Scouts analyze Senators' draft
Ottawa staff offers its impressions of the players they picked in 2008 event
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.