Ottawa Senators select D Ben Harpur 108th overall

With their second fourth-round selection (108th overall) the Ottawa Senators have selected defenseman Ben Harpur.

The first defenseman chosen by the Senators is beast. Standing 6'5" and weighing 210 pounds, Ben Harpur is a pretty large fellow. Outside of Erik Karlsson, it's pretty clear that the Senators are looking to build a large blueline.

Harpur's stats so far:

What do you need to know about him? Here's a scouting report from the New England Hockey Journal:

Huge, toolsy rearguard has a lot to like, but the hockey sense is what keeps him down lists lower than his talent would dictate. Massive, at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Harpur will only get stronger as he physically matures and fills out. He has decent speed for his size, but his footwork and transitions are still a work in progress: has trouble with shiftier, more elusive opponents who can get inside position on him or catch him flat-footed at times. A physical presence who uses his big body to staple opponents to the boards or keep the front of his net clear, he also uses his long reach and an active stick to thwart scoring chances. Scouts question the vision and instincts, saying he tries to do too much and gets caught running around. There is some untapped potential in a player like Harpur, but given how raw he is at this stage, any team that drafts him will have the long view in mind.

Red Line Report says: "Like Kate Upton; great body, limited between the ears."

Harpur was also named a "player to watch" by NHL Central Scouting.

Clearly a project at this point in time, Harpur is not going to play in the National Hockey League anytime soon, but he does fit the team's supposed plan of looking for home run players in the middle rounds. Harpur has the frame to be a stud. He'll need a lot of development to fulfill that promise, though.

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