Senators select Gatineau goalie
MIKE KOREEN, QMI Agency
|The Senators selected Quebec Remparts goaltender Francois Brassard in the sixth round of the NHL draft at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Penn., June 22, 2012. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI Agency)
The Senators are giving another local player a chance to stay at home.
With their sixth-round pick in the NHL draft Saturday in Pittsburgh, the Senators took Gatineau-born goalie Francois Brassard of the Quebec Remparts on Saturday.
Brassard, the son of Le Droit sports editor Marc Brassard, was the second local player drafted by the Senators, following first-round pick Cody Ceci of Orléans.
With their second pick at the draft (third round, 76th overall), the Senators grabbed Calgary Hitmen netminder Chris Driedger Saturday.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound native of Winnipeg had a 2.80 goals-against average and an .896 save percentage in the WHL this past season.
Six picks later, the Senators took Owen Sound Attack centre Jarrod Maidens, whose 2011-12 was cut short (28 games) because of a concussion. In the fourth round, the Sens scooped up American high school defenceman Timothy Boyle, younger brother of Brian Boyle of the New York Rangers.
With their fifth-round selection, the Senators opted for a centre from the USHL — Robert Baillargeon of the Indiana Ice. Ottawa used its final pick, in the seventh round, on Swedish defenceman Mikael Wikstrand.
The Senators did not have a pick in the second round. On Friday night, they gobbled up 67’s star defenceman Cody Ceci of Orléans 15th overall.
Meanwhile, Nepean’s Daniel Altshuller is now property of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Altshuller, a goalie with the Oshawa Generals, became the third local player to go in the NHL draft when he was taken in the third round (69th overall by Carolina).
A former Nepean Raider, Altshuller was the fifth goaltender selected in the draft.
In the fifth round, Raiders defenceman Ben Hutton, a Prescott native, went to the Vancouver Canucks. Hutton was the first CCHL player to be picked. Czech-born winger Tomas Hyka of the Gatineau Olympiques went in the sixth round to the Los Angeles Kings.
Mountain’s Slater Koekkoek (10th overall, Tampa Bay Lightning) and Ceci were the first two local players to have their names called at the event.