Looking at this defense I think the top 5 or so is a quality top 5 but after that is where the senators are in trouble.
They have a great clear cut number one defenseman in Erik Karlsson and a future hopeful 1B in Jared Cowen but the depth of young defenseman after that is very thin.
Many senators fans this year have been talking this year about Mark Borowieckie coming in next year and playing in the top 6. Now that is very possible but it will most likely be as the number 6 Dman in on the team. Past that I think we really need to draft a good defenseman in the number 15 pick….. ( our last number 15 pick only turned out to be a Norris trophy nominee) so I like our chances in the defenseman deep draft coming up.
Aside from that I think looking at signing either Matt Carl or Ryan Suter would be great. I think the most likely scenario would be Matt Carl.
Another note would be I think it was a mistake to trade Brian Lee for Matt Gilroy I don’t really think it was much of an upgrade. I was starting to see a lot of signs that Lee was turning into a reliable 5th or 6th Dman who could be a possible shut down pair in the future with Cowen.
A great prospect we have that I don’t think many people really know about is Fredrik Claesson. I really believe he has the makings of turning into a good shut down defenseman in the future for the senators and we should keep an eye out for him.
The Prospect in this upcoming draft I would love to see maybe drop right into our laps is Griffin Reinhart. Hes already a big body at 6-4 and about 200 pounds and can fill out even more and turn into our number 3 or 4 defenseman of the future! If it all works out like this in about 3 years I would love to see this defense.
I think this would make for one of the strongest defenses in the NHL. Looking forward to seeing how it all plays out this summer!