Zach Senyshyn, the Bruins 15th overall selection in 2015, was scoring at will in the Ontario Hockey League last season. He had a full 66 game season where he posted 45 goals and 20 assists, nearing a point per game pace. The Sault St. Marie Greyhound forward was preparing to go into the off-season with every intention of showing the Bruins brass that he was ready to contribute. Sensyshyn worked hard to prepare and was looking to show his elusive speed and quick hands for a team that’s desperately searching for skill. Unfortunately, his body had different plans. During the Bruins development camp, the 19-year-old Senyshyn got mononucleosis and was incapable of participating. The Ottawa-area native recovered, and was ready to show what he had for the Bruins rookie camp. When it rains it pours, and right as rookie camp was ready to start, Senyshyn underwent an appendectomy. He unable to take part in practices and games.
Senyshyn was able to attend some of Bruins training camp
Senyshyn played in two preseason matches against New Jersey and Buffalo. He looked fast, but light on the puck. It could have been due to his inability to prepare on ice before hand. He clearly wasn’t ready to make the big club. Don Sweeney and staff elected to return the Greyhounds forward to the OHL, where he could continue to hone his scoring touch. He returned to the Greyhounds on October 13th. His season début was a quiet one, but he broke the game open in his 2nd matchup where he tallied an impressive three goals and 10 shots on net. That second game seemed to kick-start his year, and has put up an impressive 17 goals and 11 assists in 25 games. No one in the OHL has scored more than Zach Sensyhyn in the last two seasons combined.
Senyshyn was hopeful that his strong start to the season and his scoring touch would be welcomed in this year’s World Juniors team
Team Canada elected Taylor Raddysh (23G 38A in 28GP), Dillon Dube (1G 10A in 11GP), Michael McLeod (6G 22A in 26 GP) and Blake Speers (NHL return) over him. Some would argue that Senyshyn’s scoring touch would have been a better fit for Canada than McLeod, but the decision was made. Senyshyn returned to the Greyhounds and was tasked with proving people wrong once again. Zach took the high ground and had this to say about his WJC tryout experience – I got to play with a lot of incredible players. I won’t forget the experience.
I hope that he doesn’t forget the experience. I hope that he uses it as a reason to prove them wrong. I know he’d like to do that to the armchair general managers that called for GM Don Sweeney’s head when he picked Senyshyn 15th overall in 2015. Senyshyn will be ready for camp next season. I expect to see him turn some heads and prove Don Sweneey correct. No one ever improved without any adversity. Zach Senyshyn is facing plenty of them. Let’s see this lump of coal turn into a diamond in the rough.