This is shaping up to be an important week in the history of the Ottawa Senators

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This could be one of the biggest weeks in the history of the franchise for the Ottawa Senators.While the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee will meet virtually on Wednesday to determine whether former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and winger Marian Hossa will be part of this year’s class, when the recruits are announced around 4:30 p. m, all eyes in Ottawa and then turn to the first phase of the NHL draft lottery which will take place Friday night at 8 p.m. on Sportsnet.

As the Senators enter what is a pivotal phase of this reconstruction, the club will have a combined 25% chance of winning the lottery. If the Detroit Red Wings have the best chance to 18.5 per cent as a result of their 31st place finish, the Senators have a 13.5% chance at no. 1 with their own pick and another 11.5 percent in occasion with the first round selection they received from the San Jose Sharks in the Erik Karlsson treat in 2018.

With the NHL break due to the new coronavirus are expected to resume next month, the lottery was changed to determine the selection order, but the rules have not been modified. Fifteen teams will participate in the first phase of the lottery and three draws will be held to determine the order. The first draw is to select, n ° 1, the second is to choose n ° 2 and the third, naturally, for the N ° 3.

There will be a second phase to the lottery if one of the unknown clubs involved in the 24-team play-in round in the was wins one of the raffles. The Senators have three picks in the first round of the draft, because they also have the New York Islanders, the top of the selection of Jean-Gabriel Pageau commerce in February, however, that one is lottery protected.

To win is a shot in the top of the standings winger Alexis Lafrenière of the Oceanic of Rimouski and has been ranked # 1 by TSN’s Bob McKenzie when it released its list of the top 93 players Monday morning. Lafreniere finished with 35 goals and 112 points in 52 games with the ocean this season and is widely regarded in NHL circles as a difference-maker in all aspects of the game.

“It is a franchise-changer,” Craig Button, TSN, the director of scouting, said Lafrenière on the classification performance. “If you go back to the last 10 first picks, I just a notch behind the three meters, which would be (Connor) McDavid, (Nathan) MacKinnon and (Auston) Matthews.

“In his rookie season I think he is capable of contributing 60 points or more. You consider the way he plays the game, we know that the skill level is very high, but it is his ability to tap into these competitive times. It is not enough to know, this is how you can contribute, and he has done it many times. He brings a high level of competence, the spirit of competition and the knowledge of what needs to happen.

“I have no doubt in my mind, it is going to change a franchise, and it will be the future captain.”

This is why Ottawa fans have waited all season with baited breath to see where the lottery balls will fall to the organization. According to the rules, the Senators can go back no further than the n ° 5 and n ° 6, and this is regarded as a solid draft in many circles.

Before Tim Stutzle of Mannheim in the Deutsche Elite League in Germany has been ranked no. 2 by McKenzie while TSN has the center of Quinton Byfield of the OHL Sudbury Wolves at no. 3. Defender Jamie Drysdale of Erie and winger Cole Perfetti of Saginaw, completed the top five. Stuzle is interesting because it has a strong ability to manage the puck.

“For all young people who do not know what stick handling in a phone booth, that is exactly what Stutzle no,” said Button. “He is dazzling with his ability to control the puck.”

First of all, though, is a decision by the hall of Fame committee on Alfredsson and Hossa.

This will be the fourth time Alfredsson, 47, will be eligible to be selected after being passed over for the first three years. Those who follow this very closely believe that it is about to be selected, however, it is difficult to predict what might happen. If this decision was taken exclusively by people in Ottawa, it would be automatic, but the committee has not seen this way.

Selected No. 12 overall by the Senators in 1997, Hossa, 41, who is on the ballot for the first time, has a strong chance. He played seven seasons with the Senators before he was dealt to the Atlanta Thrashers in August 2005 due to a contract dispute with former GM John Muckler. Hossa has won three Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks in a career that ended in 2017.

His playoff numbers are incredible, with 52 goals and 149 points in 205 games. He went to the Cup final with three different teams: Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Chicago, before winning with the Hawks in 2010.

Therefore, there may be celebrations on two fronts for Ottawa fans this week. To honor the possible induction of one or two players in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and another to mark the Senators with the no. 1 overall selection in the draft.

BOB MCKENZIE’S TOP 10 PROSPECTS

1 .Alexis Lafreniere, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL)

2. Tim Stutzle, C/LW, Mannheim (Germany)

3. Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury (OHL)

4. Jamie Drysdale, RD, Erie (OHL)

5. Cole Perfetti, LW, Saginaw (OHL)

6. Lucas Raymond, RW, Frolunda (Sweden)

7. Marco Rossa, C, Ottawa (OHL)

8. Jake Sanderson, LD, usa (under 18 years of age)

9. Alexander Holtz, LW/RW, Djurgardens (Sweden)

10. Jack Quinn, RW, Ottawa (OHL)

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