Top 10 Prospects: Ottawa Senators
Ottawa has built up a deep pool of prospects with some very good players rounding out the Top 10. Though they lack a high end blue-chipper after Zibanejad, they potentially have more depth in their second tier than almost any other NHL team. Some of their players remain close to making the jump (1-2 years), so Murray will have his hands full trying to keep the pipeline flowing as they continue to graduate.
1. Mika Zibanejad, Center
6th Overall, 2011
6'3, 205 lbs
Mika competes all game long and brings a healthy dose of skill to the table. While big, he's not the type of power forward to beat you to a pulp, but rather wear you down physically and grind all game long. He brings soft hands, speed and a big shot to the table along with some good IQ for the game. He works hard in every zone and should make an NHL move sooner rather than later having played with men for a while now. Some do question if he'll be a center or a winger at the next level.
Upside: 1B Power Center
NHL Comparable: Ryan Kesler
2. Cody Ceci, Defense
Ottawa 67's, OHL
15th Overall, 2012
6'2, 203 lbs
Ceci is big. Ceci is skilled. Ceci is the type of player that a coach can throw out at any second of a game and know he'll do what he needs to do. He can play a very strong shutdown game, using his size and reach to angle opponents into submission. He can even transition the game, and carry the puck when the time comes. A big shooter, his game can be very opportune on the PP as well. A mean streak would go a long way with Cody.
Upside: Complimentary 2-3 Two-Way Defender
NHL Comparable: Brent Seabrook
3. Robin Lehner, Goalie
Binghamton Senators, AHL
46th Overall, 2009
6'4, 225 lbs
A big netminder, Lehner also conforms to a near-perfect butterfly technique. Having faced some adversity this year, Lehner will need to push back. Quick and agile, he shows the ability to play in a multitude of ways. He takes away the bottom of the net hard, and doesn't allow much to shoot at.
Upside: 50-60 Game Elite Goalie
NHL Comparable: Henrik Lundqvist
4. Shane Prince, Left Wing
Ottawa 67's, OHL
61st Overall, 2011
5'11, 190 lbs
Prince is booming. After a tremendous season last year in the A column, Prince exploded this year int he G column. A playmaker by definition, Prince grew as a player, shooting more and showing that he had more in his arsenal of offensive weapons. While small, Prince is known for his work ethic in all zones, and his high end vision and IQ.
Upside: Top Six Offensive Forward
NHL Comparable: Zach Parise-lite
5. Mark Stone, Right Wing
Brandon Wheat Kings, WHL
178th Overall, 2010
6'3, 208 lbs
Stone is big, but Stone can shoot. While Mark will have to continue to improve his skating, he's shown an ability to find open space, make himself an option and be a one shot scorer. He'll need to be paired up with a top end center to get the best out of him, but Stone can bring it with his multitude of shots, or by getting in tight to the net.
Upside: Top Nine Scoring Power Forward
NHL Comparable: Scott Hartnell