Drafting Skills: Ottawa Senators

Recent Draft History – Evaluating the first 3 rounds of the last 5 Drafts for each team. I’ve left out 2016, as it’s way too early to tell on 95% of the picks. Instead, this will be examining drafts from 2011 to 2015.

Ottawa Senators

2011 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Mika Zibanejad (C) 6th overall – This is the long decent pick by the Sens in round 1. Since being drafted, Zibanejad has put up 188 points in 337 games. There were plenty of better options on the table at this point for Ottawa, especially with Mark Scheifele taken immediately after him. Scheifele is shaping into an elite centre today, while Zibanejad was shipped out for Derrick Brassard, who is at most a #2 centre. Off to a rough start in this draft…

Round 1 – Stefan Noesen (RW) 21st overall – Ottawa got this pick in the Mike Fisher trade, along with the 3rd round pick in 2012 (Maidens). They have since traded Noesen to the Ducks in the Bobby Ryan deal. Noesen has yet to amount to anything in the NHL. He was picked up on waivers earlier this year by the Devils, which isn’t exactly a sign of being a great player. There were plenty of better options available at this point, and Ottawa missed.

Round 1 – Matt Puempel (LW) 24th overall – Ottawa got this pick from Detroit for two 2011 second round picks (one originally from Chicago). Puempel is another pick by the Sens that was claimed off waivers this year, this time by the Rangers. He’s another miss by the Sens in this first round. Overall, having 3 picks in the first round and having none of those players on your team 5 seasons later is not a great sign.

Round 2 – Shane Prince (LW) 61st overall – Yet another player traded by the Sens. Prince now plays for the Islanders, where he plays a bottom-6 role. He has yet to find a scoring touch at the NHL level, and looks like won’t amount to the brilliance he showed in junior.

Round 3 – Pick was traded to Columbus for Nikita Filatov. He played in 9 games for Ottawa, recording only 1 point. Filatov is one of the bigger draft busts in recent history, originally being drafted 6th overall in 2008. The pick Ottawa traded didn’t result in much.

Notes: JG Pageau drafted in the 4th round, Ryan Dzingel in the 7th round. Both of these players are making an impact today for Ottawa.

2012 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Cody Ceci (D) 15th overall – There are many people that believe Ceci is not a top-4 defender, while there are some that believe he is. He’s got awful possession numbers, especially in recent years. He hasn’t developed into what you expect out of a top-15 pick. He doesn’t put up great enough offensive numbers to make-up for his defensive woes. Overall, this wasn’t a good pick by Ottawa.

Round 2 – Pick was traded to Arizona with David Rundblad for Kyle Turris. This was a great trade for Ottawa, as Turris is currently the team’s number 1 centre. Huge steal for the Sens.

Round 3 – Chris Driedger (G) 76th overall – He’s had a whirlwind year, playing at all three levels of pro hockey in the Sens organization. His numbers aren’t great either, with a 0.900 SV% and a GAA of 3.22 in 34 games at the AHL level. I can’t imagine a world where he ends up in the NHL, even at the backup level.

Round 3 – Jarrod Maidens (C) 82nd overall – Maidens suffered a career-ending concussion in 2011. This is a sad story for anyone, especially at such a young age. He was off to a good start, with 23 points in 28 games in the OHL. Tough break for the young man.

2013 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Curtis Lazar (C) 17th overall – There are many that believe Lazar was rushed into the NHL. Some believe he’s not a true NHLer. He was traded this year to Calgary for Jyrki Jokipakka and a 2nd round pick. In 180 NHL games, he has 13 goals. Yikes. Huge miss here by the Sens.

Round 2 – Pick was traded to St. Louis for Ben Bishop. This was a great trade for the Sens, as they only gave up a 2nd round pick to get a goaltender, who in today’s NHL is a clear cut #1. The problem? The Sens then traded Bishop for Cory Conacher…

Round 3 – Marcus Hogberg (G) 78th overall – Hogberg had great numbers this year in the Swedish League. In 33 games, he had a GAA of 1.89 and a SV% of 0.931. Those are amazing numbers for a young goalie. He’s made the transition to North America, so we will see how he fares on the smaller ice surface next year.

