A former first-round pick is on the move.
The Ottawa Senators added a once highly-touted forward on Monday, acquiring Zach Senyshyn and a conditional fifth-round draft pick from the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenseman Josh Brown and a conditional seventh-round draft pick.
Senyshyn, who was chosen with the 15th overall pick in the 2015 draft, has struggled mightily to carve out an NHL role to this point in his career, drawing into just 14 games with the Bruins spread over three seasons, most recently in 2019-20.
Senyshyn has spent this entire season to this point with the AHL's Providence Bruins.
The 24-year-old has been performing quite well in the AHL this season, however, racking up 19 goals and 31 points in 51 games. Now set to join a fledgling Senators lineup, Senyshyn will likely get an extended look at the NHL level down the season's final stretch, perhaps showcasing any potential value he may have at hockey's highest level.
The Bruins, on the other hand, acquire extra depth in Josh Brown, a defensive-focused right-shot defender who has seen his workload decrease this season on a thin Senators blueline.
An unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, Brown requires no commitment from the Bruins and, if needed, could slot in on the team's bottom defense pair in the event of any injuries or suspensions during the playoffs.
It's a disappointing end to Senyshyn's tenure with the organization that picked him so high all those years. But, perhaps a fresh start could be precisely what the doctor ordered to help him reclaim his career.