The Ottawa Senators have the 10th best odds in the 2021 NHL Draft lottery with a 4.5% chance at the top pick
With the draft lottery taking place today at 7 PM ET, the Ottawa Senators have an outside chance at landing the 1st overall pick, but the team’s late-season surge will likely keep them out of the top 3. With their two top-5 picks in the previous draft and with the franchise nearing the end of their rebuild, it isn’t as crucial as years past that the Senators catch a break in the lottery.
With this draft not being as star-studded as previous years combined with the fact that Ottawa has only one pick in the lottery, it’s no surprise that the excitement hasn’t met the years past, but expect the Senators to walk away happy next month on draft day.
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Ottawa stays put at 10th overall as Buffalo, Detroit and Anaheim round out the top-3. Picking in the top-10 basically guarantees you a premium player and it’s likely that whoever the Senators take will have a significant impact on the rebuild.
Best options at #10
Chaz Lucius (C), USNTDP (USHL)
One of the premier goal-scorers in this year’s draft, Lucius had 26 goals in 25 games this season and was easily the best sniper on the development team over the past couple of seasons. If Lucius falls into the Senators’ lap they would be smart to scoop him up, adding another capable option at center and a right-shot at that would be huge for the organization.
Fabian Lysell (RW), Luleå HF (SHL)
Don’t be distracted by Lysell’s minimal production in his rookie season in the SHL, many young players struggle to gain ice-time in Sweden’s top league, and Lysell is no exception. His 2 goals and 3 points in 26 games are more of a product of the situation Lysell was in and not an indictment of his play.
Lysell showed off at the World Junior U18 Championships where he flashed some highlight-reel plays to go along with his 9 points in 7 games, tied for 1st on Sweden with fellow draft-eligible Isak Rosén.
Mason McTavish (C), EHC Olten (SL)
Due to the state of the OHL this season, McTavish like a few other draft-eligibles in the Ontario league made the trip overseas to get some game action and McTavish resided in Switzerland. Playing in the second-tier league called the Swiss League (SL), McTavish was able to produce 9 goals and 11 points in just 13 games against men.
McTavish plays a two-way game that is aided by his skating and size (6’2″, 207 pounds), like Lucius, he’s revered as one of the better goal scorers in the draft.
Adding another forward to the fray should be priority number one for Pierre Dorion and despite the “best player available” draft philosophy that they employ, the organization would be smart to bolster their talent up front.
Draft lottery simulation by Tankathon