The Ottawa Senators won the Stephane Da Costa sweepstakes. Now they are set to cash in.
The club, which inked Da Costa to a two-year entry level contract Thursday, is set to debut the Merrimack College standout in Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“(Just) like every other kid I’m sure, it was my dream to play in the NHL,” said Da Costa via conference call. “Of course it was stressful, but I got the right place and the best fit for me I think.”
The 21-year-old native of Paris, France was the most coveted collegiate available and his signing marks the second year in a row the Senators dipped into the NCAA free agent pool. Last year, Ottawa went to the University of New Hampshire and inked Bobby Butler. In 31 games as a rookie, Butler recorded seven goals and 14 points.
In 33 games this season with Merrimack, Da Costa notched 14 goals and 45 points.
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