Ottawa Senators: Strength Weaknesses and Playoff Chances posted by Senators Fan
Last season the Ottawa Senators finished 21st overall in the league and failed to make it to the playoffs. John Spezza was traded to Dallas Stars, only a few months after the Sens had made him the captain of the team. Bryan Murray was reluctant to let the No. 1 center go but, eventually he had to release him.
He left the team with 687 points that he accumulated during his time in Ottawa in a total of 686 regular season games. He was the most reliable center for the team and the team will struggle to get a suitable replacement to fill the gap left by him.
There are a few options that the Sens have when it comes replacing Spezza. One of them is Alex Chiasson. Chiasson who was acquired from Dallas, had 35 points from 79 games in the 2013-2014 season. The 24 year old player could prove to be a great addition to the team in the near future.
Another option they have for the center is Kyle Turris. Turris who had 58 points from 82 games seems like a better option than Chiasson. However, some analysts and fans are skeptical if he is the caliber of player that can get into Spezza’s shoes.
The teams defence relies on the skill and talent of 24 years old Erik Karlsson. He finished the season with 74 points in 84 games. As long as the team has him, he can hold together the defence. Unfortunately, the Sens do not have anyone else beyond him.
The team has good chances of making it to the playoffs, as they go through the Eastern Conference. The center may struggle especially after the departure of Spezza. However, there is still hope for the team as young talented players take over.Continue reading "Ottawa Senators: Strength Weaknesses ..."