The Ottawa Senators are among those teams that have absolutely no desire to draft a defenseman. Their fans don't want a d-man, the team probably needs a d-man, and the GM (I think) can spell d-man. They have goaltending issues, aging stars, and defensive corps headlined by Sergei Gonchar and my all time favorite Wild player, Filip Kuba.
Still, the fans agree with me, and the Senators run as far away from the blue line as they can get. With the sixth pick, the Wilderness selected Ryan Strome for the Senators. Here's to hoping he can play defense.
Our Mock Draft thus far:
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
After the jump, make your pick and make your case for the Atlanta Thrashers.
OK, sure, the Thrashers look to be on their way to Winnipeg. As of this writing, nothing is confirmed, and there was no announcement on the day there was reportedly supposed to be a major announcement. I put zero faith in the world to do the right thing, and this is no different.
Alas, we plug on, making a pick for the franchise. Regardless of where they play their home games next season, the franchise has the organizational depth they have. They do not get a new AHL affiliate, they don't get to re-do past drafts, and they still don't have Ilya Kovalchuk. Thus, they need a draft pick.
The Thrashers made some shrewd moves last offseason, trading for Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien. With Big Buff on the blueline along with Johnny Oduya, Tobias Entrom, and young gun Zach Bogosian, there is absolutely zero chance the Thrashers take a defenseman. If they do, then the GM is showing he has zero desire to move to Winnipeg.
With plenty of offensive talent on the board, Dougie Hamilton and Ryan Murphy will have to wait. If the Thrash do go for an offensive forward, do the take a center or wing? Will a Swiss player do well in the ATL, or do they pick a fine Canadian boy?
The choice is yours.