Season Preview: Ottawa Senators

Season Preview: Ottawa Senators

What an abysmal season for the Senators. They traded away Mike Hoffman and Erik Karlsson before the start of the season and then followed that up by trading away Mark Stone, Matt Duchene, and Ryan Dzingel at the deadline essentially depleting their team. The lone bright spots to their season was the inspired play of Thomas Chabot and Brady Tkachuk. 

Additions: Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown, Ron Hainsey, Tyler Ennis, Artem Anisimov, DJ Smith

Subtractions: Cody Ceci, Zack Smith, Ben Harpur

Forwards:

The Sens added some depth to their forward units but in the end they’re real additions will come from another year of development to their young prospects. Brady Tkachuk dominated net-front play but they’ll be hoping that Connor Brown and Drake Batherson can take their next step.

Defense:

Letting go the fans whipping boy, Cody Ceci, gives the Sens room to take a good long look at Erik Brannstrom. Outside of him and Thomas Chabot their d-core is made up mostly of the Maple Leafs cast offs which doesn’t leave room for much optimism. 

Goalies:

Craig Anderson and Anders Nilsson will man the net in Ottawa but they’ll have their work cut out for them. The Sens gave up the third-most scoring chances against last season so unless they can clean up their defensive zone, it’s going to be a shooting gallery.

The Point Prediction:

It’s going to be another tough season in Ottawa. Finishing last in the Atlantic and 30th overall will be an improvement on last seasons last place finish but it’s still going to be a painful 82 games.

 

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