After making a couple of trades during the draft, including goaltender Robin Lehner to Buffalo, Ottawa Senators general manager, Bryan Murray, wasn’t done unloading contracts as he sent off defenseman Eric Gryba to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for prospect Travis Ewanyk and the 107th overall pick in the 2015 NHL entry draft.
#Sens acquire pick #107 and prospect Travis Ewanyk from Edmonton for Eric Gryba.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) June 27, 2015
Ottawa would go on to use that very pick to select defenseman, Christian Wolanin of the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks.
The big bodied (6’4″ and 214 lbs.), stay-at-home defenseman, Gryba played his most games in a NHL season at 75 games in this past year while notching 12 assists and gathering 97 penalty minutes. He would go on to play all six games in the first round of the 2015 post-season, remaining pointless and spending 14 minutes in the penalty box. Gryba has one year left remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $1.25 million. He is 27 years old. He has spent his entire career with the Senators playing 165 games and notching 4 goals and 25 assists for 29 points. He has also played in ten career playoff games, without recording a playoff point. Gryba is 27 years old.
Travis Ewanyk is a young 22-year old center, that spent the last two seasons with the Oilers’ AHL affiliate, the Oaklahoma City Barons. Ewanyk played 69 games last season with the Barons, snagging three goals, five assists, and a whopping 120 penalty minutes. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers
in the 3rd round, 74th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 20: Eric Gryba #62 of the Ottawa Senators checks Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers during their game at Madison Square Garden on January 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)