First off, really surprised Murray admitted going for Ceci because he is a local player. While I have no problem with him acknowledging that was a 'small factor', I'd have much preferred if he said his scouts clearly indicated he was the BPA - which he didn't. Anyways...
Tim Murray said Ceci was in the top 5 on their list
They also said in an interview that they think Ceci could be able to crack the roster next year.
The fact the we probably only have 4 or 5 NHL defenseman it doesn't surprise me.
What's really interesting is that Ottawa said there not going to be busy in free agency and don't need a really high skill defenseman.
I personally think Ceci should be on the 67's, always worry about developement.
I think Murray said something like 'we need someone to play' but the question seemed to lead him there. Of course every player drafted has a chance to play but it requires an exceptional training camp and even then they are hesitant.
I think it's safe to say Cody will be playing with the 67's, perfect place to watch him develop.
"I told a couple of people before the draft, if you like Drew Doughty, you're gonna love Cody Ceci," said Kilrea.
"He'll be one of the top defencemen in the NHL, he's just that good. He's big, strong, he's a great skater with a tremendous shot, passes the puck well, and yeah, he's not a physical player, but he always manages to take his man out and get between his man and the puck. Eventually he'll add that (physical) dimension to his game.
Ceci was always one of the best defencemen available in the draft, and the more that comes out on him the more it seems like it was the pick for us to make if we were going for the defensive side of things. He's just a great all-around D-man and I think it will show when he makes it to the show.
I think he will spend another year in juniors, but he's not far away from the NHL and it wouldn't surprise me at all if he made the team out of camp. He's that good -- and he's only going to get better. I honestly didn't think that he'd drop to us so it's a pretty nice turn of events.
if a player comes back to the CHL for an overage year, he generally isnt considered a great prospect. by 20 years old, if you've been picked by a team they're generally going to want you in their pro system somewhere, coached and trained by our own people, rather than keep him in the CHL competing sometimes against 16 year olds.
i would be shocked if prince is back with the 67s this year, and if he is, its a sign the sens are down on him. i think there's a good chance ceci is still with the 67s because he's probably a lock for the WJC, he's a local kid, and he'll be playing in the same building so we can keep a really close eye on him.
Yes there are some 16 years olds in the Chl but there is also many 17-20 year olds if there is a lock out next year the Chl could be a very good league as you will see many players that if there was not a lock out would be in the NHl.