The Ottawa Senators have had many great draft picks over their history. In comparison to other franchises, the Sens have actually drafted quite well. With all those great picks, there are a few busts mixed into the fold. One of those busts is defenseman Brian Lee.
Going into the 2005 NHL Draft, the 2004-05 season had been wiped out due to the lockout, so the typical draft lottery format wouldn’t work. In order to make the system “fair”, the lottery had been completely revamped, and when the dust had settled, the Senators had the ninth-overall selection. While Ottawa did host the draft, it was located at the Westin Hotel instead of their arena, only attended by the draftees, management teams, and NHL officials. While the definitive best player in the draft was without a doubt Sidney Crosby, the rest of the draft was still up for debate.
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Ottawa was in the middle of their best era in franchise history, so the roster wasn’t lacking anything specific. There were a number of players projected to be available at their draft position. Ottawa selected Lee, a Minnesota-born defenseman from the Lincoln Stars of the USHL/Moorhead High School.
Lee’s Initial Report
While he wasn’t the best available player, Lee was still…