Senators 2021 NHL Draft primer: Expect a strong pick at 10th overall

Senators 2021 NHL Draft primer: Expect a strong pick at 10th overall

For the Ottawa Senators, the October 2020 draft wasn’t just unusual for the timing. With three first-round picks, including two in the top five, the Senators and their fans were salivating at a once-in-a-franchise-history opportunity to add core building blocks to the organization. By comparison, Ottawa’s lone first round 2021 pick at No. 10 overall and just six selections in total -- last year they drafted 10 players -- is a little more like business as usual instead of early Christmas. The Senators have progressed as a franchise to the point where they want to add one or two key pieces rather than several building blocks. A large consideration regarding the Senators: this draft thins out after the first 10-15 players, and Ottawa has two second-round picks (39 and 42). Both GM Pierre Dorion and chief amateur scout Trent Mann concurred there has been a lot of internal discussion about using one of those second-round picks as part of a package to move up, if possible, to target another player in the first round. Something to watch for. Dorion did …
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