From the TSN article cited above:
The Ottawa Senators have had a strong history of drafting and developing prospects, but many of them are no longer on their present roster.
They no longer have the depth of elite talent they once had, however, the Senators do have some potential NHL players on this list. This group does have some skill, but the character and grit sometimes overshadows it since there are only a couple well-known names.
It is worth noting that the Sens do have a couple of potential NHL players whom have graduated off the prospects list because of the number of games they have played: Jeff Glass and Peter Regin. They did have a strong Russian contingent in their system with Alexander Nikulin, Ilya Zubov, Igor Mirnov, Kirill Lyamin and Vitali Anikeyenko. Unfortunately, most of these Russians either did not come over to North America or develop as expected.
Up front in North America they have Ilya Zubov, Jim O'Brien, Cody Bass, Shawn Weller, Kaspars Daugavins, Zach Smith, Derek Grant and Louie Caporusso, but none of them are considered to be top line players.
The Sens still have the rights to Russian Ruslan Bashkirov, who has been in Russia the past two seasons after a year in the QMJHL. It is uncertain whether Bashkirov will come over to the AHL next season or stay in Russia permanently. From this group the Sens could develop some fine role players who might help their secondary scoring down the road. What they are missing are dynamic offensive players that have the skill to produce at an elite level.
The strength for Ottawa's system is on the blueline, where things look bright with Brian Lee, Erik Karlsson, Patrick Wiercioch, Eric Gryba, and Tomas Kudelka. It is possible the trio of Karlsson, Lee and Wiercioch all have the potential to be top four defenscmen in the NHL. Of the three, only Lee looks to be ready to play full time next year, with Karlsson and Wiercioch a year or two behind. To Kudelka's credit he has improved his play in the AHL and might be able to take his game to the next level. Expect Gryba to turn pro after winning a National Championship with Boston University.
In goal they have some depth and talent at the NHL level with Brian Elliot and newly acquired Pascal LeClaire. The third man between the pipes who has some potential to play at the NHL level is Glass. As noted earlier, Glass has four seasons as a pro under his belt and has played enough games to be removed from the Senators prospect list. This situation will allow the Senators time to draft and groom a goaltender for the future.
Long term the Senators must focus on obtaining offensively skilled forwards they can build the rest of their prospects around over the next few drafts. With high first and second picks in a deep draft this year, the Sens should be able to add pieces to the puzzle.