Playoffs

Avalanche prepared to pick fourth if Senators fold

Posted On: Jun 14, 2018   |   Posted By: Yardbarker

There is a trio of top prospects in the draft this year: defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and forwards Andrei Svechnikov and Filip Zadina. After that, there is no consensus on the next-best player. In fact, the fourth overall pick more or less marks the beginning of a lesser tier of prospects; not exactly a power position in 2018. Next year, the Senators are almost certainly going to miss the playoffs and will be a lottery team with a chance to land in the top three with a lucky draw. According to odds makers, they are also the favorite to finish 31st, which would give them the best odds at the first overall pick - highly-touted franchise center Jack Hughes - and would mean that they could fall no farther than fourth again. There is risk in giving up a pick as high as 4 this year, but there is also substantial risk in not giving it away, blowing up the roster, and simply hoping for a better finish next year. The pain that the organization and the fans would feel about losing 1 after another brutal season would be f

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