Ottawa’s all-time draft group: No room for No. 1 busts
The Ottawa Senators have had the No. 1 total choice 3 times of their 28-year existence, however solely a type of picks was adequate to make the franchise’s all-time all-drafted group.
Which is to say, Chris Phillips turned out simply wonderful as a defensive defenseman, whereas Alexandre Daigle famously underachieved and Bryan Berard’s profession was derailed by a devastating eye harm.
Fortuitously for the Senators, they’ve typically been astute on the draft desk, making up for high-profile misses akin to Daigle by persistently discovering high quality gamers within the later rounds. To that time, Ottawa plucked Pavol Demitra 226 picks after taking Daigle first total in 1993. Demitra simply missed out on making the Sens’ all-drafted group – we went with Mika Zibanejad because the fourth-line middle – however Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Hoffman and Magnus Arvedson have been fifth-round picks, Mark Stone was a sixth-rounder and Sami Salo and Brian Elliott have been taken within the ninth spherical, which doesn’t even exist anymore. Elliott, in truth, was the second-last participant chosen, 291st total, again in 2003.
So, who made the Sens’ all-time all-drafted group? Let’s get into it.
On the primary line, longtime operating mates Jason Spezza and Alfredsson are reunited, with pure sniper Hoffman becoming a member of them at left wing. Spezza’s the passer, Hoffman’s the shooter, Alfredsson does each of these issues plus the whole lot else. The second line options oft-controversial middle Alexei Yashin – who, like Spezza, was a No. 2 total choose in his respective draft 12 months – between newly minted Corridor of Famer Marian Hossa and Magnus Arvedson on the left aspect. Like the primary line, this trio ought to produce loads of targets, with Hossa and Arvedson additionally providing superior two-way play.
There was no scarcity of checking facilities for the third line, however how might it’s anybody however Mike Fisher? He will get the nod over Antoine Vermette (55th, 2000), Radek Bonk (third, 1994), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (96th, 2011), Brooks Laich (193rd, 2001) and Chris Kelly (94th, 1999). Fisher has very good all-around assist, too, with Stone at proper wing and Nick Foligno on the left aspect. Stone’s a game-breaker, Fisher is a drive in all three zones and so they don’t come extra sincere than the gritty Foligno.
The fourth line seems extra like an up-and-coming first line, with Zibanejad establishing ultra-skilled (however ultra-injury-prone) Martin Havlat at proper wing and Brady Tkachuk on the left. As talked about, it was Zibanejad over Demitra by a nostril, with Havlat beating out Jakob Silverberg (39th, 2009), Daigle (first, 1993), Chris Neil (161st, 1998), Andreas Dackell (136th, 1996) and Patrick Eaves (29th, 2003). Tkachuk, with simply two years of NHL expertise beneath his belt, would possibly look like a little bit of a stretch on an all-time group, however Ottawa hasn’t hit too many dwelling runs at left wing on the draft desk. Tkachuk’s solely actual competitors for the spot was Zack Smith (79th, 2008), who has one 20-goal season in 10 NHL campaigns, whereas Tkachuk is 2-for-2 in that regard.
On the blueline, the highest pairing is sorted with Erik Karlsson and Phillips. Karlsson is the catalyst for the group’s offense, whereas Phillips units the usual on the defensive aspect. The second pair sees grasp blaster Salo with shot-blocking bodychecker Anton Volchenkov. Only a large, bodily duo that is aware of the best way to shut issues down, plus Salo’s slapshot is a fearsome weapon. The third pairing is a lower-case high pair, with Karlsson understudy Thomas Chabot matching up with Andrej Meszaros in one other offense-defense combo. Berard (first, 1995), Cody Ceci (15th, 2012) and Tim Gleason (23rd, 2001) additionally made the brief checklist on ‘D.’
The goaltending place was essentially the most troublesome to gauge. To be blunt, the Senators haven’t had a lot success drafting netminders. Solely as soon as have they taken a goalie within the first spherical, and Mathieu Chouinard (15th, 1998) didn’t pan out, taking part in one recreation within the NHL.
It got here down to a few stoppers: Elliott, Ray Emery and Robin Lehner. You may make a reputable case for all three because the all-time all-drafted group’s No. 1 netminder – similar to you may make the case for all three that they need to be the No. three man. Ultimately, we went with the longest-serving and most confirmed of the bunch, and it’s Elliott. He has by far essentially the most profession wins in addition to one of the best goals-against common. For the backup job, the selection was Emery over Lehner – Emery, in spite of everything, was the starter throughout the Sens’ lone run to the Stanley Cup ultimate in 2007, plus he has a a lot better profession profitable proportion than Lehner. After all, this leaves Lehner (46th, 2009) on the surface, regardless of the actual fact he was a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2018-19 and his profession save proportion (.918) is considerably higher than that of Elliott (.912) and Emery (.906). Once more, this was a troublesome one to determine, and if you wish to go together with the rising Lehner as your starter on this group, there received’t be any argument from this nook.
Right here’s a take a look at Ottawa’s all-time all-drafted group. The 20-player lineup is predicated on gamers’ complete NHL physique of labor.
CENTERSJason Spezza (2nd, 2001)Alexei Yashin (2nd, 1992)Mike Fisher (44th, 1998)Mika Zibanejad (sixth, 2011)
RIGHT WINGERSDaniel Alfredsson (133rd, 1994)Marian Hossa (12th, 1997)Mark Stone (178th, 2010)Martin Havlat (26th, 1999)
LEFT WINGERSMike Hoffman (130th, 2009)Magnus Arvedson (119th, 1997)Nick Foligno (28th, 2006)Brady Tkachuk (4th, 2018)
DEFENSEMENErik Karlsson (15th, 2008)Chris Phillips (1st, 1996)Sami Salo (239th, 1996)Anton Volchenkov (21st, 2000)Thomas Chabot (18th, 2015)Andrej Meszaros (23rd, 2004)
GOALIESBrian Elliott (291st, 2003)Ray Emery (99th, 2001)
Tags: ottawa senators, draft, nhl, nhl draftConnect: Concerning the AuthorSam McCaigCopy editor Sam McCaig rejoined The Hockey Information in 2017 after beforehand working at THN from 1999 to 2010. His profession excessive for targets in a season is one.