How The Ottawa Senators Could've Had BYFIELD & STUTZLE, But They Lost To The LA Kings (NHL Draft)
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This is quite literally the biggest loss of the Ottawa Senators 2019-2020 NHL season, and it came right at the very end.
The game we’re speaking of is the final matchup of the year for both the LA Kings and the Sens, which happened to be against each other on March 11th. This game ultimately ended up deciding which of the two teams rose to 28th in the NHL standings, which ended up being the spot which won the 2nd overall pick at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
This implies that the Ottawa Senators had a very legitimate opportunity to draft both 2nd and 3rd overall at the Draft, had they defeated the Kings and taken their spot in the standings. It would’ve remained this way since the draft ranking of the San Jose Sharks pick—acquired by the Sens in the Erik Karlsson trade two years ago—would not have changed based on the outcome of that LAK/OTT game.
It was ultimately Gabriel Vilardi, Martin Frk, and Drew Doughty who sealed the deal.
The current NHL rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft go as follows:
1st) Undetermined team
2nd) Los Angeles Kings
3rd) Ottawa Senators (via San Jose Sharks)
4th) Detroit Red Wings
5th) Ottawa Senators
6th) Anaheim Ducks
7th) New Jersey Devils
8th) Buffalo Sabres.
The draft is stacked with guys like Alexis Lafrenière at the top, with Quinton Byfield, Tim Stützle, Lucas Raymond, Alexander Holtz, Jamie Drysdale, Marco Rossi, Cole Perfetti, Jake Sanderson, and Yaroslav Askarov rounding out the top 10. The rest of the draft has a ton of great talent as well, like Anton Lundell, Kaiden Guhle, Dawson Mercer, Braden Schneider, Dylan Holloway, Hendrix Lapierre, Connor Zary, Justin Barron, Jack Quinn, John-Jason Peterka, William Wallinder, Rodion Amirov, Jacob Perreault, and Seth Jarvis.
The former NHL Draft Lottery odds, went in order as the Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks (Senators), Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Arizona Coyotes (Devils), Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks (Devils), Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs (Hurricanes), Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders (Senators), Dallas Stars, Carolina Hurricanes (Rangers), Pittsburgh Penguins (Wild), Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning (Sharks), Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, and Boston Bruins (Ducks).
Gabe Vilardi was one of the top NHL prospects of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
The 2017 NHL Entry Draft saw many top NHL prospects get selected by a variety of teams. The first round of the draft went as follows:
1st – New Jersey Devils, Nico Hischier
2nd – Philadelphia Flyers, Nolan Patrick
3rd – Dallas Stars, Miro Heiskanen
4th – Colorado Avalanche, Cale Makar
5th – Vancouver Canucks, Elias Pettersson
6th – Vegas Golden Knights, Cody Glass
7th – New York Rangers (from Arizona Coyotes), Lias Andersson
8th – Buffalo Sabres, Casey Mittelstadt
9th – Detroit Red Wings, Michael Rasmussen
10th – Florida Panthers, Owen Tippett
11th – Los Angeles Kings, Gabriel Vilardi
12th – Carolina Hurricanes, Martin Necas
13th – Vegas Golden Knights (from Winnipeg Jets), Nick Suzuki
14th – Tampa Bay Lightning, Callan Foote
15th – Vegas Golden Knights (from New York Islanders), Erik Brannstrom
16th – Calgary Flames, Juuso Valimaki
17th – Toronto Maple Leafs, Timothy Liljegren
18th – Boston Bruins, Urho Vaakanainen
19th – San Jose Sharks, Josh Norris
20th – St. Louis Blues, Robert Thomas
21st – New York Rangers, Filip Chytil
22nd – Edmonton Oilers, Kailer Yamamoto
23rd – Arizona Coyotes (from Minnesota Wild), Pierre-Olivier Joseph
24th – Winnipeg Jets (from Columbus Blue Jackets via Vegas Golden Knights), Kristian Vesalainen
25th – Montreal Canadiens, Ryan Poehling
26th – Dallas Stars (from Chicago Blackhawks), Jake Oettinger
27th – Philadelphia Flyers (from Washington Capitals via St. Louis Blues), Morgan Frost
28th – Ottawa Senators, Shane Bowers
29th – Chicago Blackhawks (from Anaheim Ducks via Dallas Stars), Henri Jokiharju
30th – Nashville Predators, Eeli Tolvanen
31st – St. Louis Blues (from Pittsburgh Penguins), Klim Kostin
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