(Buffalo) To ensure to have his man, Pierre Dorion took advantage of his first draft as general manager of the Ottawa Senators to conclude its first transaction.
To reverse his 12th selection of the first round with the 11th held by the New Jersey Devils, it sold its third-round pick of Saturday at them and then select the center Logan Brown, of the Windsor Spitfires, a colossus 6 ‘6’ ‘who is the son of head coach 67’s Jeff Brown.
“For us, Logan is someone that was as scouting staff. We think he has all the attributes to be a center of the ‘top six’, he is a great guy who moves well, has a lot of skills and he knows how to play both ends of the ice, “said Dorion in the moments following the transaction and the selection on the draft floor at First Niagara Center.
“We really wanted Logan is someone we had targeted our scouts and myself. We saw this play repeatedly, we liked that progression, skills are exceptional, he will be able to play on one of the top two lines made at maturity, it takes a place on the ice … I was happy (to the exchange), it was worth it just to move a row to get the player we targeted our scouts were unanimous that this was the thing to do, “he added more later in the evening.
A native of Raleigh, but raised in St. Louis, Brown almost his entire family in Ottawa, his parents and his grandparents who live near the Canadian Tire Centre.
“It’s pretty amazing, I spent almost all my summers (in Ottawa) since I was born. I am familiar with the organization and the city. Growing up, I always wanted to be a Senator. I went to see the matches, my grandparents are there, and now the rest of my family is my father who runs the 67’s. It’s a dream come true, and words can not describe how I feel right now, “he said at his press conference.
Brown was the second top scorer Spitfires last season with 21 goals and 53 assists for 74 points after a harvest of 43 points as a rookie to 16 years where he had earned a place on the team Rookie OHL.
His idol is Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks, and hopes to expand to play in the same way that he once made in the NHL. “It is my role model,” he said. “It is an intriguing prospect with his size, he has a good pedigree … Pierre did a good job to ensure that we can choose it, he did not quit. And yes, he has a bit of Joe Thornton in him, there are similarities. He is a good passer, good vision. And it is not just big, it’s huge. It was higher than that on our list and I did not think we would have a chance to take it, “said the chief scout Bob Lowes.
When the Senators concluded their exchange to climb one position, he had no idea he was the intended player.
“This draft was such a gamble, I do not know what to think. During the previous six choice, I do not know if I would be selected or not. You talk to all the teams and you have no idea. These are the most beautiful moments of your life, but it is also the worst time. You sit there with your family and it’s brutal to wait for your name to be mentioned. I however felt much better when Ottawa chose me, “he said.
It’s probably no coincidence that the Senators have set their sights on him while he is training for a few weeks this summer with their fitness manager, Chris Schwarz.
“I train with him at the CTC, so I’m pretty familiar with the place … I try to add lots of muscle, become stronger. I think this is the only thing missing in my game, strength and the explosion in the first skater. When I have that, I think being able to reach the NHL, “says Brown, who weighs about 220 pounds.
“We had maybe a few spies who watched” joked Dorion about it.
With this transaction, it means that the Senators, unless a transaction, will have only four selections to perform Saturday at the second, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds. The third round pick was ceded to the Devils got New York Islanders against Shane Prince.
A proud father of his son
Logan Brown can now tease her father Jeff saying he was selected ahead of him in the repechage.
While he was a first-round pick, the 11th overall, his father had to wait in the second round in 1984 before hearing the Quebec Nordiques his name. Yet he was ranked higher than that, which allowed him to give a little advice to her offspring before it takes place in the stands of the First Niagara Center.
“My father told me to be ready for the worst. Him, he had quite slipped to its rep, “he told the new hope of the Senators.
Father Brown, head coach of the 67’s, was obviously very proud of the turn of events for her son. “It’s amazing, he said in French law. My parents live a half mile (one kilometer) from the home of the Senators. And obviously with me as the coach of the 67’s. It was stressful the first repechage round, but it’s exciting to have the chance to see him play a little. Ottawa is my hometown and for him it is a second home. He will have a great chance to make in my hometown and his. ”
Jeff Brown led his son to hockey in the organization of the St. Louis Blues AAA and therefore knows his potential.
“I see it as a potential number one center with the Senators, that’s what I hope. All he needs to do is continue to work hard, be a good teammate and good things will happen to him, “he noted.
Ironically, the son would not play for his father when he arrived in the juniors and it got the job with the 67’s.
“I did not want to play him in junior. He directed me in minor hockey, when you’re one of the best players of your club and that no one will question your ice time. But it would have been different in junior. Anyway, I fell in love when I arrived in Windsor, I love the organization and I knew I would be treated well, “said Logan Brown, who was one of three Spitfires selected in first round after the defender Mikhail Sergachev (Montreal Canadiens, 9th) and before the defender Logan Stanley (Winnipeg Jets, 18th).
In this draft, where several former NHL players were selected son, Logan Brown also has a relationship with Jakob favors Chychrun, Sarnia Sting, was chosen five ranks after him by the Arizona Coyotes. He is the son of Jeff Chychrun, also from Ottawa and was born four days after Jeff Brown in 1966. Both played their minor hockey together and were drafted in the NHL one after another in this second round of the 1984 auction.
An interview for Raymond?
A Montreal radio host said on Twitter Friday that the head coach Guy Boucher Senators gave an interview to his longtime friend Martin Raymond in the hours before the draft and was an assistant position to him if he wanted to. After giving an interview on TSN Radio before the auction, Boucher denied he had made an offer to him that one of his assistants in Tampa Bay as well as Hamilton in the AHL. “We have not yet obtained all necessary authorizations for such hiring, we must still talk with Pierre Dorion and our owner,” he said. Raymond was fired from his post as head coach of the Drummondville Voltigeurs last November.
Dorion defense Karlsson
The DG Senators Pierre Dorion was in Las Vegas on Wednesday night to attend the meeting of the Board of Governors confirmed that the entrance of Las Vegas in the NHL in 2017-2018 as well as the presentation of individual awards in the NHL. It was obviously his little opinion on the fact that the Norris Trophy for top defenseman Drew Doughty to be gone, Kings, preferably to his captain, Erik Karlsson. “If the journalists who voted for this award are as Drew Doughty had a better season Erik, you have to respect that. The disappointment is to see that there are some who do not even listed among the top five. I think it’s insulting to Erik to see Drew Doughty win the trophy, “said Dorion during a meeting with local journalists Thursday. Four journalists have not registered the name of Karlsson on the ballot, and three others did the same with Doughty.
Former Chief Marshall Johnston Senators, who had made the trade that sent Alexei Yashin to the New York Islanders against Jason Spezza and Zdeno Chara, announced his retirement after 40 years in the NHL, most scouting. In fact, the DG of the Carolina Hurricanes Ron Francis who announced the news in dedicating the selection of the club in the first round, the Quebec Julien Gauthier, the Val-d’Or Foreurs.
Abramov must wait
The striker Vitali Abramov Olympics had hopes of being selected late in the first round by some “experts” following the draft, but he will eventually expect Saturday to hear his name resound inside the First Niagara Center. The first round ended Friday evening with the selection of Sam Steel, Regina Pats, the 30th and last overall by the Anaheim Ducks.