NHL: Senators retain 7th pick in 2024 draft

The Ottawa Senators will retain the seventh overall pick in this year’s draft, meaning the team will have to forfeit its first-round selection in either 2025 or 2026 following an NHL sanction.

Senators president and general manager Steve Staios confirmed the decision Wednesday, although it was expected to be made within 24 hours of Tuesday night’s draft lottery. Ottawa’s draft position not changed during lottery

The Sens were faced with this dilemma after being sanctioned by the NHL for their role in the trade of Evgenii Dadonov to the Vegas Golden Knights in July 2021 and the eventually aborted trade between the Golden Knights and the Anaheim Ducks in March 2022 .

The Senators traded Dadonov to the Golden Knights for Nick Holden and a 3rd round pick in July 2021, but failed to tell the Golden Knights that the Russian had a 10-team no-trade clause, which caused problems at the 2022 trade deadline.

The Golden Knights had in fact traded Dadonov and a 2nd round pick to the Ducks in return for John Moore and Ryan Kesler’s contract. The trade was canceled two days later by the NHL, however, as the Ducks were one of ten clubs on Dadonov’s list.

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