Scouting the future

The members of the Ottawa Senators scouting staff have made their lists.

Now they’re checking them twice (sorry, couldn’t resist), getting final looks at prospects during the Memorial Cup tournament and next week’s NHL scouting combine of Top 100 prospects. 

While Senators GM Bryan Murray says “I don’t think anything gets too swayed because of the Memorial Cup”, he is getting a few more looks at Jonathan Huberdeau — in the unlikely event the Saint John Sea Dogs star is still available when the Senators choose sixth overall at the entry draft.

Murray also says he’s keeping his eye on another “possible second round pick”. Remember, the Senators have three of them, thanks to the Chris Kelly and Chris Campoli trades.

The combine, where players are tested physically and interviewed by individual teams, has the potential to raise red flags. A prospect may be dealing with a previously undisclosed injury or a team may not like the answers he gives.

Or, alternatively, a player could produce “off the chart” results which may result in him moving up on individual team lists.

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