Ottawa Senators 2018 first round pick Brady Tkachuk will sign a professional contract with the team, rather than go back to Boston College for another year, according to John Buccigross of NHL.com.
Brady Tkachuk, son of Keith, has informed Boston University Head Coach Albie O'Connell of his intentions to sign a pro contract. pic.twitter.com/3VziMjCin8— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) August 11, 2018
The son of former NHL star Keith Tkachuk, Brady was taken with the fourth overall pick in this year's draft by the Senators. With the team beginning a massive rebuild, Tkachuk should be able to crack a roster spot on a team that's dealt away key players in Derick Brassard and Mike Hoffman.
In his first season at Boston College, Tkachuk had eight goals and 31 points in 40 games. The 6-foot-3, 196-pound Tkachuk brings much-needed size and toughness to an Ottawa team, also looking for its next great goal-scorer.
Many considered prospect Filip Zadina as an undisputed top-three player in this year's draft, but the Senators were more comfortable taking Tkachuk. Zadina went to to the Detroit Red Wings two spots later.
Brady's older brother, Matthew, was drafted with the sixth overall pick by the Calgary Flames in 2016. He enjoyed a breakout year in 2017-18, scoring 24 goals in 49 points. Now, it looks like Keith will get to enjoy watching his two sons playing in the NHL next season, assuming Brady makes the team.
The Senators face plenty of uncertainties heading into next season. Key players Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Erik Karlsson are all eligible for free agency next year. The captain has been heavily mentioned in trade rumors since the deadline, but Ottawa has opted to keep Karlsson for the time being.
But even if these players leave, the Senators still boast an exciting young core that could dominate for years to come. Tkachuk, forward Colin White and defenceman Thomas Chabot are all potential franchise cornerstones, and they could make this a quick rebuild in the nation's capital.
For now, the goal is for Tkachuk to get ready for training camp and pre-season as he tries to lock down a roster spot in Ottawa.