Dream Draft Picks

The rumour mill seems to be suggesting that we will have an early June draft with the old lottery format. Whether you love or hate the idea of having the draft before the Stanley Cup (if there is a 2020 Stanley Cup), this decision by the league would be great for the Senators. The team would be guaranteed the 3rd overall pick and will then have either the 1st, 2nd, or 4th to go with it. Since this is a post titled "Dream Draft Picks" I'm going to go with my favourite scenario of the Sens picking 1st and 3rd.

1st Overall - Alexis Lafreniere (LW): This one would be a no-brainer if the team won the lottery. Lafreniere is a dominant force in juniors and looks like he will be a superstar in the NHL. Fingers crossed he doesn't end up like another Alex the Sens took first overall out of the Q....

3rd Overall - Tim Stutzle (LW/C/RW): If Stutzle jumps up to 2nd I will be heartbroken. I think he should go higher than Byfield, but if he doesn't the Sens will get a speedy German to plug into the lineup in the next year or two to help build the depth up front. Imagine this kid between Lafreniere and Batherson? Ridiculous.

(Projected Trade with Devils) 10th Overall - Jack Quinn (RW): The Sens trade back into the Top 10 by giving the Devils the 21st overall pick secured in the Pageau trade, the Blue Jackets 2nd round pick (46th overall) and the TBL 5th (150th overall) and grab a bona fide goal scorer in Jack Quinn, who also has a solid presence in his own end. I think a similar package might be able to pry Buffalo's 7th overall pick away, since they need more picks in the later rounds, but since they're in division, it's unlikely the Sens will be able to get that pick.

33rd Overall - Lukas Reichel (LW/RW): The Sens grab another German at the top of the 2nd round with the big winger and nephew of former NHLer Robert Reichel. Not only will an additional German help top prospect Stutzle feel more comfortable in the organization, but Reichel has the potential to be a Top 6 winger and helps the embarassment of riches the Sens have in the prospect pipeline.

(Projected Trade with Penguins) Tristan Jarry (G) or Matt Murray (G): The Sens give up their second rounder from the Islanders (52nd), Anders Nilsson and Joey Daccord, for one of the proven netminders from the Penguins and Pittsburgh's third round pick (86th overall). This is assuming that teams can trade players at the draft (which I'll admit is unlikely, but this package could still work by swapping a prospect picked here). The Pens are likely to unload one of their young, talented netminders this offseason, and the Sens could pounce and bring in a quality goalie to pair with Hogberg in the NHL, while Mandolese and Gustavsson patrol the crease in the AHL.

53rd Overall - Ozzy Wiesblatt (RW): The Sens pick the talented winger from the Prince Albert Raiders. He's unlikely to make the jump to the NHL for a few more years, but adds another talented piece to the Sens system.

64th Overall - Mike Benning (RD): Right-handed defenceman who scored a ton in the AJHL and is headed to the NCAA next season.

74th Overall - Dmitri Ovchinnikov (LW): Sens dip back into the Russian market for a high-scoring talent from the MHL.

86th Overall - Drew Commesso (G): Sens pick a talented goalie out of the USNTDP who is committed to Boston U next season.

95th Overall - Zayde Wisdom (C): Sens get a talented centre who plays with Shane Wright in Kingston.

158th Overall - Mike Vorlicky (RD): Overage defensive defenceman from the NCAA.

185th Overall - Daniel Baker (LD): Overage big defenceman from Medicine Hat.

Did you read this far? That's amazing! Well I spent a while putting this together, and would love to know what people think, or who else you'd like to see the team draft and/or trade for with their impressive haul of picks this year! At the end of the day, if they get Lafreniere, I'll be one happy Sens fan :)

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