Today, in the depressing orally shit that has become of the Ottawa Senators' season(hey, they won 3-0...against Tampa Bay...clap clap clap), I'll be looking forward to the off-season and draft for the Sens and who might suit up in the black, red, and white next season.
Mike Comrie: Comrie has been re-energized since re-joining the Sens halfway through the season. I expect him to re-sign for a 2-year deal, around 2.5-3 million a year.
Johan Franzen: I think every Sens fan would love to see him in a Sens' uniform next year. He will have offers from his own team in Motown and in almost every team in the NHL, but there is a strong chance he may choose Canada for his next destination.
Ales Kotalik: He's been strong since joining the Oilers at the Trade Deadline. He has a bomb from the point and is excellent in shootouts, something the Sens need to improve. I've actually heard from some sources that Bryan Murray mgiht make a move on him since he's pretty cheap for a winger.
Jay Bouwmeester: It's no secret, every team is interested in him. I am almost 100% certain he'll be coming to Canada and the Sens are a potential suitor. The good thing for GM Bryan Murray is that since the cap is expected to fall, he won't be getting Brian Campbell money, making him more affordable.
Draft Announcers Say...
Simon Despres: Adam Kimmleman had the Sens getting Despres but I can't see it happening. Of course he's an excellent blueliner and has good vision of the hockey rink but the Sens are already stacked up on the defenseman.
Nazem Kadri: Kadri rolled up his sleeves before the OHL season started and it payed off. He has been a huge help for the Knights and has pure, skill, offensive ability. The Sens will be looking for a scoring forward come Draft Day and Kadri fits the bill.
Matt Duchene: Duchene has lighted it up this season and especially when top contenders like Tavares and Hedman havn't looked good in the further parts of the season, duchene's stock has grown. I don't see him dropping this far, but if he did, it is certain Murray will snatch him up because of his ability and his NHL equivalence of former Murray draftee Ryan Getzlaf.
Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi: The reason why the Sens' farm system is weak on the forwards side is their lack of scoring wingers. Paajarvi would be a huge boost and would look good alongside Spezza or O'Brien in the near future.
Jacob Josefson: Another gifted centre who could come in next season and improve the corps but he has been crtiticized for his soft defensive play and work ethic. However, he's a nother Swedish talent his is the NHL equivalent of Pavel Datsyuk. Believe it or not, Josefson might be the guy Murray drafts in June.
Jordan Schroeder: He's close to becoming a Jarome Iginla, and he showed that i nthe World Juniors. He has the best skill level out of the above mentioned and can really light it up. He's been criticized for his skating level but could be a steal for the Sens.
Brayden Schenn: Imagine that folks, Brayden Schenn who is Luke Schenn's younger brother, gets drafted by the Sens. Wouldn't you want to see those two get toe to toe during the Battle of Ontario. Schenn is quick and talented and will remind Sens fans of Antoine Vermette with Schenn's great penalty kill abilities.
Scott Glennie: He's a hard-working winger who has matured so much in the past years. He's very responsible in both sides of the ice and has a strong shot. If Murray opts to go for the hard-working winger, he would fit perfectly on the second line.