It took 10 picks into the second round for the Ottawa Senators to finally get a pick at the 2014 NHL draft, but if the rankings are any indication they may have come away with a player that is late first-round quality. The Senators selected Andreas Englund, a 6’3″, 187 lb left handed shooting defenseman from the Djurgarden system in Sweden.
According to assistant GM Pierre Dorion on Ottawasenators.com, Englund projects to be 2 or 3 years away from NHL duty and will play in the men’s league in Sweden next season. He needs to get stronger and add mass to his frame, but he is a defensive defenseman that the Senators see as a top 4 guy in the future, possibly a partner for fellow countryman Erik Karlsson.
With the Senators 3rd round pick, they chose another long term project blueliner, Miles Gendron from River Acadamy High school in Massachusetts. Depending where you look, Gendron is either 6’1″ or 6’2″, and about 180 lbs, so he will add some more size to his frame as he grows. He turned 18 today, so happy birthday to one of the newest Ottawa Senators.
The Senators, with 8 NHL blueliners already but not much in the cupboard or in the pipeline, seem determined to at least set up for the future, albeit a few years down the road.
As of right now, barring a trade the Senators have 2 picks remaining, at 100 and 190.