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.