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The often bewildered-looking Ottawa Senators GM, Bryan Murray, is unpredictable at the best of times. His thought process always seems to be somewhat dishevelled, and the events surrounding the 2011 NHL draft have proved to be no exception.
At the draft lottery a couple of months ago, Murray seemed to think the Senators won the lottery when it was announced that the New York Islanders would pick one spot lower than their regular season record had them slotted as. Murray’s excitement turned out to be premature because the Senators are actually picking one spot below the Islanders.
Since that day, it’s appeared as though Murray and his staff would just as soon trade away the sixth overall pick out of frustration that they’re not picking higher. They certainly don’t seem to know who’s going to be available at that point in the draft.
This was evident when Tim Murray, Senators Assistant GM and nephew of Bryan, mentioned that the club would take Adam Larsson if he was available. The problem with Larsson is that just about every analyst with any sort of knowledge of the draft has him going either first or second overall, so it’s bizarre that Murray would even mention his name.
Surely he was only speaking in hypothetical teams. Regardless, the fact that the Senators staff is even thinking about Larsson as an option shows they could be unprepared for this draft. It’s either that or they’re displeased with where they're picking and want to either trade to move up or trade their pick altogether for a player that could help them immediately.
The Senators also have the 21st overall pick in Friday’s draft. This gives them a good asset to use as trade bait to go along with their apparent desire to deal the sixth overall selection on draft day.