Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray looking to move up from No. 17 spot at NHL draft in New Jersey
Bryan Murray has tried to reach for the top.
He hasn’t had any luck.
The Senators GM confirmed Tuesday he’s attempted to get into the top 10 of Sunday’s NHL entry draft at Prudential Center in New Jersey, but right now it looks like the club will have to be content with selecting 17th overall.
While lots of teams want to move up, nobody is any hurry to slide back because — despite the media hype — this draft isn’t as deep as all the experts have made it out to be.
“I think it will be difficult to move up from the indications I’ve gotten,” said Murray in his pre-draft availability Tuesday at the Canadian Tire Centre. “I’ve talked to a number of teams now and they haven’t even given me a price to move up.
“As I’ve been told by a couple of managers, ‘It’s hard to move back to No. 17 from where we are.’ Maybe on the day of the draft somebody will come and say, ‘If you give me X player I would consider it.’ I haven’t been given that option so far.”
Like every year, Senators assistant GM Tim Murray, player personnel director Pierre Dorion and the scouting staff are prepared to select at their current spot, but they’ll also be ready to switch gears if Ottawa does happen to make a last-minute deal.
The Senators are confident they’ll get a good player if they do stay at No. 17. The Senators had four prospects in town earlier this month for testing — including Quebec Remparts forward Adam Erne and Windsor Spitfires forward Kerby Rychel.