Saturday, June 23, 2012

Draft Day #2 Wrap Up

While the first round of the draft is where you make the picks that will be the future building blocks of your team, day 2 is where you take a few chances and draft more for need rather than taking the best player available.

Yesterday the Sens took Ottawa native Cody Ceci with their first rounder, but the word was out that they wanted to definitely take a goalie this draft as well. They chose to double up, taking 2 netminders, both who are Canadian. They also took 2 more dmen and 2 centres. The most intriguing pick of day 2 may have been the Sens drafting Massachusetts high schooler Timothy Boyle, brother of New York Ranger and playoff villain Brian Boyle. The full list of the Sens day 2 picks and analysis is after the jump.

Here's the table featuring all 7 Sens draft picks

Chris Driedger G:  Taken in the 3rd round, 76th overall, he posted a record of 24-12-2-1 with 3 shutouts for the Calgary Hitmen. His save percentage was a bit low at 0.896 but that can be a reflection of a poor team. He also had a GAA of 2.40 for 2011-12.

Here's what Justin Goldman of The Goalie Guild had to say about him: “Driedger displays a very calm demeanor in the net, and he moves with good balance due to a low center of gravity. He has very little excess movement, and is the most minimalistic and economical of the four. His game is very simple; he doesn’t waste any excess energy, he stays in good position, and he shows elements of durability by quietly letting the puck, and the play, come to him.” You can follow him on twitter too @ChrisDriedger

Jarrod Maidens C/LW: Taken in the 3rd round, 82nd overall, he only managed to play 28 games this year for the Owen Sound Attack due to concussion problems, which is never a good thing for a player to have, especially at his age, but the Senators must see potential in the young forward to take a chance on him. In the 28 he did play, he did put up fairly impressive numbers with 12 goals and 23 points. Having the ability to play 2 forward positions definitely helped his cause.

Here's what David Murstyn, director of scouting for McKeen's hockey had to say: "When healthy, Maidens shows a lot of tools that make you think he could be a solid top 6 forward at the next level. His biggest asset is his strength and compete level. He is one of the better board players in the draft. He is strong at winning battles for the puck along the boards in the offensive zone. He uses his body to protect the puck from opposition defenders. He makes crisp tape-to-tape passes from behind the net. He is an underrated skater who shows strong footwork. He projects out as a good top 6 forward with leadership abilities." You can follow him on twitter @jarrod_maids

Timothy Boyle D: Taken in the 4th round, 106th overall, he may bit a bit of a project since he only played high school in Massachusetts this year, but the Sens needed to replenish their defensive prospects, so taking another dman was to be expected. The most interesting thing with this pick at this point is that Tim is the brother of enemy #1 in Ottawa, Brian Boyle. You will recall he killed us in the playoffs by scoring timely goals, got Carkner suspended, went after Karlsson and ended up being knocked out of our series by Chris Neil. Unfortunately for us, Tim doesn't have Brian's size.

Since he only played US high school hockey, there isn't a ton of literature available on the kid at the moment. I'll reserve judgement on him until I see him play at the prospects camp in person, but taking a guy who only had 18 points this season on such a low level of play seems like a bit of a stretch at this point to me. You can follow him on twitter @Tim_Boyle3

Robert Baillargeon C: Taken in the 5th round, 136th overall, but at just 5'11 and 164lbs, he may lack the size to be an impact centre in the NHL. He did however put up some very solid scoring numbers this season in the USHL playing for Indiana Ice, with 48 points in 54 games. He likely won't be playing for the Sens organization any time soon as he has committed to Boston College.

Here's what NHL Central Scout Gary Eggleston has to say about him: "He had a very good record while playing at Cushing Academy in Massachusetts prior going to the USHL," Eggleston said. "I was a little concerned about his going [to Indiana], as far as adapting physically and whether he had the maturity to play the kind game expected of him, but I think he's done all of that. I think if you look at the stats, he's probably averaged a point a game all season." You can also follow him on twitter @MysteryMan93

Francois Brassard G: Taken in the 6th round, 166th overall, he is the second goalie the Sens took in this draft. At 6'1 and just 154lbs, he's quite slight, but he did most decent numbers for the Quebec Remparts this season, and anyone who is picked to play net by the hall of famer Patrick Roy is ok with me. He had a record of 20-10-3 with 2 shutouts, a GAA of 2.80 and a respctable 0.905 save%. More importantly he is a Gatineau native, so I'm sure he is thrilled to be a part of the Senators organization now. He is the son of Le Droit's Marc Brassard. You can follow him on twitter @fbrass31

Mikael Wikstrand D: Taken in the 7th round, 196th overall, he is the last of the Sens picks in this draft. The defenceman from Sweden has desirable size already at 6'1 and 183lbs. It's fairly unlikely a 7th rounder ever cracks an NHL lineup but Elite Prospects has some encouraging things about him: "A mobile two-way defenseman. Wikstrand plays a pretty simple game and can be used in most situations. Has a quite good shot. Plays with determination and has decent timing when it comes to the physical aspect of the game. Average puck skills. Some interesting offensive abilities." You can follow him on twitter @MWikstrand

Thoughts on the Sens picks on day 2?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Some potential there, nothing like the excitement from last year but I'm happy with what we got. Especially Ceci. It would have been nice to have had that 2nd round pick still but whatever.