Senators owner gives thumbs up

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:02 AM ET

OTTAWA - Senators GM Bryan Murray has gotten the stamp of approval from his boss.

After having the lowest scoring team in the league last season with only 192 goals, Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk was pleased to see Murray and his scouting staff try to help improve the offence in this weekend’s NHL draft.

In an exclusive e-mail Saturday, Melnyk told the Ottawa Sun: “The guys have gone for offence, offence and more offence. We are well set on defence with what we already have. “We are well now positioned to provide our fans some awesome, exciting hockey and have built a nucleus on what can be a GREAT team.”

Melnyk said he was happy the Senators drafted players from the 67’s and Gatineau Olympiques.

“In Shane Prince and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, we have drafted kids who have played locally and are very skilled and compete very hard. We like them both very much” said Melnyk.

“We also feel it is a great chance for local fans to embrace guys who played for the Ottawa 67’s (Prince) and Gatineau Olympiques (Pageau). We can see these kids as the type of players we can help to market and sell to the fans.”

Getting Nikita Filatov from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a third round selection was a bonus.

“He has struggled a bit in Columbus, but we feel he is a great asset to acquire and we hope he will be able to establish himself as an NHL player in Ottawa,” said Melnyk.


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