Photo: Forward Matt Puempel is playing in his first season of professional hockey. Puempel is a sniper who was selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
After several years of strong drafting by the Ottawa Senators, a healthy competition for a limited amount of NHL jobs has developed among their young players. A wealth of Swedish prospects, led by goalie Robin Lehner, has served Ottawa well in recent years. They also have several first round picks, including Cody Ceci and Curtis Lazar, who are on track to become impactful NHL players.
Photo: Selected 17th overall, forward Curtis Lazar was the first of seven picks made by the Ottawa Senators in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Ottawa Senators have done a great job of unearthing NHL-caliber players in the later rounds of the NHL Draft, getting the most out of their late picks to provide support for their top players. The Senators have leaned strongly towards the Swedish junior circuit, a league their scouts are very familiar with, but the organization has also taken chances on hometown kids. General Manager Bryan Murray made a point of drafting hard working, supporting cast-type players in 2013.
Photo: Denver University forward Quentin Shore, shown here competing at the 2012 All-American Prospects Game, hopes to join brothers Drew and Nick as an NHL prospect (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Colorado College’s Gustav Olofsson watched on from his Broomfield, CO, home as Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks began taking their rounds hoisting the Stanley Cup following the Blackhawks wild, come-from-behind 3-2 Game 6 victory.
Photo: University of New Hampshire defenseman Brett Pesce has an impressive season for the Wildcats as a true freshman (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
This year’s class of collegians eligible for this year’s NHL Draft isn’t as strong as in recent drafts. Nevertheless, the NCAA does have some players who could hear their names called when the draft gets underway on June 30th at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Photo: Cornell University forward Cole Bardreau may have helped his 2013 draft stock with a solid performance for the gold medal-winning USA squad at the 2013 World Juniors (courtesy of Rich Barnes/Icon SMI)
This year’s crop of draft-eligible players for the NHL Draft isn’t as strong as in recent drafts. Nevertheless, the NCAA does have some players who could hear their names called when the draft gets underway on June 30th in New Jersey.