Sens make most of day two
It is easy to summarize Ottawa's second day at the draft. They drafted seven players, and traded for a third-round pick for a top-six winger in Nikita Filatov (if he has the year he is expected to). Out of their draft picks, they chose to follow suit from day one and go heavy on forwards. They chose a high-end playmaking centre in Shane Prince, a scoring centre in Jean-Gabriel Pageau, three grinders/fighters in Darren Kramer, Max McCormick and Jordan Fransoo, a defensive d-man in Fredrick Claesson, and a defensive centre in Ryan Dzingel. I am happy to see them address several different positions with their drafting, as the organization needed prospects everywhere, with the exception of offensive defensemen and goalies.
Filatov offers the Sens some immediate help for next year, as he will be given a serious chance to crack the line-up as a top-six forward. He has stated that he was not truly given that chance in Columbus, so I hope that Ottawa gives him a legitimate chance. It is debatable whether Columbus gave him a chance or not, and it will remain to be seen at Camp whether he can slot in as a top-six. Of course, for the price of a third-round draft pick, he was well worth it.
I was happy to see Shane Prince come over, as he is a player I've seen play on several occasions, and he has exceptional vision and passing ability. Many of the other draft picks, with the exceptional of shut-down D Claesson, are shots in the dark, but welcome to the later rounds of the draft.
As a whole, Ottawa performed admirably at the draft. Several important needs were addressed, and several high-calibre prospects are now in the pipeline. The Senators seem built for future success, and should not get used to dwelling in the basement. Their core of Swedish prospects (from Lehner, to Karlsson, to Runblad, to Zibanejed, etc) should provide the foundation of a strong team within three to four years time. Of course, Puempel, and Prince should be important additions to that as well. Let's not forget about the college prospects either, with the likes of Butler, Greening, Da Costa and Wiercioch all leading the charge.