OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators selected forward Tyler Boucher with the 10th overall pick at the NHL entry draft Friday.
The six-foot-one, 205-pound right-winger comes from the U.S. National Team Development Program where he put up 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 12 games last season for the under-18 squad. He is currently committed to Boston University for the upcoming season.
Boucher’s father is former NHL goaltender Brian Boucher, who played 13 seasons in the league.
The draft is being held virtually for the second year in a row and Senators general manager announced the pick from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, saying the club is looking forward to welcome fans back to the stands in October.
Ottawa will have five more picks (No. 39, 42, 74, 170, 202) when the draft resumes with the second round on Saturday.
The Senators struggled through the beginning of the abbreviated 2021 NHL season and ended the campaign second last in the North Division with a 23-28-5 record.
One bright spot was rookie Tim Stuetzle, who Ottawa chose third overall in last year’s draft.
The 19-year-old German left-winger tallied 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 53 NHL games.
The Sens also selected Jake Sanderson in the first round last year, selecting the American defenceman with the No. 5 overall pick.