PWHL Ottawa: 2024 Draft Preview

PWHL Ottawa captain Brianne Jenner celebrating a goal with her teams bench
Andrea Cardin / Freestyle Photography

The excitement is building for Ottawa fans as the 2024 PWHL draft approaches. This year’s draft will take place on June 10th in Minnesota and is expected to feature a deep pool of incredible women’s hockey players ready to make an impact. Ottawa, who missed the playoffs by three points this season and finished 5th overall, will have the 2nd overall pick in the seven-round draft. The draft order will repeat in every round, so Ottawa will also pick 8th, 14th, 20th, 26th, 32nd, and 38th as long as no trades occur.


Danielle Serdachny skating in a Colgate University uniform
Danielle Serdachny (Nicholas Rappuhn)

With Princeton University Centre Sarah Fillier projected to go 1st overall in this year’s draft, Ottawa will have the chance to draft arguably the second best center available in Danielle Serdachny. The golden goal sorcerer at this year’s IIHF World Championships, Serdachny has had an impressive NCAA career, racking up 61 points this past season. Having a star center can help a team win a championship, and Serdachny would boost Ottawa’s offensive talent. 


Hannah Bilka skating at a Boston College game
Hannah Bilka (Boston College)

If Ottawa decides to take a winger with their first selection, they will likely look no further than Hannah Bilka. The left winger out of Ohio State University has had a great season with 48 points in 39 games. Her skill and speed make her a constant threat in the offensive zone and a player who can change the momentum of a game. Bilka’s performance at both the collegiate and international levels has demonstrated her ability to perform under pressure, making her an invaluable addition to Ottawa’s roster. Her dominance and ability to impose her will on games could significantly enhance Ottawa’s attacking options.


Boston College captain Cayla Barnes skating at a game
Cayla Barnes (Boston College)

Ottawa picked a defender with their first-round pick last draft in Savannah Harmon. If they decide to go in the same direction this year, Ottawa might consider strengthening their blue line with Cayla Barnes from Ohio State University. Barnes is a highly-skilled, two-way defender who brings a combination of defensive reliability and offensive capability. She tallied 36 points this past season with 11 goals, demonstrating her ability to contribute significantly on both ends of the ice. Barnes also led the NCAA in goal differential with a plus-71 this past season. Barnes is known for her exceptional vision, and passing, making her an asset in all situations, whether it’s leading the rush or being the quarterback of her team’s powerplay. Her experience and skill would be a tremendous boost to Ottawa’s defensive core.

Family Connections

Dara Greig skating
Dara Greig (University of Wisconsin)
Mae Batherson skating
Mae Batherson (St. Lawrence University)

Adding to the excitement of this year’s draft, Dara Greig and Mae Batherson, both sisters of Ottawa Senators forwards, are available. Although not projected to be drafted until after the first round, they are two names Ottawa fans should keep their eyes on. Dara Greig, sister of Ridly Greig, has impressed scouts as a well-rounded forward. Mae Batherson, sister of Drake Batherson, brings a strong defensive game and leadership qualities. Both players have the potential to make significant impacts and bring some NHL-PWHL family legacies to the league. 

Final Thoughts

This year’s draft is rich with elite talent, and whoever Ottawa selects with the #2 picks is poised to make an immediate impact in the league. General Manager Mike Hirshfeld has the opportunity to bolster the team’s roster and set Ottawa up for a successful second season. With strategic selections, Ottawa can build a foundation for long-term success and become a Walter Cup contender in the PWHL.

Elisha Côté

Elisha Côté is a Media Production and Design student at Carleton University and a passionate sports fan. She mainly covers PWHL Ottawa.

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