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Senators GM Bryan Murray focuses on draft with no trades available

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 5:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Senators GM Bryan Murray focuses on draft with no trades available

NEWARK, N.J. - The Ottawa Senators have selected forward Curtis Lazar with the 17th pick in the NHL draft.

Lazar, who can play centre and right wing, had 38 goals and 23 assists last season, helping the Edmonton Oil Kings finish first in the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference.

General manager Bryan Murray said Saturday he believed the Senators could get a "good player" at No. 17. He was listening to offers to move up or down in the first round, but nothing materialized.

Staying pat, Ottawa took a player NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards said has good puck-handling ability and offensive intelligence.

Building more scoring depth in the organization can't hurt for a team that featured Kyle Turris as its leading scorer with just 29 points.

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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp