Following the Scouting Combine in Buffalo over the weekend, NHL.com has released it's latest mock draft which now includes the Senators' second first round selection at 22nd overall.
The experts were initially split on their projections for Ottawa's pick at 4th overall but there's a bit more consensus this time around. Here's a look at their predictions:
4. Ottawa Senators
Adam Kimelman - Filip Zadina, RW, Halifax (QMJHL): The sublimely skilled forward showed an easy transition to the smaller North American ice in his first season. Zadina led QMJHL rookies in goals (44) and points (82).
Mike G. Morreale - Filip Zadina, RW, Halifax (QMJHL): He'll go to the tough areas to generate scoring chances and is a dynamic goal scorer with a quick, accurate release. Zadina won the Michael Bossy Trophy as the top professional prospect in the QMJHL after finishing tied for third in the league in goals.
Guillaume Lepage - Andrei Svechnikov, RW, Barrie (OHL): The right wing led OHL rookies with 72 points in 44 games and looks ready to make the leap to the NHL as soon as next season.
A notable takeaway from their latest version of the first round is that Brady Tkachuk seems to be the consensus pick at 3rd overall for the Montreal Canadiens. Tkachuk, who finished the season ranked 2nd among North American skaters by Central Scouting, has previously been a name that has been associated with Ottawa's top selection in 2018 but a strong showing at the Combine seems to have bolstered him into a top 3 pick according to the folks over at NHL.com.
With Ottawa's additional first round pick being confirmed at #22 (the selection acquired from the Penguins in the Derick Brassard trade), the prognosticators have weighed in on options for that slot as well and provided a trio of players from the Canadian Hockey league as potential options:
22. Ottawa Senators
Adam Kimelman - Akil Thomas, C, Niagara (OHL): After taking a scoring wing with their first pick, finding a speedy, playmaking center who can get him the puck in Thomas (5-11, 171) is a smart choice here.
Mike G. Morreale - Jett Woo, D, Moose Jaw (WHL): His hits are followed by a Ric Flair-esque "Woo!" by fans in Moose Jaw. Woo (6-0, 205) had 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 44 games. The right-shot defenseman has a good shot, makes plays, is physical, and has a good work ethic. Senators fans are going to enjoy his relentless motor.
Guillaume Lepage - Ty Dellandrea, C, Flint (OHL): Dellandrea (6-0, 185) 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 on a Flint team that finished 19th of 20 teams in the OHL.
Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting, recently spoke about the Senators' first round picks and he believes that Ottawa is set up nicely to yield some big returns in Dallas on June 22nd.
"The top part of the draft for this year is strong," said Marr at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo. "These are players that are going to be contributing to a National Hockey League team for a lengthy career."
Marr also noted that Ottawa's second first round pick could be especially interesting given that the middle part of the first round hasn't really separated itself yet which could result in the Sens being able to snatch up a prospect that they had ranked much higher.
"I think they should be very excited to have a pick at #22 because they're going to get someone they have ranked about 10 spots higher," Marr said. "With 31 teams and different draft philosophies, Ottawa will have a chance to pick up two players that they've prioritized on their list."
"They'll get two players that they have ranked in their top 15," Marr continued. "If you can leave the draft with that then it's a pretty happy day."
Video: NHL Scouting Combine - Dan Marr