The Ottawa Senators had one of the most extraordinary nights in their history at the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday.The Senators
had two of the leading 5 picks and 3 in the preliminary, jump-starting a reconstruct for a group that has really not made the Stanley Cup Playoffs because 2017.
“I think this is amongst the most substantial nights in franchise history when you add the quality of the three players we consisted of,” Senators general supervisor Pierre Dorion said.The Senators added goal-scoring forward Tim Stuetzle at No. 3 with an option obtained from the San Jose Sharks in a trade for defenseman Erik Karlsson on Sept. 13, 2018; smooth-skating defenseman Jake Sanderson at No. 5 with their own first-round selection; and two-way center Ridly Greig at No. 28 with the pick acquired from the New york city Islanders in the Jean-Gabriel Pageau trade on Feb. 24.
Dorion said Stuetzle and Sanderson might be in the NHL next season.Video: The Senators come away with a significant haul in Round One Not only did the Senators reinforce a young skill swimming pool that already includes 23-year-old defenseman Thomas Chabot and 21-year-old forward Brady Tkachuk, they did it with flair.Ottawa wished to make a splash on this special night. So they reached out to Alex Trebek.Stemming from an idea by owner Eugene Melnyk,
the Senators connected to Trebek, the long time host of the tv video game reveal”Jeopardy”and an
alumnus of the University of Ottawa, to expose their No. 3 choice.”We all think it’s great to have someone like Alex Trebek expose a franchise-defining choice. It was something distinct, “Dorion said.Trebek made the statement in” Jeopardy”style, stating,”This player was made the No. 3 total choice by the Ottawa Senators in the NHL Draft.” The proper reaction: Who is Tim Stuetzle? “Sitting with his home at their home in Germany, Stuetzle was happily surprised that it was Trebek calling out his name.
“It’s was excellent … all this is a dream become a reality
,”he stated.”Nevertheless my focus is on making the group next year and being a regular factor.”Video: Alex Trebek reveals Tim Stuetzle to Sens at No. 3 Stuetzle scored 34 points (seven objectives, 27 assists) in 41 computer game this season for Adler Mannheim of Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany’s leading professional males’s league. He is the highest-selected NHL draft choice born and trained in Germany because forward Leon Draisaitl was
selected No. 3 by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2014 NHL Draft.Two picks in the future, Dorion was thrilled to see Sanderson, the kid of previous NHL forward Geoff Sanderson, still on the board. “When you come out of a draft with the very best defenseman in it, it’s a success,”he stated. “I understand forwards are the fancier choice, the
sexier choices, however we had this kid on the top of our list for defensemen.”Sanderson was captain of the United States National Group Advancement Program Under-18 group and scored 29 points (7 objectives, 22 assists) in 47 video games in 2019-20. Greig scored 60 points( 26 goals, 34 helps) in 56 video games for Brandon of the Western Hockey League.”
Our scouts did a lot of effort,” Dorion said.”An effective night is the result.”The last time a group had 2 top-five choices was the 2000 NHL Draft, when the New york city Islanders selected goalie Rick DiPietro No. 1 and forward Raffi Torres No. 5. In the 1999 NHL Draft, the Vancouver Canucks took forwards Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin with the Nos. 2 and 3 choices. In the 1997 NHL Draft, the Islanders selected goalie Roberto Luongo No. 4 and defenseman Eric Maker No. 5. In the 1988 NHL Draft, the Quebec Nordiques got defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn with the No. 3 pick and forward Daniel Dore with the No. 5 option.