It's been a long road but with the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft set to kick off on Friday night in Dallas, we take a look at the latest NHL.com mock draft for their thoughts on the Senators' picks at 4th and 22nd overall.
Starting at #4, the experts narrowed it down to two very familiar names...
4. Ottawa Senators
Adam Kimelman - Filip Zadina, RW, Halifax (QMJHL): The sublimely skilled forward showed an easy transition to the smaller North American ice. He's a dynamic goal scorer and also knows how to best use his linemates to create offense deep in the zone.
Mike G. Morreale - Brady Tkachuk, LW, Boston University (NCAA): He might be the best power forward in this draft, but also has great hands and intelligence to play along the half-wall on the power play, at the same time dictating and controlling play with his speed and physical attributes. He creates matchup problems and excels in high-pressure moments.
Guillaume Lepage - Filip Zadina, RW, Halifax (QMJHL): He had a great season and took advantage of every opportunity to showcase his individual skills. A sharpshooter with good size, he can change the course of a game when he decides to take matters into his own hands.
These predicitions fall in line with what we've seen from NHL Central Scouting as both Zadina and Tkachuk have been the consensus #2 and #3 ranked North American skaters since the midterm (behind #1 ranked NA skater Andrei Svechnikov and #1 ranked European skater Rasmus Dahlin). They also recently visited Ottawa as well so that probably does lend some credence to the Sens being interested in the pair of wingers but their availability could depend on what the Montreal Canadiens do with the 3rd overall selection.
Video: Top draft prospects visit the Canadian Tire Centre
The 22nd spot is a little more diverse according to the prognosticators but they did collectively agree that if the Sens do select a winger with their top choice that it would make sense to look at a centre for pcik #22...
22. Ottawa Senators
Adam Kimelman - Joseph Veleno, C, Drummondville (QMJHL): A good mix of work ethic and offensive skill. Veleno won't wow anyone with any single aspect of his game, but he's diligent and smart in all areas of the ice.
Mike G. Morreale - Rasmus Kuparu, C, Karpat (FINLAND): Capable of playing center or right wing, Kupari is a strong, mobile skater who can create opportunities at top speed. His acceleration is his best asset, and his shot has been compared to Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho.
Guillaume Lepage - Ty Dellandrea, C, Flint (OHL): Dellandrea (6-0, 184) gained in the eyes of scouts in part because of the two goals he scored at the CHL Top Prospects Game in January. He was the best player for Flint, which finished 19th of 20 teams in the OHL.
Check out NHL.com full final mock draft here.
With the experts having weighed in for the final time, what are your thoughts on the Sens' pair of first round picks? Feel free to sound off below in the comments or hit us up on Twitter at @Senators with your predictions.