With many highly-rated players dropping down the ranks, the Senators decided to go with a big-bodied, reliable center from the hockey factory that is the U.S. National Development Team. White produced at just under a point-per-game pace with the National Development Team this past season. The Hanover, MA native stands 6′ and 185 lbs. He’ll have time to add on some muscle mass and further hone his talents over the next few years; he’s committed to playing at another hockey factory next season – the Boston College Eagles.
This selection was made with the pick that the Senators acquired in the Robin Lehner trade; Lehner and David Legwand went to Buffalo in exchange for this pick.
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After selecting twice in the first round, the Senators will be back in the second round with another two picks. They will also select in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds.
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Ryan Pike has covered the Calgary Flames and the NHL Draft extensively since 2010 as a Senior Writer for The Hockey Writers and Senior Contributing Editor of FlamesNation.ca. A member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, he lives in Calgary.