There is no surprise that the Ottawa Senators are a complete mess, from their arena in the middle of nowhere to their owner Eugene Melnyk making odd comments and even odder financial decisions. That being said, this team for the future could be something special when you consider the draft picks made in the past two seasons as well as the trades made for young talent. Last season, the Senators finished dead last in the entire NHL with a record of 29-47-6 and 64 points and last in goals against (302). There is much room for improvement for the Sens next year, and that starts with injecting more young talent throughout the lineup.
Senators Prospect Pool
- Shane Pinto, Age 18, Drafted 32nd Overall in 2019
- Brady Tkackuk, Age 19, Drafted fourth Overall in 2018
- Alex Formenton, Age 19, Drafted 42nd Overall in 2017
- Josh Norris, Age 20, acquired by Sens in 2018
- Drake Batherson, Age 21, Drafted 121st Overall in 2017
- Vitaly Abramov, Age 21, acquired by Sens in 2019
- Logan Brown, Age 21, Drafted 11th Overall in 2016
- Rudolfs Balcers, Age 22, acquired by Sens in 2018
- Filip Chlapik, Age 22, Drafted 48th Overall in 2015
- Colin White, Age 22, Drafted 21st Overall in 2015
- Max Veronneau, Age 23, signed by Sens in 2019
- Lassi Thomson, Age 18, Drafted 19th Overall in 2019
- Erik Brannstrom, Age 19, acquired by Sens in 2019
- Maxime Lajoie, Age 21, Drafted 153rd Overall in 2016
- Christian Jaros, Age 23, Drafted 139th Overall in 2015
- Mads Sogaard, Age 18, Drafted 37th Overall in 2019
- Filip Gustavsson, Age 21, acquired by Sens in 2018
- Joey Daccord, Age 22, 199th Overall in 2015
The Senators right now and for the Future
Where things stand as of right now in 2019 for the Ottawa Senators is not ideal nor great enough but, the Sens younger core could be something very exciting for the future. Currently the Senators organization made some big changes in their coaching staff by hiring D.J. Smith (former Maple Leafs assistant coach) as their 13th head coach in team history. The product on the ice has changed a bit by trading away Ottawa native Cody Ceci to the Maple Leafs in exchange for Connor Brown and Nikita Zaitsev and then as well as signing Ron Hainsey and Tyler Ennis from Toronto. The Sens have also moved on from lifelong Senator Zack Smith, as they traded him to the Blackhawks in exchange for centreman Artem Anisimov.
From new faces to young faces in the organization right now, the Sens have a few key players they need to inject in the lineup next season to gain experience and give a little showcase to the fans making the long trip to the Candian Tire Centre. Alex Formenton, Josh Norris, Drake Batherson and Erik Brannstrom should be at least up their to the big squad to start the season or, finish out the 2019/20 season as apart of the Sens. These particular players will add lots of speed and skill to the lineup which the Senators desperately need in a rough time like this.
Next year the Sens as a franchise will take a step forward in sense by adding younger faster prospects, as well as veterans that will help the young guns find their way into the NHL. The vetran blue liners such as 38-year-old Ron Hainsey, 30-year-old Mark Borowiecki and I’ll even bet 22-year-old Thomas Chabot will help the young up and coming D-men become everyday NHL players. In the goalies crease its safe to say that Craig Anderson and Andres Nillson will be handling it next year barring any injuries. Anderson is the longest serving member on this Senators team and will need to be a big voice in the dressing room as well his play on the ice. He is a UFA next season so, Anderson could be taking part in his last ever NHL season so the whole Sens team will be looking to help him excel and go out with a bang.