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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

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.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round