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 offen...
While several of the Ottawa Senators' draft picks from the first round won't immediately impact the team's performance, they addressed some crucial needs for the Senators.
With that being said, sixth-overall selection, Swedish centre Mika Zibanejad, will have a shot at making the team out of training camp, and his contract even permits that. Ottawa needed a big-bodied centre, and Zibanejad fits the bill at 6'2 and 191 pounds. Hopefully he can eventually develop into a solid second-line centre.
The Senators continued to address their need for high-level offensive talent, and they managed to do so by bringing in two top-flight OHL wingers, Peterborough's Matt Puempel and Plymouth's Stefa...
The upcoming draft in Minnesota may be the most exciting in Ottawa's history. Not only are the Senators loaded with a total of 12 draft picks, but many of these selections are in the first 66 picks. In fact, Ottawa possesses the 6th, 21st, 35th, 48th, 61st, and 66th overall picks. This is a massive step-up from last year, when the Sens had only five picks, inlcuding just one first-rounder (which was dealt for David Runblad during the Draft).
If last year's draft was any indication, predicting draft picks past the first round (or even arguably in the first round itself) will be just slightly more effective than using a crystal ball. That being said, the first-round draft picks will be dis...
Ottawa Senators - Taking Big Steps Into A Draft For The Future
While the hockey world was focused on the Stanley Cup playoffs and the excitement of a seventh game which culminated in a Boston Bruin win, the Ottawa Senators organization was quietly taking some big steps in shaping their future. The team and the city hope that this summer is the beginning of a steep climb back to the lofty heights the Senators used to perch on.
The most important move came with the hire of a new coach. Paul MacLean, an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings the past five years, was hired to by the Senators. The Sens have missed the playoffs two of the last three seasons.
“I think it’s impor...
Defenseman David Runblad is an Ottawa prospect, who may make the team next season.
To be frank, the Ottawa Senators will probably (99 per cent chance) not be extraordinarily active on deadline day.
With their worst-place finish since the recent-expansion years, Senators GM Bryan Murray did the right thing; he began imploding his team with an eye to the future. Picking up draft picks is exactly what a rebuilding franchise should do, not trade away two first-rounders, and a second-round pick for a 30-35 goals-a-year sniper.
Murray has moved out five veterans (Elliott, Fisher, Ruutu, Kelly, and Kovalev), and mostly for draft picks (now the proud owners of an extra first, second, fif...
The Ottawa Senators appear as though they have not yet finished making moves as they announced Tuesday night that they have shipped forward Chris Kelly to the Boston Bruins for a second round draft pick in the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The 30-year old, Toronto native did not score in Tuesdays 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders as he was still with the Ottawa Senators. But, he has 12 goals and 11 assists in 57 games this season.
Kelly has one year remaining on a four-year deal worth 8.5 million, which he signed prior to the 2008-09 season. He will make 2 million next season, after which he will be an unrestricted free agent.
No doubt, a smart trade by the Bruins as Kell...
Robin Lehner gloves an errant puck in NHL action against the New York Islanders January 13, 2011. Lehner earned his first NHL win in the start.
Photo courtesy of NHL.com.
Senators fans had two reasons to smile in December and January, and neither of them had to do with the Ottawa's play.
The 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships saw the emergence of Sens' prospect Robin Lehner as a top junior goaltending talent. To be fair, people "in the know" knew about how good of a prospect he is, but many may have received a rude awakening during the tournament. Just ask the Russians. Sure, they lost the semi-final game to the Russians, but Lehner did manage to shut out the Russians in group p...
While rival fans try to trip up expectations for 'Senchar,' Plekanec takes it literally.
When the Sens signed Sergei Gonchar, there were mixed reactions.
Some pondered whether singing him to a three-year contract at an annual cap hit of $5.5 million was a smart decision, or whether he was simply too old now.
Although it is impossible to analyze the contract after only 20ish games of the first year, Gonchar is indeed performing well so far.
I remember some fans (mostly of rival teams) claiming he would never reach 50 points in Ottawa.
Judging by his 14 points in 21 games, I think the fans are flat-out wrong. Mind you, it is still early in the season, and he may go into a slump,...
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I have watched Nick Foligno's career develop for quite some time. Living in Sudbury, I had the privilege of seeing him develop with the Sudbury Wolves, before making the step up to the NHL with the Ottawa Senators. I am a big fan of his work ethic, his exceptional defensive game, and his gritty playing style. Sens fans have come to expect him to score at least a highlight reel goal or two a year, to work the penalty kill effectively, and to shut down some of the league's top players.
There is talk about whether it will be his break-out season almost every year. Let's take a quick look at the statistics:
Year - GP - G - A - P
07-08 45 6 3 9
08-09 81 ...