Tonight it was announced that the Ottawa Senators will pick fourth overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. The Senators fell to fourth after the Carolina Hurricanes jumped up to grab a spot in the top three. According to Ottawa Sun reporter Bruce Garrioch, Senators General Manager Pierre Dorion has said the Senators will keep the pick:
This means that the Colorado Avalanche will get the Senators first round pick in the 2019 draft, as the final piece of the Matt Duchene trade. It’s expected that the Senators pick will be a top 10 pick at minimum once again next season, potentially another top lottery pick if they do end up moving Erik Karlsson over the summer as rumours have suggested.
There are plenty of top names to follow already for next years draft, including Nolan Foote, son of former Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup winner Adam Foote, who is playing with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. Jack Hughes is one of the names that has been going around draft circles for years and he’s currently with the USNTDP where he put up 185 points in 97 games in the 17-18 hockey season.
There are also elite prospects like Kaapo Kakko, Peyton Kerbs and Alex Turcotte to be considered.
There are lots of options for the Avalanche, but now they can finally settle on their draft plans for this year and next.
Now we can have fun sitting back this summer and watching if Ottawa trades away their franchise defenseman (they probably will).
Scenario: The Senators hold onto their 2018 first & select Quinn Hughes 5th overall. The team gets even worse next year - because Dorion - and has to hand over an unprotected lottery pick to Colorado. The Avs win the lottery and select Quinn's more talented younger bother Jack.— Tom Hunter (@PuckDontLie) April 17, 2018