 penalty minutes over 105 career American Hockey League games with the Belleville Senators.
Internationally, Batherson helped Team Canada earn a gold medal by leading the team in goals (seven) over seven contests at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.