Roster Overview: AKA Murray & Dorion Have Been Busy

The word rebuild in Ottawa was once met with utter disdain, a move promising several years of misery. Instead it has given some of the most intense struggles and victories for the Ottawa Senators franchise. Credit must go towards the drafting and roster moves of the Murray Management team in overhauling the roster. Since the draft has now been completed, I wanted to review our depth at all positions.

Left Wing

Milan Michalek (Acquired by Murray)

Cory Conacher (Acquired by Murray)

Colin Greening (Drafted by Muckler)

Matt Kassian (Acquired by Murray)

Mike Hoffman (Drafted by Murray as a center, but has played predominantly LW)

Matt Puempel (Drafted by Murray)

Cole Schneider (Signed by Murray)

Shane Prince (Drafted by Murray)

David D. (Signed by Murray)

Jakub Culek (Drafted by Murray)

Corey Cowick. (Drafted by Murray)

Jarrod Maidens (Drafted by Murray)


As of now, Ottawa has 3 legit NHL Left Wingers (4 if you consider Kassian an everyday player). On the prospect front they have one blue chipper in Puempel, 3 potential scorers in Schneider, Hoffman and Prince, 2 grinders in Dizzy and Cowick and Culek struggling to be relevant. Maidens will require more time to judge. Well the left side has been constructed entirely under Murray, his drafted left wingers have yet to make a deep impact.


Jason Spezza

Kyle Turris (Acquired by Murray)

Zack Smith (Drafted by Murray)

Mika Zibanejad (Drafted by Murray)

JG Pageau (Drafted by Murray)

Stephane Da Costa (Signed by Murray)

Jim O'Brien (Drafted by Murray)

Wacey Hamilton (Signed by Murray)

Pat Cannone (Signed by Murray)

Derek Grant (Drafted by Murray)

Robert Baillargeon (Drafted by Murray)

Curtis Lazar (Drafted by Murray)

Quentin Shore (Drafted by Murray)


What immediately stands out is of the players down the middle, every one outside of Spezza has been drafted or added by Murray. As of now, we have 5 NHL Centers and a tweener in JOB. Shore and Baillargeon are years away from being judged. Whereas on the Left Wing many assets have yet to mature and impact, down the middle conclusions can be drawn depth wise. Hamilton and Cannone are not NHL players. Grant projects to a fourth liner at best. Da Costa has the skills but may not have the body to handle the NHL. Ottawa does have a blue-chipper in Lazar but he may also be used at RW.

Right Wing


Chris Neil

Jakob Silfverburg (Drafted by Murray)

Erik Condra (Drafted by Muckler)

Mark Stone (Drafted by Murray)

Stefan Noesen (Drafted by Murray)

Andre Petersson (Drafted by Murray)

Buddy Robinson (Signed by Murray)

Curtis Lazar (Drafted by Murray)

Tobias Lindberg (Drafted by Murray)

Chris Leblanc (Drafted by Murray)


The only position currently not heavily constructed by Murray, with Neil and Alfie being veteran mainstays on the roster. Ottawa has only 4 natural right wingers in the NHL ranks with a blue chip prospect in Noesen (possibly Lazar as well) and a highly touted prospect in Stone ready to make the jump. Petersson can score, but injuries have jeopardized development. Robinson, Lindberg and Leblanc are likely years away from making an impact.


Erik Karlsson (Drafted by Murray)

Mark Methot (Acquired by Murray)

Jared Cowen (Drafted by Murray)

Chris Phillips

Eric Gryba (Drafted by Muckler)

Patrick Wiercioch (Drafted by Murray)

Mark Borowiecki (Drafted by Murray)

Cody Ceci (Drafted by Murray)

Fredrik Claesson (Drafted by Murray)

Ben Blood (Drafted by Murray)

Troy Rutkowski (Signed by Murray)

Michael Sdao (Drafted by Murray)

Chris Wideman (Drafted by Murray)

Tyler Eckford (Acquired by Murray)

Mikael Wikstrand (Drafted by Murray)

Tim Boyle (Drafted by Murray)

Ben Harpur (Drafted by Murray)

**Not bothering to seperate LD from RD.


To say Murray has drafted and reconstructed the Senators' defence is an understatement. Phillips is the only remaining D from the previous era, and Gryba the only draft pick from it. Methot was acquired to improve the NHL roster and Eckford similarly at the AHL level. Every other defenceman or prospect has been signed and drafted by Murray. A clear strategy of building though the back end is clear.


Craig Anderson (Acquired by Murray)

Robin Lehner (Drafted by Murray)

Andrew Hammond (Signed by Murray)

Chris Dreidger (Drafted by Murray)

Francois Brassard (Drafted by Murray)

Marcus Hodberg (Drafted by Murray)


Combined with the strategy on defence, a strategy of building from the back end out is apparent. Craig Anderson has given us a long coveted No.1 goalie and Lehner has all the makings of a star. Behind them are four separate goalie prospects who as of now will be given ample time to develop.

Overall Conclusion:

As of now, only 4 roster players from the previous regime remain. (Alfie, Spezza, Phillips, Neil) Of the previous administration, 3 more draft picks have made an impact (Soylent, Condra, Gryba). Everybody else has been signed, drafted or acquired by Murray. Obviously not every player will pan out (as we are already seeing) but the management group has developed numerous assets at every position.

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