2011-2012 Preview: Ottawa Senators

Posted: September 20, 2011 by JoeyD in Ottawa Senators, Season Preview
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Last season: 32-40-10 74pts, 5th Northeast, Did Not Make Playoffs

Additions: Mika Zibenejad, Nikita Filatov, Alex Auld, Zenon Konopka, Erik Condra, Mark Parrish, Mike McKenna,

Losses: Cody Bass, Jason Bailey, Ryan Potulny, Andre Benoit, Curtis McElhinney, David Hale, Derek Smith, Marek Svatos, Michal Barinka, Mike Brodeur, Pascal Leclaire, Ryan Keller, Ryan Shannon, Lee Sweatt,

Offense: The Senators, once again, are hinging their offense on the shoulders of Spezza and Alfreddson. If healthy, Alfreddson should be a 60+ point guy but it’s very up in the air just how much steam he has left. A healthy Alfie would be of great benefit to Spezza as well who still had a pretty solid year outside of a shoulder injury last season. Outside of them, and perhaps Foglino and Michalek, its a rag tag bunch of guys who you may not expect to do a whole lot. Well we know what you will get out of Zenon Konopka, but thats not necessarily gonna get the Sens out of the cellar.

Defense: While I expect Sergei Gonchar to have a better year than last year and Erik Karlsson should take a nice step forward after an impressive season, as a unit the Sens defense is a rather mediocre bunch.  A healthy Filip Kuba could help the Sens power play as it was initially expected with the addition of Gonchar last season.

Goaltending: Early on don’t be surprised to see Craig Anderson and Alex Auld platoon until one of them were to step forward. I expect Anderson to be the eventual go to goalie and should shore up the net better than the prior year with Brian Elliot and the gang did. But they both will have their work cut out for them.

Standout Player: Jason Spezza

Since I dont know just what Alfreddson has left, I am left to think that the star of this class will be Spezza. While I dont feel there is much in the way of good fortune for the Senators this year, I see 70 points from Spezza and a solid year regardless of the up and down going on around him and his teammates for the coming season.

Prediction: 5th Northeast, 15th Eastern Conference

Just by far the weakest team in the East if not the whole league this year. Not often do you see a team who misses the playoffs by a lot and makes little in the way of moves going forward. With the three first round picks in the most recent entry draft, the future is beginning to stock up nicely. However, this season’s Senators looks like they wont tank as much as they just wont put a mediocre even team on the ice this year. In a few years with correct decisions, the Sens will be back. This year, though, its gonna be ugly.


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