OTTAWA - A day after Daniel Alfredsson broke bread with three visiting prospects, the veteran with “character” that management invited to come out for dinner with Gabriel Landeskog and Jonathan Huberdeau Tuesday was Matt Carkner.
As enamoured as he had to be with the sociable blueliner, Landeskog’s childhood hero was the Ottawa captain. Oh well. Apparently, the 17-year-old Kitchener Rangers captain was also high on the Sedin twins.
“I was very star struck,” Landeskog said of meeting Henrik and Daniel in Boston Monday. “It was funny, my dad told me after I went from being a hockey prospect to a little kid again. It was fun.”
The Senators will likely have to trade up if they’re to land either Landeskog or Huberdeau, ranked second and third respectively by Central Scouting Bureau. GM Bryan Murray plans to talk with other teams about improving his No. 6 position as the June 24-25 draft gets closer.
“Both of them appear like they can play next year,” Murray said of Landeskog and Huberdeau. “Both of them appear to be real quality men. I would say we’d be fortunate if they were at our spot.”
Meanwhile, Murray said he still plans to meet with Binghamton’s Kurt Kleinendorst about the Senators’ vacant coaching job, which he would like to have filled within the next couple of weeks.
“I’ve had some really good interviews,” said Murray. “It’s a dilemma every time you pick a coach because you hear a lot of good things from different people, and it’s a matter of who you believe at the end of the day will carry it through when they get a chance to be the coach.
“There are some good people out there, that’s all I can say.”