Sunday Hits – The rest of the picks, Draft Grade, Injury update

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 overallNo 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)


Report Cards!

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.

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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

Injury updates

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.”

-Ottawa Citizen


Big Dreams – The Senators get their man at the draft


Pierre Dorion had said that the cost for the Senators to move into the top 10 at the entry draft would likely be too high for the organization, but the cost to move up one spot (from 12th overall to 11th overall) – a third round draft pick (80th overall) – was worth it to get their man: Logan Brown.

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Brown grew up in the suburbs of Chesterfield, Missouri playing youth hockey in St. Louis and Indiana. Brown has dual – citizenship (American/Canadian) and while he played for Canada at the World U17 two years ago he played for the United States during the World Under-18 Hockey Championship this season.

Logan is the son of former NHL’er, defenseman Jeff Brown, who played from 1985 – 1998. Jeff Brown currently resides in Ottawa and is the head coach of the Ottawa 67’s – while Logan is playing in Windsor with the Spitfires.

Brown was selected 6th overall in the 2014 OHL Priority selection (one spot behind the 12th overall pick the Senators moved to the New Jersey Devils, Michael McLeod) by the Niagara IceDogs, who went to trade him for six draft picks (three second round draft picks, three third round draft picks and a 14th round draft pick) to the Windsor Spitfires.

Windsor Spitfire Vice – President and General Manager Warren Rychel had nothing but good things to say when he acquired Brown.

“He is a kid with unlimited potential, with good size, a lot of skill and a high hockey IQ. This is an exciting day for the organization and our fans. A player like Logan is hard to find.”

In his freshman season with the Spitfires, Brown scored 17 goals and had 26 assists. He scored the seventh most goals among rookies that season, and his 26 assists were third most among Ontario Hockey League rookies.

During the 2015-16 season, Brown scored 21 goals and had 53 assists (10th among OHL players,) with 23 of his assists coming on the power play. Leading up to the draft his size and playmaking ability had scouts gushing.

“He’s still growing, which is amazing because he’s already big as it is, his skating has developed and I just think it will take a little more time for the rest of it to catch up to his body. When he has the confidence and assertiveness to play to his size and play a little more selfishly, then his numbers will rise and good things will begin to happen.”

 Dan Marr, head of NHL Central Scouting

It was these traits that had the Senators gushing too:

In my opinion I think that Logan Brown has a lot of potential – and if he continues to improve his game on and off the ice – he is probably two to three years away from competing for a spot with the Senators. With Colin White and now Logan Brown the Senators are building a nice collection of centers for the future.


Brown is a huge center who excels at both ends of the ice. He can be dominant in the offensive zone but takes care of his own end as well. His large frame is key to his success as he uses his body to shield his puck and his reach to keep it off other players sticks. He is not overly physical for a player his size, but will finish every check and battle down low very effectively. He has a good shot with a pro like release as well as good creativity and maturity when passing the puck. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2016) – Eliteprospects


Thursday Hits: Captain on board, #12, Expansion,

Guy Boucher, the head coach of the Ottawa Senators, will bring a new philosophy to the way the Senators will approach each game and he’s already got someone buying in to what he’s selling: Captain Erik Karlsson. 

“He’s a very smart person and he knows what he wants”

“I think the way (Boucher) formulated things for me was easy to understand and I completely bought into everything he had to say”

-Erik Karlsson

The Record

Just like he said last month, Pierre Dorion expects that the Ottawa Senators will be picking at #12 (assuming they don’t trade the pick for an NHL ready player)

“For us to move away from No. 12, it will take a significant trade”

“I doubt it. That’s why I say if I had to bet, I’d bet on No. 12.”

Ottawa Citizen

Now that the NHL has officially announced there will be a team coming to Las Vegas, the speculations has begun to who each team will lose to the expansion draft.

Each team has two options in the expansion draft:

  • a team can protect seven forwards, three defencemen and a goalie
  • or protect eight skaters (forward and defence) and a goalie.

