Senators To Use 7th Overall Pick As Trade Bait

The Ottawa Senators are prepared to make changes this summer in order to finally take that step into a playoff spot in 2024-25. That is still going to take some work as many of the core are locked up and it is up to them to carry the team forward.

One area where the Senators are prepared to do a lot to upgrade is in net. This means they are willing to part with a high valued pick to do so. Ottawa is reportedly listening to offers for their 7th overall pick in the 2024 draft, per Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

This isn't to say that the pick will be traded outright with nothing in the first round coming back. Since the 2024 draft looks to be a very good one at the top of the draft, there is a lot of value in the 7th overall pick. A move could also see the Senators move back and still get what they're looking for in return in another area to bolster their team.

The Senators have been pretty solid at drafting players and seeing them develop into contributors at the NHL level, but for a team that has been out of the playoffs and rebuilding for a while, the prospect pool isn't as good as it should be.

The Senators are looking into top goaltenders like Jacob Markstrom, Linus Ullmark, Juuse Saros, and more as Joonas Korpisalo was not as advertised and the team is wanting to move on from him already. This will be costly, but the rest of the team is ready to make the playoff push and can't be held back by poor netminding. Watch for the Senators' first first-round pick to be a topic of conversation as we approach the draft.

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