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POSTED ON Sunday, 30.06.2013 / 12:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



Follow along with Inside the Senate all day long as we keep you up to date on the latest from the draft floor.

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POSTED ON Friday, 28.06.2013 / 4:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

It appears that Daniel Alfredsson will be back to play another year in the NHL come 2013-14 as he has expressed his desire to play for the Sens next season. As things stand, the captain is an unrestricted free agent.

Here’s what Sens GM Bryan Murray had to say on the situation...

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POSTED ON Friday, 28.06.2013 / 2:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

As we continue to prepare for the NHL Draft here at OttawaSenators.com, we continue to progress in our series of one-on-one interviews with Sens GM Bryan Murray and Sens Director of Player Personnel Pierre Dorion.

In part four of this series we ask Pierre Dorion about his pre-first draft jitters and quiz him on a handful of Sens players that are currently on the roster or working their way through the system after being selected.

You can watch below here and don’t forget to stay tuned as we continue to roll out this series leading up to Sunday....

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POSTED ON Friday, 28.06.2013 / 12:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

It wasn’t an easy 2012-13 season for Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Ryan Pulock but he has found a way to maintain top prospect status nonetheless.

Pulock is a very productive player from the blueline. In 61 games for the Wheat Kings last season he recorded 14 goals and 45 points, which put him in a tie for the team lead in scoring and among the top 20 defensive scorers in the WHL. Prior to this season, Pulock was a member of Canada’s bronze medal winning U18 team, where he had two points in six games.

More below the jump...

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POSTED ON Thursday, 27.06.2013 / 7:45 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

As we continue to prepare for the NHL Draft here at OttawaSenators.com, we continue to progress in our series of one-on-one interviews with Sens GM Bryan Murray and Sens Director of Player Personnel Pierre Dorion.

In part three we talk with Bryan Murray about the evolution of the draft over his time in the NHL, tendencies of teams to draft from certain areas, acquiring Ottawa area talent and if fears of drafting Russian players are still warranted.

You can watch below here and don’t forget to stay tuned as we continue to roll out this series leading up to Sunday....

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POSTED ON Thursday, 27.06.2013 / 4:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

For all of the advances scouting and player development have made, there is still an element to the draft that remains a crapshoot. Any number of factors can come into play over the course of the journey from major junior to the NHL, which have derailed many a prospect.

Mathematically, great strides have been made in recent years to project a player’s production across junior to the NHL. Yahoo!’s junior hockey blog, Buzzing the Net, have a yearly institution called ‘The Jeff Skinner Rankings’ wherein they equivocate a junior player’s season to forecasted NHL production.

Now, this isn’t a hard and fast projection. Nobody is saying “Player X would have scored Y amount of points this season.” It’s simply a measure that tries to demonstrate a player’s development relative to his peers. Consider the following:

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POSTED ON Thursday, 27.06.2013 / 1:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Djurgarden has developed countless quality NHLers to come over from the Sweden -- including current Sens centre Mika Zibanejad -- and it appears that the next top forward to come from the program will be Alexander Wennberg.

Wennberg -- who has been transferred to Erik Karlsson’s Frolunda of the SEL for the 2013-14 season -- put together a solid season for Djurgarden in 2012-13. In 46 games for the Allsvenskan side, he scored 14 goals and added 18 assists for 32 points. What’s more, he lead the team with four game winning goals. He also played for a young Swedish team at the World Juniors where he captured a silver medal and recorded three points in six games.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 27.06.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

The term ‘effortless’ comes to mind when evaluating the game of Modo defenceman Robert Hagg.

At 6-foot-2, 204 pounds, Hagg has a good frame to work with and brings a little bit of everything to the table from the blueline. In his time with the Modo junior squad he brought a strong offensive presence, recording 24 points in 28 games, and was named the league’s best defenceman. He saw that production tail off quite a bit when he joined the big club, however, as he recorded a single assist in 27 games in the SEL. He also captured a silver medal with Team Sweden at the World Juniors where he earned a key shutdown role after being a late addition to the squad.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 27.06.2013 / 12:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Any team looking to add a prototypical power forward to their cupboard will be a taking a good look at Quebec Remparts forward Adam Erne come draft day.

Erne, a 6-foot-1, 195 pound winger, had a quality offensive year in Quebec playing under now-Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy. In 68 games this season he scored 28 goals and added 44 assists to come in at just over a point per game. In the playoffs he recorded five goals and 10 points in 11 games.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 26.06.2013 / 8:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

As we continue to prepare for the NHL Draft here at OttawaSenators.com, we continue to progress in our series of one-on-one interviews with Sens GM Bryan Murray and Sens Director of Player Personnel Pierre Dorion.

In part one of the series we spoke to the pair about their favourite draft memories and the art of scouting itself. Today, our focus shifts to scouting hunches, handling disagreements and what really happened between Murray and former Leafs GM Brian Burke at the 2009 Entry Draft.

You can watch below here and don’t forget to stay tuned as we continue to roll out this series leading up to Sunday....

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