Here’s What I’m Hearing…


Sometimes it is frustrating when you’re told something so very juicy, but with the caveat of “keep this to yourself”.

That has recently been the case.

So, what I will say is that the Senators are (rumoured to be) exploring all options heading into this draft, ALL options, and have had some preliminary discussions in this regard, which have been reflected in the make-up of the current roster.

The other story I heard was to do with Wick.  In a classy move by Murray, and Mich, Wick played in NY in order to give his parents a chance to watch him play.  This is the type of class move that keeps Ottawa ranked highly, from an organizational point of view, among NHL players.

The other discussions I’ve had lately have been around the draft class of ’11.  After having discussed this with a couple of scouts, the group consensus was best summed up like this, from a western based scout;

“I like to judge draft classes based upon 2 criteria, skill and depth.  Some drafts have amazing skill, but very few players to choose from, while others have decent skill, but over a broader number of players.

This draft class appears to be very much the latter.  If you picture it as a bell curve (which is how we graph it), the peak isn’t incredibly high, but the width or spread of talent is surprisingly broad.

This brings me to my next classification, a pick’em or a pluck’em.

Pluck’ems are drafts with select players of very high talent, a draft where having early picks is essential, but the over-all consensus on the best players is broad.  This is a draft where, if you’re picking later, there is little to choose from.

Pick’ems are what we are facing this year, where there are a lot of quality players to choose from, making number of picks important.  To me Murray is perfectly placed to best take advantage of this draft.

I won’t give my specific rankings, but I will say the top 4 is a virtual dead heat from a talent perspective.  The players (obviously) aren’t identical, but when you quantify their respective over-all talents, their scores are very closely grouped.

Any pick in the top 4 is going to be based, in my opinion, on team need, as BPA will, in my opinion, be too close to call.

If there is some discrimination among teams in the top 4 (the best players in the draft, this season) there is the possibility of some position swapping.  In other words, a team looking for a defenseman, and with a top 4 pick, might be able to trade up, at a cost, to a team not in need of a defenseman, but holding first crack at said player.”

GN

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5 Responses to “Here’s What I’m Hearing…”

  1. I know you are saying ALL options but how about giving a hand full of possible options you have heard , mentioned or though of yourself?

  2. GN of course they’re open to any possibility. They showed this last year with the Runblad deal. It’s their job.

  3. So, what I will say is that the Senators are (rumoured to be) exploring all options heading into this draft, ALL options, and have had some preliminary discussions in this regard, which have been reflected in the make-up of the current roster.

    So basically what you’re saying is that Spezza and possibly Karlsson are on the table.

  4. It appears as though the Sens will ‘fall’ to the 5th pick as they are catching both Florida & NYI.

    Edm & Colorado are tanking..

    So who do they pick at 5th — STROME?

    Also what are your sources saying about the possibility of the Sens signing Da Costa? Thompson is already gone to Pitts — I actually thought with Butler here the Sens would get a chance at Thompson — unless they did not try..

  5. Differing Opinion Says:

    Spezz isn’t getting traded. As much as everyone knows he isn’t the one to lead to a championship, he is this team’s #1 centre and the only one we have.

    Alfredsson would have a fit if a Swede was moved, so that wraps that up, he’s the one that runs the team.

    I see “say’s” comment more as being the pick could be on the table in a trade to either move up in the draft or to acquire a top-end forward. Murray is big on short-term moves so…

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