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Ottawa Senators Select Andreas Englund 40th Overall

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With their first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Senators took Andreas Englund

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We had to wait until Day 2 of the NHL Draft for our first selection to be made, but it was worth the wait. The Senators have selected Andreas Englund from Stockholm, Sweden with the 40th overall pick.

The 6'3" 190 lbs defensive defenseman who currently plays for Djurgarden won't be putting up a ton of points for the Sens, but he'll definitely help keep the puck out of their net.

Last Word on Sports has the following to say about him:

What you see is what you get from Andreas Englund. His game isn’t fancy, but it is effective. He has very good size and loves to throw his weight around as he can be extremely physical and throw some bone crunching checks on the back-end. He has a real mean streak. He clears the front of the net, and is always battling for the puck in the corener. Englund is very solid defensively. He has a good active stick, cuts down passing lanes and is willing to block shots. He is very difficult to beat one-on-one, and has been very good on the penalty kill.

Englund has very good mobility for his size. He is a smooth skater with good speed in both directions. His first step and acceleration are also very good. Englund has good edgework, a good first step, and solid agility which allows him to keep himself in front of attackers and makes him difficult to beat one-on-one. He is also solid on his skates, showing good balance, which helps him to win his battles on the boards.

The Senators have had great success drafting from Sweden, so I am very optimistic for Andreas Englund's future with the team.