Sens 'don't have needs'
Four 2010 draft picks are enough for pleased execs
LOS ANGELES — Senators assistant GM Tim Murray and chief scout Pierre Dorion were all smiles, despite drafting just four players this year.
After dealing their first-round pick to St. Louis for David Rundblad, the Senators used their remaining picks to take three forwards and a blueliner.
“You guys want us to have needs. I’m not being negative. We don’t have needs. We just have to continually stock the cupboard,” said Murray.
“You look at the first day: We deal for a young, top-end defenceman. Was defence our need? Probably not. It was too good a trade to pass up. We did take three forwards. We could have passed on the last defenceman if we were worried about needs.”
The Rundblad trade, plus having dealt away both of their second-round picks for Matt Cullen and Andy Sutton at the trade deadline last season, the Senators’ first draft pick didn’t come until the third round, at No. 76.
They used it to take Jakub Culek, a Czech forward who had 47 points in 63 games for Rimouski of the QMJHL last season. The Senators like his skills, but also because he has experience playing the North American game in junior.
“I had to learn to speak French and that was a little tough on me,” said Culek, who flew to Los Angeles with his family for the draft. “(Ottawa’s) a very good place to play and I’m really happy to be there.”
As for the Senators’ other picks, Swedish winger Markus Sorenson and Brandon’s Mark Stone are both projects ,while Bryce Aneloski of the USHL has good offensive skills.
“All four guys have a specific dimension. We feel Culek has size, terrific hockey sense with the puck and without the puck, he’s just got to get quicker,” said Dorion. “Sorenson has the speed and the skill. Stone has hockey sense, hands and he’s only lacking quickness. Aneloski has an offensive dimension.”