Day 2 of the NHL Entry draft, featuring rounds 2 through 7, was completed, and although there was no further in the Rick Nash news, The Ottawa Senators added six more prospects to their stable that included Cody Ceci who was picked in round 1.
Without a second round pick, the Senators had two thirds and one pick in each of the final four rounds. Let’s meet the Ottawa Selections:
G Chris Driedger. -Third round, 76th overall – A big goalie (6’3″, 190 lbs) from the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen. Posted a 23-12-3 record in a platoon situation with the Hitmen.
F Jarrod Maidens – Third round, 82nd overall. – Left handed shooting forward who can play center or left wing. His stock fell during the season as he played only 28 games for Owen Sound in the OHL. He did score 23 points in those 28 games, but fell from 21st to 35th ranking among North American skaters.
D Timothy Boyle – Fourth round, 106th overall – Off the board selection, Boyle was ranked 208th among North American skaters. He is the brother of current Senators public enemy #1 Brian Boyle of the New York Rangers. Doesn’t have his brother’s size, and is still playing high school hockey in Massachusetts. Definitely a project who is a few years away.
C Robert Baillargeon – Fifth round, 136th overall – Another Massachusetts native who played last season for Indiana of the USHL. Was ranked 50th among NA skaters in the final rankings. The 6′, 175 lb Centre scored 48 points in 54 games.
G Francois Brassard – Sixth round, 166th overall – Played for Patrick Roy and the Quebec Remparts last season. The Gatineau native posted a 20-10-3 record for the Remparts in 37 appearances as a rookie in the Q.
D Mikael Wickstrand – Seventh round, 196th overall – In the second division in Sweden, the 6’1″ defenseman managed to get ranked as the 23rd best European skater. Another project on the blue line that is a two-way talent with some offensive upside.
So there you have it, the Ottawa Senators draft class of 2012. What are your thoughts?