With their second pick in the first round, the Ottawa Senators had the choice to pull the parachute on Alexander Khokhlachev's free fall, and yet chose not to. The poor guy is going to really start wishing he had chosen McDonald's over tofu dogs here pretty quick.
No, the Senators leave the Russian on the board and take Matt Puempel, a good sized left wing who looks like he belongs in a role saying "I see dead people" or some other classic child actor line. Puempel is almost guaranteed first round material, but 21 is pretty good position for him. Great pick by Ottawa.
1. Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2. Colorado Avalanche: Gabriel Landeskog
3. Florida Panthers: Adam Larsson
4. New Jersey Devils: Sean Couturier
5. New York Islanders: Jonathan Huberdeau
6. Ottawa Senators: Ryan Strome
7. Winnipeg: Mika Zibanejad
8. Columbus Blue Jackets: Dougie Hamilton
9. Boston Bruins: Ryan Murphy
10. Minnesota Wild: Sven Bartschi
11. Colorado Avalanche: Duncan Siemens
12. Carolina Hurricanes: Mark McNeill
13. Calgary Flames: Joel Armia
14. Dallas Stars: Zack Phillips
15. New York Rangers: Mark Scheifele
16. Buffalo Sabres: Nathan Beaulieu
17. Montreal Canadiens: Jamie Oleksiak
18. Chicago Blackhawks: Brandon Saad
19. Edmonton Oilers: Oscar Kelfbom
20. Phoenix Coyotes: Thomas Jurco
21. Ottawa Senators: Matthew Puempel
Next up, the much love Anaheim Ducks. Make the jump and help the Ducks pick their next prospect.
The Anaheim Ducks are an odd team when it comes to Wild fans. One, they were (and are) a hated team due to the playoff series in 2007. They employed Todd Bertuzzi. On the flip side, they have Bobby Ryan and that goal he scored against the Wild is still comic gold, and they have George Parros, one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet.
For prospects, they have a ton of talented forwards in the ranks. Emerson Etem & Kyle Palmieri leading the class. With Cam Fowler on the blueline, the Ducks have a stud defenseman to build around as well. But is Fowler enough? They also have Justin Schultz and Sami Vatanen coming through the system, but neither of them is a blue chipper.
Will the Ducks bolster a seemingly weak defensive prospect pool, or will they add to the incredible depth in the forward ranks. You make the choice, and you are on the clock.