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Scouts analyze Senators' draft

Ottawa staff offers its impressions of the players they picked in 2008 event

Saturday, 21.06.2008 / 3:24 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  -
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Scouts analyze Senators\' draft
The selections are in the books for another year.

And the Ottawa Senators have seven new prospects to add to their organization. It'll be a few years yet before fans will see any of them in a Senators uniform, but the team's scouting staff feels good that it's landed some key building blocks for the future.

So who are these guys? Let's let the Senators scouts talk a little bit about the club's newest prospects.

Erik Karlsson, defence, Frolunda juniors (Sweden) – "Erik is extremely smart, a two-way defenceman. He's going to run the power play in the near future.... He must improve the strength in his legs. Physically, he's not ready (for the NHL). Skills, smartness, hockey sense, (they are) NHL quality right now." – European scout Vaclav Burda.

Patrick Wiercioch, defence, Omaha (USHL) – "A lot of potential there. The only (concern) is his strength but with his dad being as big as he is, we're confident he'll get there.... He moves the puck and makes decisions with the best of them. He runs the power play as well and he can shoot it.... If we let him go, we wouldn't have seen him in the third round." – Scout Bob Janecyk.

Zack Smith, centre, Swift Current (WHL) – "He was captain of Swift Current. He led them in scoring, he led them in penalty minutes. He's just a late-blooming guy that we feel has a lot of upside.... He's a big character guy. He's a really good penalty killer, very good defensive player, can play very physical, hit hard and he's a good fighter." – Regina-based scout Bob Lowes.

Andre Petersson, forward, HV 71 juniors (Sweden) – "He's a very skilled forward. I'm not going to say he's a Daniel Alfredsson but he plays the game like Daniel Alfredsson.... (Has good) hockey sense and stickhandling. He passes the puck and shoots the puck (with great) skill." – Swedish scout Anders Forsberg.

Derek Grant, centre, Langley (BCHL) – "He's a guy that's going to need a little time. Good-sized left winger, skates pretty well, handles the puck, has the potential to be a good, solid third-line, fourth-line player. Competes well, not afraid to mix it up. He just needs to fill out a little bit and get stronger. He's not fully developed upper-body wise." – Scout George Fargher.

Mark Borowiecki, defence, Smiths Falls (CJHL) – "A smart, competitive defenceman. Moves the puck, defends, has a strong desire and passion for the game and thinks the game well. He's got a full (scholarship) to Clarkson so he's got time to develop. He's certainly not a guy that we're worried about playing tomorrow." – Assistant general manager Tim Murray.

Emile Sandin, forward, Brynas juniors (Sweden) – "He's a playmaker, a very skilled playmaker. He's not a big guy but he plays tough and can run the power play. He's an interesting guy.... He's two years away, I think. He has a lot of hockey sense, both offence and defence. That's his main strengths. – Anders Forsberg.




1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52


E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06