Draft Quirks and Quarks

The Combine started today with a slew of promising soon to be supertsras coming in to see where they might be drafted at and who will get them. The Sens were prominent at the Combine, I've been told they interviewed 3-4 players today and will continue to interview more as the Draft nears.

The last couple of weeks have been slow on Sens' front but with the Draft coming. In all due respect to other prospects, it very well may be Zack Kassian the Sens take. The Sens need a power forward and Kassian is just that. The Bruins took a gamble a few years ago with Milan Lucic and that played out perfectly. Kassian is the same type of player who can get into those dirty zones and give you the shift of his life evry shift. Jordan Schroeder impressed some with his fitness levels today and his speed while in Minnesota really wowed me over. He will take 2-3 years to develop into a more mature NHL player but he's worth it. Think Zach Parise or Nikita Filatov when you tihnk Schroeder.

And then there's Oliver Ekman Larsson, who is a very interesting quota. He's seen his stock jump all over the place, and figures to be drafted anywhere from 7th to 12th. The Sens would like to compliment Erik Karlsson and even though Patrick Wiercioch comes to mind maybe another Swedish defenseman wouldn't hurt. Murray hinted before seasons' end he's been checking out a Swedish defenseman but is the risk worth it?

There's also the possibilty of moving up. I posted yesterday the interest in Colorado's pick, and there is interest there. Believe me, Bryan Murray will do what he feels is rigth to move up in the Draft. Currently I see him targeting MSP who is hot commodity and I have a feeling the Kings may want to move back to get more quality draft picks.


  1. pg said...
    I'm very glad to hear the sens may be looking to move up. It seems as though the top 6-7 guys are game breaker types. if they could nab colorado's pick and take duchene or kane we'd be laughing. If not, kassian is not a top ten player, may not even go top 20, he's a third line guy, 2nd tops. If they want him, they should trade down ten spots. Kane is the rockstar pf in this year's draft, but obviously would take a trade. Hopefully something along the lines of the trade you mentioned yesterday comes to fruition. Anything with heatley going out and a top five pick coming in is alright with me (I do think we should get significantly more, but those are the key elements). I agree with you about schoeder, he's slick and quick, and could very well be a first line guy. I would be happy with ek-lars, but he won't be there at 9. If cowen is there, BM should not hesitate for a second, he's the guy.

    Is the heatley thing actually from a source or is that straight up speculation? I think the trade you mentioned would be okay, (i would do it as is) but I do think we could get more or give less. If our first pick has to go that way, their second should be coming back, but it wouldn't be a deal-breaker for me.
    albanada said...
    Thanks for the reply. The Heatley thing is speculation from a source who says "The Avs need a big, goal-scoring machine, and Heatley is their target. Look for the Sens to get the 3rd overall pick back, but other than that, it's a bit blurry.
    hambown said...
    As I've posted on your previous Heatley to Avs thread, should we move up to 3rd it will be a great deal for the Sens. In that spot I'd take Duchene or Kane, both will be great players in 2-3 years. Get it done BM!

    In an exchange with T-Money on the same thread, I came up with an interesting trade: Dustin Penner to the Sens for Kelly + Schubert (+ Picard?). It's a wash for salaries, Edmonton gets a solid veteran for the PK who can also skate well enough to keep up with their high-tempo offense. They only have four defensemen signed for next season, so they get some inexpensive short-term defensive depth, allowing their defensive prospects another year to develop.

    I know Penner has been a poor fit in Edmonton's offense, so I'm sure he's motivated to turn his career around. Plus the Sens finally get a big power forward who can play ~80 games per season for the next three years. Plus Bryan Murray signed him while in Anaheim, so I'm sure he likes the guy's game. Thoughts?

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