2016 NHL Entry draft recap
The Ottawa Senators used their second round draft pick (42 overall) to select Jonathan Dahlen. Listed at 5’11” and weight 176lbs, the left handed shooting center led Timra First Division in goals (15) and points (29) with 14 assists last season.
He also led Sweden in scoring at the Ivan Hlinka under-17 tournament with five points (four goals one assist) in five games.
Son of former NHL’er Winger Ulf Dahlen – who recorded 655 points (301 goals and 354 assists) in 906 career NHL games – the Senators believe they got a steal at this pick.
“We weren’t sure he was going to be there and that’s the guy we had targeted at 42,” said Senators chief amateur scout Bob Lowes. “To be able to get him, we were really excited. His dad played at six foot two and we still believe he’s going to top out at six foot one. He’s still very raw as well.”
The Senators traded their third round draft pick (plus first round draft pick 12th overall) to move up to 11th pick overall – No pick
In the fourth round (103 overall) the Ottawa Senators selected Todd Burgess. Listed at 6’2” and weighing 179 pounds with a right handed shot, the Peoria, Arizona, native has played both center and the right wing.
Playing in the NAHL (North American Hockey League) for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Burgess led the league in goals (38) assists (57) and points (95) in 60 games played. He also ranked first in power play goals (18), was second in power play assists (25), and was in the top 5 for plus/minus (+27) and game winning goals (7).
“I don’t think guys in the NHL know what his ceiling is. A lot of guys, you know what their ceiling is. They’re kind of maxed out. I don’t think Todd’s even come close to maxing out what his ceiling is going to be.” – Ice Dogs General Manager Rob Proffitt
In the fifth round (133 overall) the Ottawa Senators selected Maxime Lajoie. Listed at 6’0” and weighing 181 pounds, Lajoie is a left handed two – way defenseman, who played with the Swift Current Broncos in the Western Hockey League.
In 62 games with the Broncos this season, Maxime led all defensemen with 8 goals and 29 assists and had the fifth most points on the team.
A competitive two-way defenceman that earns his ice time and strives to be a difference-maker. Excellent skating technique: naturally mobile and able to start and stop on a pin’s head. Displays a deceptively accurate shot and is creative on the power play. Proficient playmaker and spots seams in traffic quickly. His habitually conservative style of play in his own end lets him make quick, high percentage decisions with and without the puck. Reacts to different pressure situations with poise and analyzes the situation very quickly to determine the right play to make. All-in-all, a versatile two-way defenceman that keeps his own game in check and plays to the extent of his capabilities. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
The Draft is over, and before we get to free agency it’s time to find out which scouts did a “good” job and who missed the mark.
Ottawa Senators | Grade: B+
The Senators were the last Canadian team to pick in the first round, but they helped their cause a little bit by trading up one spot and taking 6-foot-6 Logan Brown (11th overall), a pass-first centre who led Windsor with 53 assists this year.
Ottawa has been criticized for conceding too much to its players, and that same argument can be made even before selecting Logan Brown at No. 11. Few doubt Brown will be an impact pro, and he possesses the qualities this team needs, but that doesn’t change the fact this is an asset management league.
The Senators showed a level of skittishness on draft night, and it cost them a future asset. New Jersey’s willingness to even entertain the idea of trading down one spot should have been enough of a tell that they planned on going in another direction at No. 11.
Grade: C+ the score
The Senators were looking for forward help. They got the best available in Brown and drafted accordingly in the later rounds.
Grade: B bleacher report
New Senators coach Guy Boucher had a chance to sit down with forward Clarke MacArthur.
“He’s healthy. That’s a huge part of the puzzle for this team. Gigantic. You can’t imagine,” Boucher said. “The players are unanimous about how important he is not just on the ice but off the ice. He makes this team jell. He plays the right way and has the guts to say the right thing when it matters.”