When Bill Daly turned over the card revealing that the Ottawa Senators owned the third overall pick in the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft, the next phase in the team's rebuild became a little clearer.
"With the trades that we made, getting that number three pick and that number five pick . . . for us it is just continuing on with the plan and doing the rebuild the proper way we wanted to and that is why we are excited about what happened tonight," explained Pierre Dorion, General Manager.
"We know that it is such a deep draft, especially in the top five, that we are going to get two impactful players."
The odds of the lottery producing picks three and five for the Sens was the fifth-most likely option for the club - with an 8.6 per cent chance of happening, and Dorion is certain that the result will produce exciting options.
"When you look at all the players in the last three to five years that have gone in the Top 5, the Senators having the opportunity to take two of (similar calibre) is very exciting," he explained. "These players have a chance to play as early as next year pending that their development is on the right path, but we are not going to rush these players.
"I think we are very excited about that and I think our fans should be very excited about that too."
While the date of the draft hasn't been set, it hasn't impacted the organization's preparation for the important event.
"We have done our work and we are going to keep doing our work for the next three months. With our group of scouts led by Trent Mann we know we are going to take two really good hockey players," he added.In addition to the work being done on the hockey-side there are also strides being made on how fans will get to see these exciting players in action. Immediately following the NHL Draft Lottery, the team announced Sens on Demand which will provide fans the most convenient and flexible way to enjoy Sens games.
"We are excited to introduce this new ticketing option to Sens fans," said Anthony LeBlanc, President of Business Operations. "Our team is working passionately to ensure the best in-game experience when the team returns to the ice. This includes flexible ticket options, enhancing the experience at all levels and of course, ensuring the safety of fans attending our games."