Still in the midst of a rebuild, the Ottawa Senators are finally putting together a solid prospect pool. Today, NEFHL News releases our Top-10 prospect rankings for the Senators organization.
"This is a list I'm starting to get really excited about," said GM Mike McMahon. "It's going to be a lot of fun watching these players develop. Some will be helping our team very soon."
1. Anton Lundell, F (2020 1st): He's ready to play a pro game right now. He possesses all of the measurables and plays a mature game. He's a top-6 center at worst, most likely a solid 1st-line center in the mold of a Patrice Bergeron. Not going to put up 100 points, but a solid 60-70 point scorer, consistently, who plays hard at both ends and can be a C on your PK unit.
2. Cam York, D (2019 1st): Elite offensive defenseman who is a terrific skater and makes smart decisions. I'd compare him to Charlie McAvoy. Similar in size/stature and plays a similar game. Future top defenseman on our roster and cornerstone of that unit.
3. K'Andre Miller, D (2018 1st): Acquired in a trade, not through the draft, Miller is another top-pair defenseman. He doesn't possess the offensive abilities of York, but he'll be a solid two-way defender who is physical at the next level. His game is ready for the pros.
4. Roni Hirvonen, F (2020 2nd): He doesn't have the offensive potential as some of our other forwards do lower on the list, but Hirvonen has terrific pro potential as a 2nd line center (or a 3rd line center on a VERY good team). Has the ability to be one of the best defensive centers in the game while putting up 40-50 points. If that's on your 3rd line, you're doing great.
5. Lucas Elvenes, F (2017 2nd): Elvenes exploded onto the NA scene this year in the AHL after a long career in Sweden. He's older (21) than some of our top prospects, but has tremendous creativity and skating ability. Showed last year that he can adapt to the NA game. He's a very creative playmaker.
6. Jack Dugan, F (2017 7th): Another player acquired via trade last year. Dugan was one of the best offensive players in college hockey last season, posting 52 points in 34 games. In two years at Providence, he had 20 goals and 71 assists. Definitely more of a playmaker than a goal scorer, he's put up big scoring numbers at every level, and we expect that to continue as he enters the AHL.
7. Jan Mysak, F (2020 1st): Some would argue he should be higher on the list. Mysak has tremendous upside, but he is a project and will take some seasoning in the minors. I see his NEFHL arrival being a few years away, but he has the potential to be a top-six forward. Arrived in Hamilton last season and immediately fit into the OHL. Good forechecker and has an underrated shot.
8. Tyler Madden, F (2018 3rd): From a skill standpoint, Madden might be ready for the NHL right now. However, he needs to get a lot stronger. That's his biggest knock right now. Madden has very good hockey sense. He's an all-around player who can play in any situation. You can tell he is the son of a former pro the way he carries himself on the ice.
9. Nils Lundkvist, D (2018 2nd): Another offensive defenseman who doesn't have the abilities of York, but is close. He's not afraid to join the rush and get involved offensively. Very mobile.
10. Alex Vlasic, D (2019 2nd): Not going to lie, Vlasic brings almost nothing to the table offensively. That said, he has the potential to be an elite shutdown defender with tremendous size (6-foot-6). He uses his reach and strength to smother opponents. I'd say he's the favorite to win the puck even if he's on the wrong side of a 2-on-1. Very smart defenseman who, again, doesn't have tremendous offensive skill but has a HECK of a shot. Hopefully, as he advances, teams find ways to get the puck on his stick more. I think he could develop into a good PP defenseman, as your 4th guy, because of his slap shot. We see York, Miller, Lundkqvist and Vlasic as being a very solid top-4 defenseman group in the near future.