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POSTED ON Monday, 24.06.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Rasmus Ristolainen may not be the biggest name defenceman in the Entry Draft this summer, but his pedigree dictates he could be the first of the crop appearing on an NHL team.

Ristolainen has been playing with TPS of the SM-liiga for three seasons now and has outperformed his age by a fair margin. He may not be the most offensively prolific defenceman but he recorded 15 points in 52 games for his team in Finland’s top circuit. He was one of Finland’s stronger players at the last World Juniors with six points in six games.

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POSTED ON Monday, 24.06.2013 / 12:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

It’s no secret that to be amongst the best in your craft you have to work the hardest. Amongst the 2013 Entry Draft crop, you won’t find many who work harder than Medicine Hat Tigers forward Hunter Shinkaruk.

Shinkaruk is an offensive dynamo for the Tigers, impressing many with his strong output even after the graduation of Emerson Etem from the program. At 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, he works hard for the offence he generates and the numbers reflect that effort level. In 2012-13, Shinkaruk recorded 37 goals and 86 points in 64 games during the regular season before adding another three goals and six points in the playoffs. Prior to the season, he made a World U18 appearance with Team Canada in 2011-12, recording four goals and eight points in six games.

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POSTED ON Monday, 24.06.2013 / 12:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

If you’re looking for pure scoring ability in the first round, there aren’t many better options on the board than Anthony Mantha of the Val D’Or Foreurs.

The 6-foot-4, 190 pound winger simply couldn’t stop scoring this season, ranking among the top snipers in all of Canada. In 67 regular season games with Val D’Or, Mantha scored 50 goals and added another 39 assists for 89 points. He added another five goals in nine playoff games for good measure and was named a member of the QMJHL’s Second All-Star team.

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POSTED ON Friday, 21.06.2013 / 2:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

With two Halifax Mooseheads projected to be taken among the top three picks at the 2013 Entry Draft, it only makes sense the first goaltender expected to be taken, Zachary Fucale, should come from that program as well.

Fucale was a rock in the back end of the rink for the Mooseheads, posting a 2.35 GAA and .909 save percentage over 55 regular season games and a 2.08 GAA with a .913 save percentage in 17 playoff games as part of the offensively stacked QMJHL. He backstopped the Mooseheads beyond their QMJHL title at the Memorial Cup and went 3-1, recording a 3.52 GAA and .909 save percentage, the second best and best marks at the tournament respectively en route to the tournament win. He also helped Canada win gold at the Ivan Hlinka tournament with a 2.00 GAA and .925 save percentage in four games.

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POSTED ON Friday, 21.06.2013 / 12:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

The 2013 Entry Draft has a plethora big defencemen who can move well. While he’s not one of the big names that jump out on that list, Ian McCoshen is another player cut out of that mould.

Despite not possessing a lot of flash, McCoshen had a solid year offensively with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. In 53 games for Waterloo, the 6-foot-2, 207 pound defender posted 44 points in 55 games during the regular season and added four points in five games during the playoffs. He has committed to Boston College for 2013-14.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 20.06.2013 / 3:45 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

During the Sens rise to prominence during the late 90s onwards, the foundation of their teams were built on strong drafting, primarily out of Europe. Sixth round pick Daniel Alfredsson is obviously a prime example of this.

Martin Havlat was named the best ever 26th overall pick by NHL.com earlier this month and the Sens can lay claim to another "best ever" pick as Marian Hossa was voted as the best ever 12th overall by the NHL panel.

In 467 career games with the Sens, Hossa was a star, recording 188 goals and 202 assists to total 390 points between 1997 and 2004.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 20.06.2013 / 1:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Inside the Senate will be taking a look at 40 prospects ahead of the Entry Draft on June 30. Up next is Michael McCarron...

If being a professional hockey player was simply about measurements and tipping scales, Michael McCarron -- all 6-foot-5, 228 pounds of him -- would be an NHLer by now. It’ll be a while before he gets there, but he certainly looks the part.

It was an up-and-down year for McCarron, production-wise. In 59 games with the US U18 team he recorded 16 goals and 37 points in 59 games. He saw that point per game rate rise slightly as a member of the USNTDP with five goals and 10 points in 19 games before busting out at the World U18 tournament. In Sochi, McCarron helped bring the USA to a silver medal with five points in seven games.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 20.06.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Inside the Senate will be taking a look at 40 prospects ahead of the Entry Draft on June 30. Up next is Ryan Hartman...

Any teams looking to fill their system with guys who are “hard to play against” will want to take a long look at Plymouth Whalers forward Ryan Hartman.

Hartman is a pesky player who brings some offensive punch to his game as well. In his first OHL season with the Whalers he recorded 60 points in 56 games, and had 120 PIMs to his credit as well. As a member of the Team USA World Juniors team, Hartman had three points in seven games to go with 16 PIMs en route to a gold medal.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 20.06.2013 / 12:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

June 20th will ultimately go down as one of the more significant days in Sens history thanks to Erik Karlsson.

Not only was Erik drafted 15th overall on June 20, 2008; he captured his first career Norris Trophy on June 20, 2012. In many ways, it's reminiscent of Paul MacLean winning his first Jack Adams two years to the day after he was hired as Sens coach.

Rule of thumb from here on out: The more overlap between bringing someone into the organization and award shows, the better.

This picture comes courtesy of the Sens official Instagram account.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 19.06.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Inside the Senate will be taking a look at 40 prospects ahead of the Entry Draft on June 30. Up next is Jacob De La Rose...

The old adage says, “better safe than sorry” and if you’re looking for safe in 2013, Jacob De La Rose is your man.

De La Rose isn’t a big point producer, as evidenced by his 12 points in 38 games for Leksand in the Allsvenskan this past season. At the World Juniors, De La Rose was held off of the scoresheet altogether in six games, though he did record four points in 15 games for the Swedish U20 team in 2012-13. To his credit, however, he was a key cog of a Leksand team that won SEL promotion and a Swedish junior team that captured a silver medal.

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