With Pick 15 In The Fansided NHL Mock Draft, The Ottawa Senators Select…


SenShot, on behalf of the Ottawa Senators are pleased to select defenseman Jacob Troubadour from the USA under 18 National Development Program.

 

With Cody Ceci and Olli Maatta gone off the board in the last few picks, Trouba is the best blueliner still on the board. Ranked as high as third by some scouts entering the draft, Trouba could be one heck of a steal at #15.

At 6’2″ and 200 lbs, Trouba has the potential to be a top end defenseman and a potential future partner for Erik Karlsson. He was a member of the disappointing US team at last year’s World Juniors, and should be a mainstay for another two years. Trouba is about three years away from NHL action, and the future University of Michigan Wolverine will have plenty of time to develop at both ends of the ice. He is a physical presence with some offensive upside.

 

Here is some video to get to know Trouba.

 

 

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  • RobertWay

    With Lindholm still on the board I think this is a poor choice. Trouba is dropping whereas Lindholm is rising fast. Frankly I would be shocked if we passed on Lindholm for anyone other than Cody Ceci.

  • senshot_jared

     @RobertWay Perhaps, but if a potential top 3 pick is still on the board at 15, I think you have to take him.  Murray went with the riser over the faller last year, and although the jury is still out, Couturier looks like he would have been a really good pick in my eyes.  Not that Zibanejad wasn’t, but he was ranked that high all season for a reason, and is still rated higher than Lindholm in most if not all rankings I have seen.  I know rankings don’t mean anything, but how many times can you find an Erik Karlsson diamond in the rough?  Also, I feel you have the offense in Karlsson, and Lindholms biggest question mark is play in his own end.  The Sens don’t need to top end offensive defensemen with questions in their own end (although I don’t agree with Karlsson’s rep defensively.

  • senshot_jared

     @RobertWay   Perhaps, but if a potential top 3 pick is still on the board at 15, I think you have to take him.  Murray went with the riser over the faller last year, and although the jury is still out, Couturier looks like he would have been a really good pick in my eyes.  Not that Zibanejad wasn’t, but Trouba was ranked that high all season for a reason.  He is still rated higher than Lindholm in most if not all rankings I have seen.  I know rankings don’t mean anything, but how many times can you find an Erik Karlsson diamond in the rough?  Also, I feel you have the offense in Karlsson, and Lindholm’s biggest question mark is play in his own end.  The Sens don’t need to top end offensive defensemen with questions in their own end (although I don’t agree with Karlsson’s rep defensively.  Trouba is strong in his own end and would be a great complement to EK65 for years.  Besides, it is a mock draft and I don’t think Trouba will still be there at 15 regardless when it comes to June 22nd.

  • RobertWay

     @senshot_jared I think that’s certainly a good argument for Trouba – In the same context though Trouba and Lindholm have always been ranked close together and for the most part the Trouba criticism is directed as his hockey IQ. Philosophically we just have different views on this. I think that it’s very difficult to pass on someone who may be a OEL- lite . Remember OEL had criticisms about his defense as well during his draft year. I think a big, high level skating defenceman with high hockey IQ is hard to pass up on for someone that people have at times compared to having phaneuf qualities. 

  • senshot_jared

    Either one would be a solid pick, and Lindholm has the advantage of being a lefty. Which would make a pairing with Karlsson a little easier.  We just differ in preferences and that is why teams have scouting staffs and not just one person making the decisions

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