Big Dreams – The Senators get their man at the draft

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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

 

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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.

CTV

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

Pre-Season!

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.

Sunday Hits: Weekend roundup

Tourigny back behind the bench.

Former Assistant Coach of the Ottawa Senators, Andre Tourigny, has agreed to jump back behind the bench, this time as a Head Coach.

Tourigny, hired by the Senators on July 3rd 2015 and fired May 2nd 2016, has returned to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) to coach the Halifax Mooseheads.

Prior to his NHL stint, Tourigny spent 2002 to 2013 with the Rouyn – Noranda Huskies, winning the Ron Lapointe Trophy (coach of the year) during the 2005 – 2006 season.

Boudreau interested in the Sens?

The Senators could probably have another name now on their list, Bruce Boudreau.

Sportsnet’s Mike Johnson recently wrote that the Ottawa Senators are believed to be interested in acquiring the services of recently fired head coach Bruce Boudreau.

With 8 division titles, and over 680 NHL games coached, Boudreau is certainly one of the more experienced coaches that have been linked to the Senators.

Chances are that Sen’s stand pat at the draft

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun recently wrote a column about the 2016 NHL Entry draft and how newly hired Senators GM Pierre Dorion plans to approach the draft.

While Dorion didn’t dismiss the possibility of trading the Senators 1st round draft pick (12th overall), he had this to say:

At the end of the day, if I had to predict where we’re going to pick in Buffalo, I’d probably have to say we’re going to pick 12th.

Q – Round up : Gagne vs. Perron

2015 Second round draft pick Gabriel Gagne  picked up an assist (9 goals, 10 assists in the playoffs thus far) in a 6 – 3 win over 2015 first round draft pick Thomas Chabot (3 goals, 18 assists) and the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Gagne and the Shawinigan Cataractes won the series 4 – 1 and moved on to play for the President Cup.

2014 Seventh round draft pick Francis Perron picked up 2 goals and had an assist (10 goals, 14 assists in 13 GP) in a 5 – 4 come from behind win over Senator prospect Cody Donaghey and the Moncton Wildcats.

Donaghey had 2 assists in the loss and finished his playoff season with 1 goal and 7 assists in 17 gp.

Perron and the Rouyn – Noranda Huskies took the series 4 – 2 and moved on to play for the President Cup.