Senators News: June 29th

-Here are my predictions for who the Sens will draft.

-As expected, Daniel Alfredsson has decided to return for another season.  It would have been a surprise if he decided not to come back, so there’s no need to re-assess the Sens depth going into the fall.

Joe Yerdon believes Chicago’s buyouts of Rostislav Olesz (Jacques Martin’s best contract ever) and Steve Montador mean that Marian Hossa isn’t going anywhere.

-I agree with Lyle Richardson that Bryan Bickell and Pascal Dupuis are likely to be retained by their respective teams.

Adnan speculates on what defensemen the Sens could target if they decide to add a veteran to the blueline.  He throws out Varada-favourite Grant Clitsome, former Leaf Ian White, former Sabre Jordan Leopold, not-quite-NHL-calibre Adam Pardy, and Edmonton-reject Kurtis Foster.  Adnan sums up his list succinctly:

Not an overly fantastic free agent class this year.

That puts it mildly; I wouldn’t sign any of them.  All of these players are better than Mike Lundin, but that’s not the standard we want to keep.  Adnan prefers Leopold among the group, but if I had to pick I’d go with Clitsome.

Ryan Kennedy includes comments from scouts on 42 different draft-eligible players and I highly recommend reading them.

Brian Costello does a less sophisticated, first-round focussed source-blend for a new top-30 for the draft.

Allan Muir offers his mock draft and has the Sens picking Alexander Wennberg with their pick.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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