Senators get winger Brady Tkachuk with No. 4 pick at NHL Draft


Brady Tkachuk, centre, of the United States, poses after being selected by the Ottawa Senators. (Michael Ainsworth/AP)

DALLAS — The Ottawa Senators have selected Brady Tkachuk with the fourth overall pick in the NHL draft.

The 18-year-old winger from Scottsdale, Ariz., had eight goals and 23 assists in 40 games during his freshman 2017-18 season at Boston University, helping the school to a Hockey East title while being named to the all-rookie team.

Tkachuk, the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s No. 2-ranked North American skater, added three goals and six assists to finish fifth in tournament scoring at the 2018 world junior hockey championship for the United States, which won bronze on home soil.

The six-foot-three, 192-pound forward is the son of former NHLer Keith Tkachuk and the brother of current Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk.

Brady Tkachuk, who is still growing, has both physical and play-making components to his skill set, much like his father and brother.

Keith Tkachuk, the 19th pick in 1990, scored 538 goals and added 527 assists in 1,201 games over 19 NHL seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Thrashers.

Matthew Tkachuk, 20, is set to enter his third season with Calgary. The sixth pick in 2016 has 37 goals and 60 assists in 144 career games.

The Senators also had the 22nd pick which they sent to the New York Rangers for No. 26 and 48. The selected defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker with the 26th overall selection.

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