The Ottawa Senators held a round of scouting meetings in Florida for six days last week led by Assistant General Manager Pierre Dorion. He offered a rundown of the proceedings as meetings wrapped up prior to the team's departure for Carolina.
Here's what he had to say...
On the scout meetings:
Obviously we met for six days in Fort Lauderdale last week, we had pro and amateur meetings. In our pro meetings obviously Bryan sat in on those ones early on where we identified what we feel our team is right now and we also identified possible targets as far as possible trades — not that we're going to make any trades, but we always have to be ready for that possibility — players that we feel could help us in the short or long term. We went through all of the NHL teams and American League teams to see if players had improved or not improved. After that in the amateur meetings, it's a bit different this year not having a first pick, we still prepared our list in accordance because you never know what could happen with trade deadline moving forward, there's still a possibility we could get a first pick. We've just prepared our list as we do every year, focused in as we do as a group of scouts on the top of the list and maybe the top 50 or 60, make sure we get a lot of viewings. We also went through all of our NHL players and American League players to see where they were at, where we think they (the American League players) can have an impact with us. One day of the amateur meetings we had Randy Lee on the phone and we had about an hour and a half phone call with Randy where we went through every prospect in the organization in junior, in college, in Europe, we went through all of them and what we think their potential will be with the amateur guys so they know where we are as far as our prospects with Binghamton with Randy on the phone just to clear up how we feel about everyone…The pro guys also did preliminary lists for free agents by position like we do every year.
On how the meetings are affected by no first round pick:
You never know on the day of the draft maybe we feel we can get a first round pick for a surplus at a certain position so a lot of things can happen around draft day so we always go in there thinking we're going to have a number one pick. Obviously this year we don't have one but we're really happy with the trade to get a player the calibre of Bobby Ryan, we're really happy with that, sometimes you have to pay something to get something. We're still going in there thinking we have a number one pick…We had a fairly big list this year but the mid-year list is always a bit bigger than the year-end list because by the end of the year you figure out that some guys aren't prospects.
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