As an organization, one of the Ottawa Senators greatest strengths in recent years has been their scouting and drafting. Bryan Murray and Pier Dorion have been outstanding when it comes to preparing for the draft and making the most out of draft day; and this weekend’s draft is no exception. The proverbial cupboard is full for this franchise and stocked with prospects in all positions. Previous GM John Muckler pretty much left the cupboard bare for Murray when he took over, but under his guidance the Senators have arguably one of the best prospect pools in the league.
Murray has been busy since the Senators were ousted from the playoffs in the second round. He already made one minor trade, and has publically stated that other trades have been discussed. Murray has said on numerous occasions that he would not be opposed to moving some of those stocked assets for players that can impact the team now. After reaching the second round of the playoffs, both GM Murray and Coach MacLean feel that the team is ready to take that next step and compete for a real shot at Eastern Conference supremacy. They still need a number of pieces before they can be considered contenders, but with the amount of assets Murray has available, it would not be too difficult for him to acquire what is necessary.
Speaking to the media a number of times over the last two weeks, Murray has said that he has spoken to other GMs about both moving up in the draft, as well as moving down. He has also had inquires about a number of players that GMs are looking to acquire, as well as some preliminary negotiations for a few players that Murray is looking to bring on board. The biggest rumor has been coming out of Edmonton, where some media outlets there have said that an Ales Hemsky trade to Ottawa has all but been officially announced. There have been no confirmed reports out of Ottawa, but clearly Murray will be looking to bring in some scoring for the upcoming season.
Senators TV sat down with Bryan Murray to discuss this weekend’s draft, as well as to reminisce about some of the more memorable drafts in recent years. There will be four parts to this video leading up to Sundays draft. You can watch part one at the top of this post. Stay tuned for more draft news.
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