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POSTED ON Wednesday, 26.06.2013 / 12:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Fans who were hoping their favourite team would take a versatile forward in round one this year had their eyes opened the first time they saw Bo Horvat play.

While he didn’t post outrageous numbers with the London Knights this season, Horvat had a solid offensive campaign for his OHL Championship squad. In 67 games for London in 2012-13, Horvat recorded 61 points and added another 23 in 21 games come playoff time, scoring more goals than any other player in the OHL playoffs. He was also a star for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament, recording four points in five games.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 25.06.2013 / 1:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

If you’re looking for the Sens to keep it all in the family on draft day, Andre Burakowsky is your man. His father, Robert, was a member of the Sens during the 1993-94 season. Now Andre is poised to be a first round selection.

It was a tough year on the scoresheet for Burakowsky as he was stuck in a middle ground between Malmo’s junior and senior circuits. In 13 games for the junior squad, he was very strong, recording three goals and four assists. However, he struggled to earn minutes with the senior team during their Allsvenskan season, scoring four goals and 11 points. He did not play for Sweden at the World Juniors, but was strong with the U18 team, scoring four goals in five games at the World U18 tournament and recording six goals and 12 points in 10 games in other U18 competition.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 25.06.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

With a renewed emphasis on dynamic offensive talent on the blueline in the modern NHL, Josh Morrissey of the Prince Albert Raiders will be a tough player to pass up for many teams.

Morrissey, a 5-foot-11, 182 pound defender who shoots from the left side, had a very productive 2012-13. In 70 games for the Raiders, he was an offensive catalyst from the blueline, recording 15 goals and 47 points. He was also a star for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and the World U18 championships, recording eight points in five games and seven points in seven games respectively. He earned a gold medal at both tournaments.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 25.06.2013 / 12:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

In a draft filled with the sons of former NHLers, Kerby Rychel may be the most polished of the bunch.

Rychel has developed as a prolific scorer for the Windsor Spitfires playing for his father, Warren. The 2012-13 season marked the second consecutive year Rychel hit the 40 goal plateau in Windsor and his play earned him a place in the CHL Top Prospects Game. A year ago, after the 2011-12 OHL season, he helped Canada to a bronze medal at the World U18s, potting five goals and eight points in seven games.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 25.06.2013 / 9:45 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

With the Stanley Cup now residing in Chicago for the next year, the attention of the NHL turns to New Jersey and the NHL Draft on Sunday where the newest crop of NHLers will find out where they will ply their trade for the foreseeable future.

In anticipation of this, Sens TV and Inside the Senate joined forces for an exclusive series of interviews with Sens brass. You will be able to see these exclusives over the coming days.

Here's part one of our interview with Sens GM Bryan Murray and Director of Player Personnel Pierre Dorion as we talk about their favourite draft memories and the art of scouting.

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POSTED ON Monday, 24.06.2013 / 3:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

We’re on to Memorable Monday number four here at Inside the Senate and today, in honour of the fourth edition of this segment, we’ll be taking a fitting look at what may be the most remarkable phenomenon in all of Ottawa: The Big Rig Rule.

As we now know, if Chris Phillips scores a goal for the Sens you may as well call it a win then and there.

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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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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
2 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
3 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
4 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
5 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
6 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
7 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
8 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 33 7 16 -14 23
K. Turris 33 7 16 -8 23
B. Ryan 30 7 14 4 21
M. Zibanejad 31 9 8 0 17
C. MacArthur 32 9 8 -6 17
M. Hoffman 30 10 6 13 16
M. Stone 31 8 8 5 16
A. Chiasson 30 7 8 -6 15
D. Legwand 33 6 8 -6 14
M. Michalek 29 3 6 -7 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 8 8 4 .930 2.43
R. Lehner 6 5 2 .909 2.93