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Scouts analyze Senators' 2009 draft

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
The Senators made left winger Brad Peltz of Avon Old Farms high school one of their seventh-round selections during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images).

The selections are in the books for another year.

And the Ottawa Senators have nine new prospects to add to their organization. So who are these guys? Let's give the Senators scouts the floor to talk a little bit about the club's newest prospects.

Jared Cowen, defence, Spokane Chiefs (WHL) – "Is going to be a solid defensive-minded defenceman, play in our top four in the future and log a lot of minutes for us ... He’ll be more defensive minded, play against the other team’s top lines, play on penalty killing. In junior, he plays on the power play ... He’s already 225 pounds but when we checked him out, he’s still got a lot of room to grow physically." – Chief amateur scout Pierre Dorion.

Jakob Silfverberg, forward, Brynas juniors (Sweden) – "A skilled player, an offensive player who’s going to score ... Has great hands, can beat you one-on-one ... He’s going to make our whole offence better and help us in (two) or three years ... He’ll need some time to learn and adjust to physical hockey over here but I don’t see that as an issue for him." European scout Vaclav Burda.

Robin Lehner, goaltender, Frolunda juniors (Sweden) – "His father was the goalie coach of (the New York Rangers') Henrik Lundqvist in Sweden, so his style is very similar. He’s a very skilled goalie with good technique ... His mental side is more Canadian than Swedish. He’s very competitive ... He has big size. He’s going to cover the net well." – Swedish scout Anders Forsberg.

Chris Wideman, defence, Miami, Ohio (CCHA) – "He’s a smaller defenceman, has great mobility, and great puck moving ability ... Moves very well across the blue line and sees the passing lanes ... We really like his potential" – Director of hockey operations Brent Flahr.

Mike Hoffman, centre/left wing, Drummondville (QMJHL) – "A goal scorer who has good speed ... Real good release ... Real dangerous in the offensive zone with his creativity." Chief amateur scout Pierre Dorion.

Jeff Costello, left wing, Cedar Rapids (USHL) – "He's a power forward who plays hard, hits and can fight ... Goes to the net and scores goals." Chief amateur scout Pierre Dorion.

Corey Cowick, left wing, Ottawa (OHL) – "A power forward type of guy whose physical game is his best attribute ... This year, he developed a good scoring touch ... Goes to the net and is very difficult to play against ... A role player type down the road." Chief amateur scout Pierre Dorion.

Brad Peltz, left wing, Avon Old Farms (U.S. high school) –
"Hard-working player with good sense ... Didn’t play this year because of an infection. We were thinking about taking him last year ... Going to Yale for four years. Will become a good college player and from there, we hope he can help us down the road." Chief amateur scout Pierre Dorion.

Michael Sdao, defenceman, Lincoln (USHL) –
"Takes the body, plays hard and he’s got enough sense to play his role ... Probably was the heavweight of the league in the USHL. He’s going to Princeton and they've had tough guys come out of there ... We know he’s heavyweight tough and he can play the game a little bit." Chief amateur scout Pierre Dorion.

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