Holding 9 selections entering day 2, the Senators had the opportunity to add to their deep prospect pool
Coming into the day with 9 selections in rounds 2-7, the Ottawa Senators started off the season with a bang, acquiring goaltender Matt Murray and in turn relinquishing the 52nd Overall pick.
So now with 8 picks left in the draft, the Senators still had plenty of draft capital to make their picks count on day 2 and they did for the most part. Prior to the draft, many were worried about Pierre Dorion being too safe with his picks, but he was risky for the majority of the day.
With picks like Roby Jarventie, Egor Sokolov and Leevi Merilainen, the Senators took some swings and we will see in the coming years if these players were worth the risk. Predictably, Dorion dipped his toe into the North Dakota when he selected Tyler Kleven the North Dakota freshman, who is Jake Sanderson’s roommate. The connections never seem to stop, Roby Jarventie plays on the same team as Lassi Thomson, Egor Sokolov was Drake Batherson’s billet brother and with their last pick of the draft, they selected Ridly Greig’s teammate Cole Reinhardt.
Chemistry and character are obviously parts of this Senators rebuild and Pierre Dorion made that quite evident again with this year’s draft class.