Group Think

Here’s a quick and nasty summary on opinions surrounding what will come of Ottawa’s 16th over-all selection.

TSN JADEN SCHWARTZ – TSN Analysis: He’s a real competitor. As a 17 year old, he lead the USHL in scoring and that’s a hard league to play in. He excelled in it. The Senators could use his skill and competitiveness.

SportsnetAlexander Burmistrov – No one can deny this playmaker’s skill, as this Russian has the potential to be top two-line NHL forward. His vision and hockey sense are at an elite level and he has the ability to process information quickly. A darting skater who uses his agility and quickness to create time and space for himself. He has a tendency to pass first and shoot second, but when Burmistrov does shoot it is quick and accurate. It is hard not like his competiveness and willingness to play responsible defence. Once this skinny kid matures physically he could be a dynamic offensive player. The lure of money in the KHL remains for the NHL team that drafts him.

The Hockey News Johan Larsson, LW, Brynas IF jr. (Sweden J20)
The Senators apparently like the Swedish winger a lot. Larsson isn’t rated in the first round, though, so expect the Sens to trade down, add picks and get the man they want later in the round.

Bleacher ReportMikael Granlund – Playing in the Finnish elite leagues, Granlund has managed to produce at an exciting rate as a 17 year old.Granlund is a playmaking center. He is smart with the puck on his stick and can deke or dish the puck with the best of them. Granlund is a very exciting player to watch.One knock on the young Finn is his size. The size listed above may be generous, and the fact that he is smaller may make a lot of teams pass on Granlund.

CBSSportsQuinton Howdon – Everyone saw him as a defensive-type forward before last season, but Howdon opened a lot of eyes with his offensive skills.

GlobeSportsAustin Watson.

So, the consensus is…there’s no consensus. But they’re all forwards.


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