NHL Rumors: Senators Looking To Trade 7th Overall Pick In 2022

The Ottawa Senators' 7th overall pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft may be on the move. Per Bruce Garrioch, Pierre Dorion said the 7th overall pick is in play if the team can get an impactful player in return. This team has had a long enough rebuild and the fans were promised that the team would be competitive before the 2021-22 season.

With the core group of young players maturing and getting seasons under their belt, it appears as if Dorion is looking for a developed player who can make a difference right now and help push the Senators into the postseason, sort of like what they had hoped for when they brought on Evgenii Dadonov for the 2020-21 season.

Many of the Senators are 25 years old or younger and the team needs to start gaining traction before some of the players start asking for more money than the team can dish out. Dorion doesn't want another draft like 2021 where they drafted Tyler Boucher 10th overall. Dorion seems to be interested in an established player who he can count on to perform up to par.

They are not the only team who has stated their high first round pick is up for grabs at the right price. The New Jersey Devils are also in that category with their second overall pick. A non-lottery pick is much more affordable for teams looking to move into the top 10 in the draft and likely get a key player down the line. Rebuilding or even retooling teams could have their sights set on the Senators' 7th overall pick leading up to the draft.