2014 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Pick was traded to Anaheim with Jakob Silfverberg and Stefan Noesen, for Bobby Ryan. This is a bad trade for Ottawa. Ryan is overpaid, and the Sens gave up Silfverberg and this pick (Nick Ritchie) for him. Ryan had 25 points in 62 games this year, and is paid $7 million per year. Silfverberg had 49 points in 79 games, while Ritchie had 28 in 77 games. This is a tough pill to swallow for Sens fans.

Round 2 – Andreas Englund (D) 40th overall – Englund plays a very good shutdown role. He will never be a top point producer, but projects as a nice addition to a bottom-2 pairing role. That being said, in 69 games this year he finished with a -18 rating. While I’m a firm believe that the +/- stat is misleading, one would expect a better numbers from a guy known for his defensive ability. He’s likely a year away from a shot at making the team, so he will get another season in the AHL to get used to the smaller ice surface.

Round 3 – Miles Gendron (D) 70th overall – He’s not expected to make his professional debut for another year, as he just finished his second season at the University of Connecticut. When drafted, he was projected as a good puck-moving d-man who can chip in offensively. In his 2nd year at Connecticut, he put up only 11 points in 36 games. The Sens will likely want to see more out of him in his 3rd year.

2015 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Thomas Chabot (D) 18th overall – Chabot won pretty much every award possible this year. The World Juniors were a coming out party for the smooth skating d-man. He played more than half the game for Canada in the finals, and was named MVP of the tournament. He made the game look easy at multiple times this year in the QMJHL, and is a lock to be on the team starting next season. Many fans are foaming at the mouth picturing him playing with Karlsson. This looks like a steal for the Sens at 18th overall.

Round 1 – Colin White (C) 21st overall – White finished up his 2nd year in the NCAA, with 33 points in 35 games. He played in 3 AHL games (3 points), and 3 in the NHL (zero points). He should be a lock to make the team out of camp next year, and the Sens could use his goal scoring touch. With the amount of great players to come out of the 2015 draft, White seems to fit in quite well.

Round 2 – Gabriel Gagne (RW) 36th overall – Gagne made his pro debut this year, playing 41 games in the AHL (6 points), and 19 in the ECHL (11 points). There’s no rush for Gagne, but one would like to see him stick in the AHL if it were to give any indication on what kind of player he can be. He’s a big body at 6’5”, but will need to fill out more as he weighs in under 190 pounds. Overall it doesn’t look like a great pick by Ottawa, especially with Brandon Carlo taken right after – who played in all 82 NHL games this year.

Round 2 – Filip Chlapik (C) 48th overall – A highly-skilled offensive threat, Chlapik just finished his 3rd junior season with 91 points in 54 games. He’s done all he can at the junior level, and will make his pro-debut next season likely in the AHL. He improved big time in production after being drafted, going from 54 to 91 points. The Sens are hoping he can adapt well the pro game, and make an impact at the NHL in the near future.

Round 3 – Pick was traded to Edmonton for Ales Hemsky. He didn’t add much to Ottawa, but they didn’t give up much either. Overall, this is an even trade for both sides.

 

Out of all of these drafts, only 2015 can be looked upon as successful. Outside of that, the Sens have been awful. They’ve had many, many misses in early rounds, and some god-awful trades. There’s no wonder that they’re a team that relies far too heavily on a couple individuals to lead their team to success (Erik Karlsson, Craig Anderson). Fans are surely hoping they can continue the success they had in 2015 and 2016 (Logan Brown looks like a good pick) into 2017. The bad trades continue however, as they only hold their 1st round selection in 2017, after trading both their 2nd and 3rd rounders away.

 

Sources: http://www.hockeydb.com ; http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/c/cecico01-advanced-5on5close.html; http://www.prosportstransactions.com/hockey/DraftTrades/Years/index.htm

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