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Senators looking to move up the draft board

From Bruce Garrioch of Ottawa Sun:

The Senators are looking to make a big splash at next weekend’s draft.

Assistant GM Tim Murray confirmed the club, slated to pick 18th in the first round, will try to trade up to get a Top 10 selection.

Murray admitted the club will likely have to wait until the draft gets under way around 7 p.m. Friday at Scotiabank Place before securing a higher pick.

Senators brass will spend the days leading up to the draft talking with other clubs, inquiring about the price for a Top 10 selection.

The Senators wouldn’t just be moving up to please the hometown crowd. Murray, after meeting with the club’s top scouts — including player personnel director Brent Flahr and chief scout Pierre Dorion — is convinced a player drafted in the Top 10 could help the Senators next season.

Read the rest of Garrioch’s article here.

The Senators have to ensure that they don’t give up too much to get into the top 10. As much as you want to excite the hometown crowd (the draft is in Ottawa this upcoming Friday), if the Senators give up a king’s ransom to move into the top 10, they will probably regret it down the road.