Just two years back, the Ottawa Senators have been all about their large draft picks — with two choices amongst the best five.
Who would they get? Tim Stützle and Jake Sanderson, it turned out.
This time about, the query is fewer about who Ottawa could possibly select compared to — will they preserve the pick?
In the days foremost up to Thursday’s NHL draft in Montreal there has been plenty of speculation that the Senators could package their top rated decide (seventh in general) with yet another prospect to obtain a participant to stage into the lineup this fall. There is just as much communicate that the Senators will go after one or each of their targets — a leading 4-defenceman and a major 6 ahead — via free agency.
With the picks that they do use, seem for the Senators to draft a broad combine of forwards and defencemen, and quite possibly a goalie because they didn’t draft one particular very last yr.
In all, the Senators maintain 11 picks, like 5 in the first 3 rounds.
Ottawa 2022 draft picks: Rd 1 (7), Rd 2 (39, 64), Rd 3 (72, 87), Rd 4 (104), Rd 5 (136, 143, 151) Rd 6 (168), Rd 7 (206).
Opportunity Round 1 targets
RW Joakim Kemell, JYP (SM Liiga)
5-10, 185 lbs
GP G A PTS PIM
39 15 8 23 2
Kemell is not the biggest player in the leading 10, but he is one particular of the most skilled. The native of Jyvaskyla, Finland had a very good finish to his time in Liiga, scoring 15 goals and 23 points in 39 game titles. A potent skater and energetic participant, Kemell has the type of offensive applications that can quarterback a electricity participate in. Numerous scouts see Kemell as a prime six NHL winger as he reaches his possible.
C Matthew Savoie, Winnipeg Ice (WHL)
GP G A PTS PIM
65 35 55 90 32
The only other Canadian in the leading 10 other than Shane Wright, Savoie is amid the major three centres of the draft and just might be the most dynamic. Some analysts examine him to Brayden Position of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Like Position, Savoie is an explosive skater, with wonderful fingers and an skill to get to the scoring areas inspite of his compact stature. Relying on how the to start with six picks go, Savoie could be a awesome pickup at No. 7. The Senators have depth at centre with Josh Norris, Stützle and Shane Pinto but Savoie could also slot in on the proper facet. Savoie experienced 34 factors on the power participate in.
D David Jirícek, HC Plzen (Czechia)
6-3, 190 lbs.
GP G A PTS PIM
29 5 6 11 49
We are going to believe that Šimon Nemec, the top rated-rated defenceman in the draft, is absent by the time the Sens select at No. 7. If so, and they are wanting for a D-man with the select, Jirícek would be a strong decision. Three inches taller than the clean-skating Nemec, Jirícek is additional of a shutdown-type defenceman and has a major shot. Jirícek missed some time with a knee damage this time, and acquired a boost from returning to perform for Czechia in the globe championship. Could challenge to a prime-4 defenceman in the NHL.
Last year’s very first spherical decide on: RW Tyler Boucher, 10th all round
The Senators have taken some heat from their followers for picking out Boucher this superior in the 2021 draft, passing above the likes of Cole Sillinger, picked 12th all round by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Sillinger place up 39 factors as a genuine NHL rookie past time although Boucher was seeking to find his footing amongst Boston College and the OHL 67’s.
When I point out the controversy above Boucher to Ottawa’s main beginner scout Trent Mann (promoted last week to assistant general supervisor), Mann can make a couple of factors.
One. Don’t give up on Boucher. He expert accidents to his shoulder and knee and was established back again by contracting COVID-19 final year.
Two. Mann likes the electrical power-forward opportunity of Boucher, who had 22 penalty minutes to go with his 14 points in 24 online games with the 67’s, right after leaving Boston U in mid-period.
Time will inform. The 6-1, 205 pound Boucher is a major hitter with a powerful shot. But he has some catching up to do with some of his 2021 draft mates.
As we talked about off the major, the Senators are in the industry for one particular impression forward and a further on defence. And these priority things are not a little something they truly feel they can handle right in this draft, but in conjunction with it, quite possibly investing a select or picks to improve the crew now.
Mann views this draft as first rate, but not as proficient and leading-heavy as some, this means that a staff could possibly think about dropping again in the draft to just take edge of the depth of picks obtainable. In other words and phrases, a team may possibly do just as very well later on in a more homogenous draft, and could swap out a larger decide on for a present player or prospect.
The overriding thing to consider for the Senators is that they no for a longer period see them selves as the rebuilding group tapping into high draft picks, but relatively a club even further alongside the curve making an attempt to come across people essential complementary pieces to go with a sturdy main led by Brady Tkachuk, Thomas Chabot, Josh Norris and Stützle etc.
After lacking the playoffs for each of the past five seasons, the Sens have a goal of at least contending for a publish-year posture in 2023.