Monday, October 10, 2016
Ottawa Senators 2016-17 season preview
The Ottawa Senators were involved in the NHL's 3rd biggest trade in the off-season when they sent C Mika Zibanejad to the Rangers in exchange for C Derick Brassard. Brassard is a better player right now but Zibanejad should have a better future than Brassard being the younger player. Besides that, not much happened. The only notable player they lost was defenseman Patrick Wiercoich who signed a 2 year deal with Colorado. They also added C Chris Kelly, who signed a one year deal.
Defenseman Erik Karlsson is definitely the most offensive defenseman in the league and arguably the best all-around defenseman in the league. C Kyle Turris, RW Bobby Ryan, LW Mike Hoffman and RW Mark Stone lead a potent offense which should not have trouble scoring this year. Behind Karlsson, Dion Phaneuf, Mark Methot and Cody Ceci are all solid defensemen. Goaltenders Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond are aging which means that Ottawa needs to win now.
In the first round of the 2016 NHL draft, before the New Jersey Devils were about to select someone with the 11th overall pick, Ottawa then traded the 12th overall pick (which was theirs) and a third round pick for the 11th pick. Ottawa then drafted C Logan Brown with the 11th pick. Brown's a big center (6.6) and can go along with some of Ottawa's wingers.
The Senators' projected lines look like this:
Mike Hoffman- Kyle Turris- Bobby Ryan
Ryan Dzingel- Derick Brassard- Mark Stone
Jean-Gabriel Pageau- Zack Smith- Curtis Lazar
Matt Puempel- Chris Kelly- Chris Neil
On defense is:
Dion Phaneuf- Erik Karlsson
Marc Methot- Cody Ceci
Thomas Chabot- Chris Wideman
In net is Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond. C Tom Pyatt, C Phil Varone and D Mark Borowiecki are scratched and LW Clarke MacArthur is injured.
Finally for my prediction, the Ottawa Senators, a win now team but a team on the rise will not make the playoffs in 2016-17.