Like Montreal, Ottawa has three defenceman spots already spoken for by veterans with no-movement clauses. Dion Phaneuf, Erik Karlsson and Marc Methot all have protection, as does forward Bobby Ryan. That will leave the Senators with six more players to protect at forward, and one goalie to choose from Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond.


And the Ottawa Senators Select…


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.

Craig Button TSN

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.

-Tom Dougherty CSNPhilly

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.

-Lyle Richardson the Guardian 

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.

Mike Morreale NHL

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.

-Ryan Lambert Yahoo

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?


Monday hits: Contracts, Draft, Preseason

Show  me the money!

Over at the Ottawa Citizen, Bruce Garrioch had a few interesting bits to report on.
Chance are the Senators will not give defenseman Patrick Wiercioch a $2.7 Million dollar qualifying offer.

“It’s $2.7 million to qualify him. Is he worth that money? Is better off going somewhere else? Of course, we’ve talked with the agent and we’ve talked there’s other situations we can explore and that’s what we’re going to do these next few weeks,”

I’d be surprised if the Senators didn’t get at the very least a later round draft pick for Wiercioch, he’s got NHL experience and while there are certainly flaws in his game with his size I’d be shocked if someone didn’t bite hoping a “change of scenery” is all he needs to elevate his game.
Mike Hoffman and the Senators haven’t yet talked about keeping the winger in Ottawa,.

While he’s certainly been the whipping boy in the past I would guess the two sides come together and hammer something out. A new coach that Hoffman’s had success in the past with and $$$ go a long way to mend wounds.
Cody Ceci’s agent J.P. Barry and Senators GM Pierre Dorion will meet again as they try to work out a deal.

Mad Max

Senators prospect Max McCormick is switching up his off season training regiment in hopes to make see more action with the Senators.

“You want to stay there. I was up and down three different times this year. I think I got my foot in the door, and I have to continue to prove myself and prove that I belong there and play in the NHL full-time.”

Drafted in the 6th round (171) of the 2011 NHL Entry draft, McCormick played 20 games with the Senators this season, scoring twice and adding two assists.

McCormick will be training with players like Joe Pavelski and Tom Gilbert with the University of Wisconsin strength coach Jim Snider.

“I’m training with guys that are more experienced than me and are better players than me, I can kind of chase them, and they’ll push me a little more.”

Green bay press gazette 

Drafting with confidence

For those of you who have little faith in the Senators drafting ability, according  to  Postmedia’s ranking of draft performance since 2005 the Senators earned some top grades.

The Senators were 22nd in draft position and ranked fifth in games played, 11th in points generated.

Toronto Sun


The Senators have announced their pre-season schedule:

2016-17 Ottawa Senators pre-season schedule (all times Eastern)

Monday, Sept. 26: Ottawa vs. Toronto (in Halifax, N.S.) 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 29: Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1: Montreal at Ottawa, 3 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 3: Ottawa at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 4: Toronto vs. Ottawa (in Saskatoon), 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 7: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday Hits – A little of this a little of that

Chlapik recovering nicely

According to The Guardian, Ottawa Senators prospect Filip Chlapik has made steady progress on recovering from an upper-body injury that has kept him sidelined since the second round of the QMJHL playoffs.

Drafted in the second round (48th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry draft, Chlapik had 54 points in 52 games with the Charlottetown Islanders. In 116 QMJHL games, Chlapik has scored 45 goals and picked up 84 assists (129 points.)

Turris “almost” 100%

Speaking to the Ottawa Citizen, Senators forward Kyle Turris had this to say about his high ankle sprain that cut his season short:

“The last two, three weeks have been very good,I  got on the ice for the first time a week ago, and felt good. In training, I’m doing things I could do before so I’m almost back to 100%.”

No Norris for Karlsson?

Over at ESPN, Scott Burnside questions if Erik Karlsson (and his ridiculous 82 points on the season) should win the Norris Trophy. He lists Brent Burns (SJ) and Drew Doughty (LA) as two D-Men up there with Karlsson.