The Senators are happy to produce their first top 20 prospect review under GM Jeff Miller, when the team was taken simply producing a review of 20 prospects would be near impossible with so few prospects.
1. Matt Hackett G- Having already tasted the NHL and with goaltending pedigree Hackett is poised to be an NHL starter sooner rather than later.
2. Jamie Oleksiak D- With his first call up under his belt the massive blue
liner looks to build off the experience in the up coming year and crack
the Stars top 6 and stick.
3. Shea Theodore D- Slick skating puck distributer with a deceptive shot, look for an NHL arrival in the next couple of years.
4. Oskar Sundqvist C- Has all the tools needed to be a star just hasn't learned to use them in harmony yet. The lure of Sid the Kid and playing with the best will probably have Sundqvist NA bound soon.
5. Scott Wedgewood G- Once the heir apparent to the Brodeur throne, now looks to be squirre to Cory Schneider for at least a year after Brodeur fianlly retires.
6. Jason Akeson RW- The UDFA scored in his first and only game in the Flyers finale last year. He`ll press for a roster spot and hopefully a top 6 role and PP time.
7. Kevin Hayes C- The BC Eagles senior center looks to put the final stamp on his ever improving college career. He`ll have an up hill battle to make the deep and
talented Blackhawks roster but will need a few years in the AHL.
8. Danial Zaar RW- Uber talented with the puck in the offensive zone, must need GPS because he can`t find the defensive zone and that will hurt NHL chances if not remidied.
9. Dmitry Sinitsyn D- The young rooskie wanted nothing more than to develope his game in NA, after issues with his college acceptance he finally played in 13 games for Umass-lowell. The Regina Pats used the 13th pick in the CHL import draft on Sinitsyn and he could be coming to junior hockey games near you this season.
10. Chris Wagner C- THe Ducks 5th rounder in 2010 had decent success in his first pro season in the AHL. The college scoring demon has taken quickly to the art of faceoffs and will carve a role for himself as a specialist if nothing else.
11. Maxime Clermont G- The Devils project goalie has shown slow but steady improvement in the ECHL and each of the last 2 years has had an AHL call up.
12. Oliver Lauridsen D- The Danish Superman stands 6`6 and weighed 220, after 3 years college and 2 years in the AHL fianlly reached the show and showed well with 2 goals and 3 points in 15 games for the Flyers
13. James Wright c- The lanky forward looks to have finally find a home in the Jets bottom 6. Wright can fill in any forward spot that isnt a scoring role.
14. Dillon Heatherington D- An intriguing player in the 2013 draft who was a defensive Dman until he discovered his offensive game this year. Will look to further round out his game to possibly become a top 4 guy for Columbus down the road. Solid shutdown D at worst.
15. Justin Kea C- One of the biggest risers in 2012 from 204 overall HFNHL to 73 in the NHL draft Kea is working on his offensive to supplement his outstanding defensive checking game. Still he figures to make his living in the bottom 6 but has a power forward build and can skate decently.
16. Klas Dahlbeck D- Made his NA debut for the Blackhawks AHL affiliate this year Logging 70 gamesas an AHL rookie finishing plus 11 on the year. A meat and potatoes defensive Dman who is 3 zone responsible and makes the smart first pass and skates well.
17. Lee Moffie D- Man of mystery Mr. Moffie is, lead Michigan in defensman points as a junior only to have Jacob supa prospect Trouba come in and steal his thunder in his senior season. So the the talent and ability are there now its a matter of the right oppurtunity to let it flourish.
18. Cody Payne c- Part of the Jagr return going to Dallas Mr. Payne looks to be a wrecking ball in the bottom 6 for the Stars very soon hopefully.
19. Jason Missiaen G- King Henrik can`t rule the Rangers net forever! Missiaen is large goalie, very large standing 6`8 without skates, he could be a massive obstacle for would be goal scorers. He will need time to master technique and work on quickness with his unique frame.
20. Thomas DiPauli C- The Notre Dame sophomore looks to take on an expanded scoring role with a couple key graduates from the program. Washington has him on the long term radar as OV isnt going anywhere soon and always needs a linemate. We hope!
All but 3 of these prospects have been acquirred or drafted by the new Senators regime. Still not a spectacular crop but much improved over what was inherited.
It's amazing how quickly a farm system can turn around. You're not there yet, of course - it's still very much early days - bit you deserve a ton of credit for having added that many legit assets to the pool in such short order. Looks like you're building from the back end, too, which should help stabilize things for you going forward.