The NHL Entry Draft has officially come to a close for the Ottawa Senators. Can’t say enough good things about the work Murray has done this weekend. He has managed to add four 1st round picks to the organization (including Filatov) and has kicked this rebuild into high gear.
An already bright future just got a whole lot brighter for the Sens organization.
The Filatov trade is a stroke of genious by Murray. A low risk, high reward type of move that could pay huge dividends for this team down the road. Filatov has all the skill in the world and could have a chance to play on Spezza’s wing this season.
With three picks in the first 24- each of which was used to select a forward- the Sens have gone a long way towards restocking the prospect pool up front.
While Ottawa definitely tried to move up in round one, the cost was just too high. They were more than happy to take Mika Zibanejad with their first selection. As I mentioned a few times on the blog, the Sens just didn’t like what they saw from Couturier. Stefan Noesen was a bit of a surprise selection at 21 but the word is the Sens knew he wouldn’t last till round two.
Ottawa was able to package up a couple of second rounders and grab one of the more intriguing offensive players in the draft in Matt Puempel. Not to toot my own horn or anything but I believe I was the first one to break that deal on Twitter and the first to suggest they may take Puempel. Hopefully a few fans noticed.
Here is a complete list of the Sens picks
- 6- C Mika Zibanejad- Djugarden- SEL
- 21- RW Stefan Noesen- Plymouth- OHL
- 24- LW Matt Puempel- Peterborough- OHL
- 61- LW Shane Prince- Ottawa 67′s- OHL
- 96- C Jean-Gabriel Pageau- Gatineau Olympiques- QMJHL
- 126- D Fredrik Claesson- Djugarden- SEL
- 156- C Darren Kramer- Spokane- WHL
- 171- LW Max McCormick- Sioux City- USHL
- 186- D Jordan Fransoo- Brandon- WHL
- 204- C Ryan Dzingel- Lincoln- USHL