MONTREAL — It won’t take long for the Ottawa Senators to get first-hand looks at most of the prospects they selected on Friday, Day 2 of the National Hockey League draft at the Bell Centre.
Eight of the nine players taken by the organization will arrive in town Sunday and are scheduled to participate in the club’s development camp, which gets under way Monday at the Canadian Tire Centre.
It will be the first time since July 2019 that the Senators have been able to get some of their top prospects in one place. There will be approximately 30 players on hand, including top prospects Jake Sanderson, Ridly Greig and 2021 first-round selection Tyler Boucher.
CAPSULE LOOKS AT WHO THE SENATORS SELECTED FRIDAY
No. 64 (Round 2): Filip Nordberg, D
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 207 lbs.
Sodertalje, Jr. (Sweden)
2021-22: 42 GP 6-21-27 PTS 88 PM
CHIEF EUROPEAN SCOUT MIKKO RUUTU SAYS: “He’s a big guy and he’s a physical player. He’s a young kid and he needs time, but his frame is so good. He has skill and he can shoot the puck also, so there’s a lot of things to like about him. We had a couple of names there and, to be honest, he was right there. His strengths will be in the defensive zone.”
No. 72 (Round 2): Oskar Pettersson, RW
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 198 lbs.
Rogle, Jr. (Sweden)
2021-22 STATS: 46 GP 25-11-36 PTS 26 PM
ASSISTANT GM TRENT MANN SAYS: “He has size and he’s a kid whose skating has improved immensely. He shoots the puck really hard, and he goes to all areas that you want for somebody to score goals. He’s a quality kid. I really think you’re getting the whole package with this kid. We can get some goal scoring, some size and some net-front presence. He has the ability to win and he’ll play hard in all three zones.”
No. 87 (Round3): Tomas Hamara, D
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 185 lbs.
Tappara, Jr. (Finland)
2021-22 STATS: 24 GP 0-2-2 PTS 8 PM
ASSISTANT GM TRENT MANN SAYS: “Hamara is a mobile puck-moving guy. He’s very calm and very efficient in his game. He plays the game hard as well and he can defend. He’s a 6-foot guy and he’s smart enough to understand that he’s not there to pound bodies. He’s there to move pucks, and he does it extremely well.”
No. 104: Stephen Halliday, C
HT:: 6-0 Wt: 185 lbs.
SCOUT BOB JANECYK SAYS: “Stephen is a big body, very strong skater. He’s got a terrific set of hands, a good shot and good hockey sense.” Halliday has committed to go to Ohio State University next year after playing in the USHL. Mann added he has “high offensive abilities” and “he’s just a kid we’ve kept an eye on for the last year. We like where he’s at right now.”
No. 136: Jorian Donovan, D
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 182 lbs.
2021-22 STATS: 64 GP 3-19-22 PTS 29 PM
SCOUT DON BOYD SAYS: “He’s got size, he’s got the ability to skate and he’s got a pedigree. He can move the puck, he’s got offence in his game and he’d prefer to play that game. At this point in time, he’s proven that he’s got an ability to lead the play and go up the ice with the puck. He needs experience and he needs repetitions That’s what we hope he’s going to be able to get over the next two years in junior.”
No. 143: Cameron O’Neill, RW
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 182 lbs.
Mount St. Charles (USHL)
2021-22 STATS: 62 GP 57-76-133 PTS 23 PM
SCOUT TODD STIRLING SAYS: “He’s a good size player who has room to grow. He’s got a lot of skills with the ability to score goals. I think he’ll develop into a good power forward when he matures.” O’Neill has committed to go to University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 2023-24 and will spend next year in the USHL. “He’s got offensive potential but he also plays the game hard,” Mann added. “If a kid doesn’t play the game hard, they don’t ever reach their potential.”
No. 151: Kevin Reidler, G
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 176 lbs.
AIK Jr. (Sweden)
2021-22 STATS: 11 GP 7-4-0 3.13 GAA .910 save-percentage
CHIEF EUROPEAN SCOUT MIKKO RUUTU SAYS: “He’s been playing under-18 hockey, but he’s a bigger guy and he’s a really big, athletic kid. With those tools, he has a chance to be something someday in the NHL. With goalies you have to give them time, but, with this guy, he has tools and character, so it will be nice to see where he goes.” Goalie coaches Zac Bierk and Justin Peters both scouted Reidler to give their input.
No. 168: Theo Walberg, D
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 187 lbs.
Skelleftia Jr. (Sweden)
2021-22: 46 GP 2-21-23 PTS 34 PM
ASSISTANT GM TRENT MANN SAYS: “He’s a bigger kid that skates really well. As far as defencemen in this draft, he’s probably one of the stronger skaters. He has a lot of puck skills. He’s probably just a little bit inconsistent. If he hits on the offence, and, based on his skating, I think we’re going to see a ton of potential there.”
No. 206: Tyson Dyck, C
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 168 lbs.
2021-22 STATS: 54 GP 34-41-75 PTS 59 PM
SCOUT GEORGE FARGHER SAYS: “Tyson’s a very offensive player and he’s very good with the puck. He handles the puck well, moves it well and he’s got a really good stick. He shows really good offensive upside in his game. He’s going to college next year at UMass at Amherst under (former Senators assistant) Greg Carvel.” Mann added that, when Fargher called Dyck to let him know he was drafted, he was just heading on the ice for a skate.