Senators re-sign Drake Batherson on six-year, $29.85M contract

Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion speaks to the media following the signing of forward Drake Batherson to a six-year deal and discusses how much Batherson has improved over his time in the NHL.

The Ottawa Senators have re-signed restricted free-agent forward Drake Batherson on a six-year, $29.85-million contract, the team announced Friday.

The deal carries an average annual value of $4.975 million.

"Drake represents an integral component of our future at forward," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion in a press release.

"Dating to his first pro season, 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 power-play contributor and someone we expect to be a prominent player for us for several years to come."

The 23-year-old ranked fourth in scoring and tied for second in goals on the Senators last season with 17 markers and 34 points in 56 games.

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