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Sens’ Dorion feels quality of draft class is miscast

Ottawa's player personnel director believes 2012 talent pool deserves respect

Thursday, 31.05.2012 / 10:22 AM / 2012 NHL Draft
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Sens\u2019 Dorion feels quality of draft class is miscast

TORONTO — There has been some talk that the class of 2012 for the NHL Draft is not as strong as it’s been in other years.

Nonsense, says Ottawa Senators director of player personnel Pierre Dorion.

"I think it’s a good draft class,” Dorion told NHL.com at the NHL Scouting Combine. “At the top, like every draft, there are some good players. I think sometimes because there’s a better quality of defencemen than forwards, people tend to say that it’s not as good of a draft class because you don’t see the offensive production.”

Indeed, eight of the top 12 North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking are defencemen, while nine of the top 18 European skaters play on the blue line.

Dorion doesn’t quite understand why that should be a bad thing.

“Good defencemen help you win games,” he said with a grin, “so I still think it will be a pretty good draft.”

Dorion and his scouting staff are in a remarkably different position compared with last year, when a series of trades saw the Senators wind up with three first-round picks, including their own selection at No. 6.

This year, the Senators select 15th and don’t own a second-round selection. Dorion admits that does change the mindset for the team. At that spot, Dorion feels the Senators can still land themselves a player who will eventually slot into their top six up front or top four on defence.

Unless, of course, every other team drafting before them has the exact same list as the Senators.

“We really like 14 guys,” said the holder of the 15th pick. “Ninety-nine percent of the time, you’ll get one of those 14 guys.”

— Author: Arpon Basu

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
3 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
4 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
5 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
6 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
7 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
8 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 43 12 21 7 33
E. Karlsson 46 11 22 -5 33
K. Turris 46 9 20 -8 29
M. Stone 44 11 15 9 26
M. Hoffman 43 16 9 19 25
C. MacArthur 45 13 11 -7 24
M. Zibanejad 44 11 12 1 23
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 43 7 10 -8 17
M. Michalek 42 6 9 -7 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 7 2 .900 3.16