|Zibanejad was ranked 2nd among European skaters|
As Don Brennan in the Sun put it today, with all those Swedes, "don’t you wish you could get the image of Brad Marchand using Daniel Sedin as a speed bag out of your head?" It's a valid concern. Swedes do generally turn the other cheek. So long as they compete with ferocity, I'm good. Watching video of him blowing up an opponent, sending him flying over the boards into his own bench, I think Zibanejad does.
|In this interview, Noesen said the opposing goalie folded like a tent|
Here's where NHL Central Scouting must have been scratching their heads. They had Noesen at 35th - among North American skaters. Noesen plays with heart and edge and doesn't lack for confidence. “I would say a little bit like Johan Franzen, with a bit of Brenden Morrow — big in the corners, a known presence on the ice, always trying to make the key play.” Now if he can marry Taylor Swift or something, it sounds like he'd more than fill Mike Fisher's skates.
|Puempel's goal scoring touch unquestioned|
However, Puempel is the Brett Connolly of this draft. Connolly had hip problems and played only 16 games in 2009-10. Tampa still drafted him 5th overall last season. Puempel was hampered with a back injury just before the season and a bone chip on his hip that required surgery and ended his season prematurely. The good news is, while there are still lingering doubts about the nature of Connolly's injury, Puempel is fully recovered.
The injury was diagnosed Feb. 18, but he played through pain most of the season and it affected his game. Scouts noticed an uneven compete level some nights. The hip surgery happened in March. It’s pretty common,” Puempel said. “I had a bone spur on the hip, I fell on (the) labrum and tore it. The chip bone they found when they went in.”
In an interesting twist, the surgery was performed by Dr. Marc Philippon, who performed surgery Marian Gaborik of the Rangers. Rumours continue to swirl that the Sens are making a hard push to acquire Gaborik this weekend, using their considerable cap room.
|Filatov for the 66th overall pick? No brainer.|
Filatov is just 21 and was drafted sixth overall by Columbus in 2008. He had seven assists in 23 games played with Columbus last season and has a total of six goals and 13 points in 44 NHL games overall. The flashy forward also spent time in the Kontinental Hockey League after a falling out with then-Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock in 2009-10.
Guys who mess around with the KHL aren't exactly Bryan Murray's cup of tea. He's also off to a shaky start as an NHL'er. But a former Columbus first rounder is hardly something to sneeze at. Unless you're Pascal Leclaire. I'm prepared to sneeze at him. The difference is the cost - Antoine Vermette versus a third rounder. It barely qualifies as a risk and could pay huge dividends if Filatov returns to form as a blue chipper.
The Sens also made the loss of Chris Kelly easier for Sens fans to swallow. They used the final pick of the 2nd round, the one they got from Boston for Kelly, to select 67's star Shane Prince. Prince had 88 points this season.
They then stayed local in round four, scooping up Gatineau star forward Jean Gabriel Pageau of Ottawa, who led the Olympiques to the league final this year, where they lost a 6 game heartbreaker to Saint John, the eventual Memorial cup champs. Pageau led the team in scoring with 79 points this season.
Here is the Senators entire list of draft picks this year.
|Round||Pick||Overall||Team||Player||Pos||Country||Ht||Wt||Amateur League||Amateur Team|
|1||6||6||OTT||MIKA ZIBANEJAD||C||SE||6' 2"||195||SWEDEN||DJURGARDEN|
|STEFAN NOESEN||R||US||6' 0"||187||OHL||PLYMOUTH|
|MATT PUEMPEL||L||CA||6' 0"||198||OHL||PETERBOROUGH|
|SHANE PRINCE||C||US||5' 10"||181||OHL||OTTAWA|
|4||5||96||OTT||JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU||C||CA||5' 9"||163||QMJHL||GATINEAU|
|5||5||126||OTT||FREDRIK CLAESSON||D||SE||6' 0"||198||SWEDEN||DJURGARDEN|
|6||5||156||OTT||DARREN KRAMER||C||CA||6' 1"||202||WHL||SPOKANE|
|MAX MCCORMICK||L||US||5' 11"||174||USHL||SIOUX CITY|
|7||5||186||OTT||JORDAN FRANSOO||D||CA||6' 2"||178||WHL||BRANDON|
|RYAN DZINGEL||C||US||6' 0"||185||USHL||LINCOLN|