Before we start leaving a red mark on GM Bryan Murray’s back for his work at the trade deadline, consider he gave up a first round pick to get Chris Campoli two years ago and received a second-rounder for him at Monday’s trade deadline.
But it is indisputable Murray did a very good job of getting to the task of cleaning up his own mess. The Senators go into this June’s draft with two first round picks and three in the second round, which will undoubtedly add a good chunk to their stable of prospects.
Which brings us to the future of this franchise on the ice. Here at The Hockey News, we recently completed our Future Watch edition, which ranks each organization on the quality of its prospects and ranks the top 50 individual prospects outside the NHL.
And the Senators did not fare too badly on either count.
When it came to its own ranking, the Senators group of top 10 prospects and roster players 21 and under finished 16th in the league with a grade of B-minus. That gave the Senators the second-highest ranking among Canadian NHL teams, with the Edmonton Oilers at the top of the league with a mark of A.
When it came to individual prospects, the Senators top three found their way into the top 50 prospects. Defenseman David Rundblad, whom the Senators acquired at last year’s draft in exchange for their first round pick, is the Senators’ top prospect and was ranked 22nd overall. Rundblad is an offensive defenseman who is scoring at almost a point-per-game clip with Skelleftea in Sweden. Defenseman Jared Cowen of the Spokane Chiefs was ranked 40th overall and goaltender Robin Lehner came in at 44th overall.
When the Senators prospect list was put together in February, it included the likes of Bobby Butler, Erik Condra and Colin Greening because all three were playing with the farm team in Binghamton, but the recent purge of players on the NHL roster has given all three a chance and they have displayed, at least in the short term, that they can compete at the NHL level.
That’s good news for the Senators. So is the fact that thanks to their trade deadline dealings and their tumble to the bottom of the NHL standings, more prospects will be on the way soon.
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