Ottawa Senators’ Draft Preview

Heading into the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the Ottawa Senators may be looking to make some splashes. Find out who John Muckler may trade, who he might get in return and Ottawa’s potential selections.The Senators possess the 23rd pick overall, however they may be looking to move up in the draft. In a perfect world, the Senators would acquire a large left-winger or another defenseman. A possible deal could be made with the Florida Panthers. It is being rumored that Mike Keenan is shopping his pick for veteran help. It is widely known that both he and Jacques Martin like Radek Bonk, and Bonk is one of the Senators rumored to be on the move. A possible deal would send Florida’s 7th overall pick to Ottawa in exchange for forward Radek Bonk and Ottawa’s 23rd pick. The Senators would then use the pick to select Andrew Ladd from the Calgary Hitmen. However, if he is not available other possible draftees include Robbie Schremp from the London Knights or defenseman A.J Thelen from Michigan State University.

Another possible deal could be made with the Atlanta Thrashers. They possess the 10th pick but are apparently looking for a center or a defenseman. Radek Bonk would fit their desires. Should Ottawa acquire the 10th pick, they could possibly look to draft centre Rostislav Olesz, defenseman Boris Valabik, right winger Drew Stafford or left winger Alexandre Picard.

Should Ottawa stay at the 23rd position, there could still be several good players available. Centre Bruce Grahame, center/right winger Dave Bolland, and defenseman Jeff Schultz are possibilities. Also, LW Wojtek Wolski could be available and if he is, I’d expect Ottawa to draft him.

Ottawa could also make some roster moves on draft day. Both Radek Bonk and Patrick Lalime could be used as trade bait. While I do not fault Lalime for the playoff loss and still believe he is a capable goalie, he may need a change of scenery. Vancouver, the Rangers or the Blues could all be suitors. This is even more likely with rumors swirling that Dominik Hasek will sign with the Senators. However, if Muckler feels that Hasek may not be the right fit, Ottawa may make a pitch for Kevin Weekes who is rumored to be on the move.

Well, it looks like this could be a very interesting draft day for the Ottawa Senators. There could be moves made, however it is also possible that Saturday and Sunday could be very quiet. With the uncertainty of the CBA, there might be little action on all fronts.

These rumors were found on Spectors Rumors, Sportsnet.ca and thescore.ca. Some of them were also discussed on Team 1200.

Enjoy Draft Day.

The Coach.