Drafts in review part 3

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Back again for the third installment of the Ottawa Senators’ drafts in review series! The previous two articles focused on the 2015 (insert link) and the 2016 (insert link) draft classes. If you missed those two, or want to refresh your memory go check them out! As for this article, the third part in this series, will be taking a look back at the 2017 draft class. This draft class is a lot smaller than fans have become used to for the Sens, but it has provided some solid prospects. 

First Round

R.1 Pick 28 Shane Bowers 

Players selected after: 

Henri Jokiharju (Pick 29, Chicago) 

Eeli Tolvanen (Pick 30, Nashville) 

Klim Kostin (Pick 31, St. Louis) 

The Sens were picking lower in the first round than they usually do in 2017, after their incredible conference finals run (still makes me sad). With that said, it’s tougher to find top end talent the lower into the first round you get. However, the team really missed the boat on this one by trying to make the safe pick in Bowers. The team passed on a much more talented and dynamic prospect in Tolvanen. The Sens ended up trading Bowers as a part of the Matt Duchene trade, kicking off the 2017 draft class with a poor start. 

Round Two 

R.2 Pick 47 Alex Formenton 

Players selected after: 

Maxime Comtois (Pick 50, Anaheim) 

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Pick 54, Buffalo)

To date, this pick is looking like an absolute steal for the Senators. Formenton absolutely took the AHL by storm in his rookie season, posting 27 goals and 53 points in 61 games. Formenton is arguably the best prospect out of the second round of the 2017 draft. He has become a key prospect in the current rebuild and if he can develop into a top 6 forward the team will be in good shape. The Sens will need to find more prospects like Formenton in this year’s draft with the million second round picks they currently have. 

Round Four 

R.4 Pick 121 Drake Batherson

Players selected after: 

Tyler Steenbergen (Pick 128, Arizona) 

Sebastian Aho (Pick 139, New York Islanders) 

This is arguably the best fourth round pick the Sens have made since drafting Pageau. Batherson’s development since being drafted by the team has been incredible to see. He has dominated the AHL and is well over a point a game in his two seasons with Belleville. The next step for Batherson is to start translating some of that AHL success to the big club. However, as a fourth round pick, if the Sens can get even decent top 6 production out of him at the NHL level this pick is an absolute home run for the team. 

Round Six 

R.6 Pick 183 Jordan Hollett 

Players selected after

Sasha Chmelevski (Pick 185, San Jose) 

Cayden Primeau (Pick 199, Montreal)

Hollett appears to be a bit of a miss by the Sens. He split the crease this season in Medicine Hat with another Sens prospect in Sogaard, and definitely had the worse numbers of the two. In 36 games played this season he went 14 and 19 with a .895 save percentage. Whereas the goaltender selected after him in Primeau, went 17-11 for Laval this season in the AHL with a .908 save percentage. However, with so many goalies in the system, perhaps Chmelevski would’ve been a better pick for the team. He was an absolute force for the 67’s last year and posted 27 points in 42 games in his rookie season in the AHL. 

As of right now, it is safe to say the Sens are looking at a 50% success rate on the 2017 draft. They appear to have missed on their first and sixth round picks, but may very well have found gold with Batherson and Formenton. If the two can prove to be difference makers for the team in the future, this draft could end up being a crucial point in the team’s rebuild. However, with so few picks in the 2017 draft, as well as one of those prospects already being traded, the Sens are really relying heavily on Batherson and Formenton to salvage any kind of value from this draft class.

2 Comments on “Drafts in review part 3

  1. A little harsh, I think. Getting tow bonafide prospects in the 2nd and fourth round is a huge win! Sixth-rounders are a crapshoot. Meanwhile, Bowers, a late first-round pick, may never play an NHL game. Sens were wise to trade him. I give sens a solid A for their draft.

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