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The Senators' management has done an excellent job of drafting over the past five seasons.
Starting with Erik Karlsson at 15th overall in 2008, the Senators have gotten NHL regulars like Patrick Wiercioch, Zack Smith, Jared Cowen, Jakob Silfverberg, Robin Lehner, Mika Zibanejad and Jean-Gabriel Pageau to name a few.
So who will the Senators take with the No. 17 overall selection this year? Well, no one knows for certain—probably not even Bryan Murray.
This is because Murray is actively pursuing moving up in the draft to "maybe [get] a better player," according to Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen.
Murray continues in the Ottawa Citizen to say: “Where we are right now, I don’t think we’ll get that top six (forward)...maybe if we’re patient enough and wait three or four years (to develop), but if you move up, there’s a chance to maybe get that better player.”
Strictly put, Murray doesn't have four years to wait for a top-six forward. This is because the Sens need offense now, as they were 27th in the NHL in scoring with 2.33 goals per game.
Although some would chalk that up to the lack of highly skilled offensive players like Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza—they were injured for the majority of the season and really didn't get back to full speed, even in the playoffs—the fact remains that the previous season, Ottawa was only middle of the pack at 15th overall in goals per game.
The thing to watch in this draft, obviously, is whether the Sens will actually get to move up and possibly select that "top-six" player—whoever it may end up being.