After the hustle and bustle of a gruelling (and elongated) season, National Hockey League general managers have little time to rest on their laurels. The offseason comes thick and fast and is all-systems go from the moment the Stanley Cup is awarded.
For Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion, this offseason has certainly been one for the ages for a variety of reasons. How active was Dorion, what changes did he make to his roster, and what is the future prognosis of the Senators? I answer these questions and many more by giving one of hockey’s busiest GMs a comprehensive report card based on four specific areas of focus: the NHL Draft, free-agency, internal signings, and the trade front. Let’s read on and find out how Dorion fared this offseason, shall we?
2020 NHL Entry Draft – Grade: A-
After the highly-anticipated NHL Draft Lottery came and went, the Senators owned both the third and fifth overall selections, and were also granted the 28th overall pick (via the New York Islanders) for a grand total of three first-round selections. Not too shabby for a rebuilding team, wouldn’t you say? When all was said and done, Tim Stutzle (third), Jake Sanderson (fifth), and Ridley Greig (28th) each donned the Senators’ uniform after Round 1.
Although neither have played a shift at the NHL level yet, it certainly appears as though the Senators secured not…