Sens look to deal at draft, eye Oilers' No. 1 pick

The Senators are ready to deal at the draft.

GM Bryan Murray, assistant Tim Murray and director of player personnel Pierre Dorion are listening to all offers as they head to St. Paul, Minn., this week to prepare for the draft beginning Friday.

Speaking to reporters at Scotiabank Place on Monday, Tim Murray said the club will attempt to trade up from the sixth overall pick — and wouldn’t rule out trying to pry the No. 1 selection away from the Edmonton Oilers.

“The decision on whether we can do it has been made. If the scenario works, we will do it,” said Murray.

“We’re certainly willing to move up to No. 3 (held by the Florida Panthers), to No. 1 and if that doesn’t work and we look at our list and we can move down two spots to get more assets to get the same player we like … we’ve gone through this a hundred times, formally and informally. We’ve shown we can manoeuvre picks. That’s what we like to do.”

With six picks — including at No. 6 and 21 in Round 1 — in the first 66 selections, the Senators are in a position of strength. They’ve got assets to play with, including three picks in the second round that can be used to move up.

Murray hasn’t ruled out dealing roster players, either.