A collection of mock drafts predicting who the Ottawa Senators will select in the 1st round 12th overall…
With the 12th pick, the Ottawa Senators take defenceman Jakob Chychrun. His outstanding skating helps him make a real impact with the transition game and jumping in on an offensive attack — a lot like Pittsburgh’s Trevor Daley.
12. Ottawa Senators — Clayton Keller (C, 5-10/170, USNTDP)
Keller has all the making of being the next great American hockey player in this draft not named Auston Matthews. He’s ridiculously skilled and always has the puck on his stick. Will be a favorite in Ottawa.
12. Ottawa Senators (Kristopher Bras) – Jake Bean, D, Calgary Hitmen
The Ottawa Senators could use help at left wing and at center, but Logan Brown is already taken and the general feeling in Ottawa is that the team will need to sign a left winger that can help right away. What the team really needs is defensemen that can fit in with the up-tempo puck possession style that any team with Erik Karlsson, Cody Ceci and a developing Thomas Chabot needs to run in order to be successful. The team already has a few very potential shutdown defenders developing overseas (Andreas Englund and Christian Jaros), so the team could use another puck-mover – and that is Jake Bean. He is the most talented young defenseman in the WHL, and his offensive tools will make the Senators an intimidating opponent to face if they can keep their defensive core together and if Chabot continues to develop as planned. Those are high-percentage ‘ifs.’ Like Chabot, he is extremely responsible defensively as well.
12. Ottawa Senators – Tyson Jost, centre.
Jost can play centre or left wing. Though a small forward, he’s very competitive, possesses leadership ability and a strong work ethic.
12. Ottawa Senators – Jake Bean, D, Calgary (WHL)
Bean (6-0, 173) led Western Hockey League defensemen with 24 goals and had 64 points in 68 games. The left-shot defender is considered one of the smartest defensemen in the draft.
12. Ottawa Senators select Charlie McAvoy (defense, Boston University, Hockey East)
Got a chance to see plenty of McAvoy, a big, physical puck-mover who loves to play with the puck in the attacking zone. He was very impressive. As any 17/18-year-old playing against physically mature 24/25-year-olds might, he occasionally struggled in his own zone, but when he made solid body contact, he got himself in trouble with officials, for hitting too hard.
A couple forwards (Jost and Keller), but for the most part people have pegged the Ottawa Senators down as drafting a defenseman. My guess is they go with either Jost, McLeod,or even a project like Brown if any of them are available when it comes time for the Senators to make their first round pick.
Who do you think the Senators select at #12?