31 in 31 Series: Ottawa Senators 2018 Draft Review and Development Camp Updates

Brad Phillips

2018-07-21

 

With five forwards, two defensemen, and a goalie, the Senators did well to fill up the cupboards in multiple areas. They managed to snag a nice mix of higher-end prospects in the early rounds along with some players that have some real sleeper potential later on.

 

1st Round, 4th overall – Brady Tkachuk

They’ll be plenty of scrutiny tied to this pick given that, in selecting Tkachuk, the Senators were forced to surrender their 2019 first round pick to Colorado and a shot at Jack Hughes. While he may not be at the level of Jack Hughes, Tkachuk is still very much a legit high-end prospect. The American put together a successful freshman campaign with the Boston University Terriers finishing fourth on the team in scoring with 31 points on the back of eight goals and a team-high 23 assists and tied for seventh in the NCAA in freshman scoring. Tkachuk helped lead his squad to a Hockey East conference championship and was also named to the conference All-Rookie Team. On the international stage, he was a key cog in the USA contingent at the 2018 WJHC in Buffalo where his three goals and nine points helped the host country capture a bronze medal. While there is rampant speculation that he returns to college for 2018-19, I fully expect the Senators to put on a full court press to get him signed and into their lineup for opening night.

 

1st Round, 26th overall – Jacob Bernard-Docker

With their second pick in the first round, the Senators raised a few eyebrows by selecting defenseman Jacob Bernard Docker. B