Ottawa Senators 2014-15 Season Primer

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The Ottawa Senators are the next up in our Atlantic Division season primers.

Use the below Tabs to view Senators info for this upcoming season, as well as some numbers from last year.

2013-14 record: 37-31-14, 88 points
Where they finished: 5th in the Atlantic; tied for 11th in the East; tied for 19th.

Player Salaries: $54,345,000 (23)
Cap Payroll: $54,883,333
Bonuses: $1,628,333
Cap Space: $14,116,667
Forwards: $29,651,667 (13)
Defensemen: $19,819,167 (8)
Goalies: $5,412,500 (2)
Source: CapGeek.com

In: Aaron Johnson D, Alex Chiasson RW, Alexander Guptill LW, Carter Camper C, David Legwand C/LW, Nicholas Paul C/LW

Out: Ales Hemsky RW, Jason Spezza C, Ludwig Karlsson LW

2014-15 Team Outlook:

Last year the team was coming off a season in which they made the playoffs in a rather surprising way. Although there were plenty of injuries to key players like Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza, and the team was expected to finish dead last in the East, the Sens found a way to get into the postseason during the lockout season.

More of the same was expected from the Sens last season, especially since they basically kept the same core as the previous year, while finally adding a star winger to the mix to play alongside Spezza, in Bobby Ryan.

The Ryan trade didn’t exactly go to plan, as he found more success playing on a line with Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur rather than Spezza and Milan Michalek, and the team failed to make the postseason.

The offseason hasn’t gone much better for the Sens, as Spezza, the team captain, asked for a trade and was subsequently dealt to the Dallas Stars for one NHL forward, Alex Chiasson, two prospects, Alex Guptill and Nicholas Paul, as well as a second-round pick in 2015. The haul wasn’t a great one for the Sens, but Spezza also didn’t really put them in a position of strength to make a trade either. The second blow of the offseason came when Ales Hemsky, who had re-found his offensive touch beside Spezza after being dealt from the Oilers to the Sens late last year, followed Spezza and signed as a UFA with the Stars.

Aside from those two key losses, it hasn’t been all bad for the Sens, as they did make a signing to replace Spezza in the top-six forward group.

Bringing in David Legwand as a UFA on a cheap two-year, $6 million deal was a great move by the frugal Sens. Legwand can slide into the second- or third-line centre roll, with Kyle Turris on the first (alongside Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur) after impressing for most of last season. With a good camp young centre Mika Zibanejad could take over the second-line centre spot from Legwand, but for now it’s safe to assume it’s Legwands to lose. The only other spot left up for grabs in the top-six is that of the second-line right-wing alongside Legwand and Michalek, a spot that Alex Chiasson, Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone, Shane Prince, Matt Puempel and rookie Curtis Lazar will be fighting for. The bottom-six looks similar to last season, with Zibanejad (or Legwand) and Zach Smith manning the middle and the gritty Chris Neil, Colin Greening, Erik Condra and one of Chiasson or Hoffman on the wings. J.G. Pageau is another name that will be looking to stick with the team this season.

Defensively the Sens will be rolling out the exact same, less than impressive group as they did last season. This was the area the team was said to be looking to address, but here we are with the exact same group of six going into the 2014-15 season. On the first-pairing will be Marc Methot and Erik Karlsson, with Jared Cowen and Chris Phillips likely to make up the second-pairing and Eric Gryba and Cody Ceci on the third. Mark Borowiecki is another defenseman with NHL experience attempting to make the line-up.

Goaltenders Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner will also be back splitting time between the pipes, a major strong point for the Sens. Lehner, who was a RFA this offseason, recently re-signed with the team on a three-year, $6.67 million deal that shows the Sens rightfully still view him as their goalie of the future. The Senators also locked up the 33-year old Anderson to a three-year contract extension that won’t kick in until next year..

The Senators won’t be out to win the Stanley Cup this season, but if they have proved anything in the past, it’s not to underestimate them. They are nicknamed the “Pesky Sens” for a reason. The team is now drama free with Spezza gone, and it’s sounding like Ryan is in fact open to signing an extension with them. With the influx of young talent that the Sens have looking to make the team this season, mixed with the skill they possess in net and the talents of Ryan, Turris, and Karlsson, it wouldn’t be crazy to think they could sneak into the playoffs. It will, however, be a hard task for the team, especially since most teams in the East improved this offseason.

Written by Greg Stamper, who can be found on twitter @g_stamp91.

The depth chart listed below was taken from NHL.com’s 30-in-30. 

FORWARDS
Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Bobby Ryan
Milan Michalek - Mika Zibanejad - Alex Chiasson
Colin Greening - Zack Smith - Chris Neil
Mike Hoffman - David Legwand - Mark Stone
Erik Condra - Derek Grant

DEFENSEMEN
Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen - Cody Ceci
Chris Phillips - Patrick Wiercioch
Eric Gryba

GOALTENDERS
Craig Anderson
Robin Lehner

Forwards POS HT WT DOB BIRTH PLACE
Alex Chiasson R 6′ 4″ 205 1-Oct-90 MONTREAL, QC, CAN
Erik Condra R 6′ 0″ 190 6-Aug-86 TRENTON, MI, USA
Colin Greening L 6′ 3″ 210 9-Mar-86 ST. JOHN’S, NL, CAN
Mike Hoffman L 6′ 0″ 185 24-Nov-89 KITCHENER, ON, CAN
David Legwand C 6′ 2″ 205 17-Aug-80 DETROIT, MI, USA
Clarke Macarthur L 6′ 0″ 195 6-Apr-85 LLOYDMINSTER, AB, CAN
Milan Michalek L 6′ 2″ 216 7-Dec-84 JINDRICHUV HRADEC, CZE
Chris Neil R 6′ 1″ 215 18-Jun-79 FLESHERTON, ON, CAN
Jean-Gabriel Pageau C 5′ 9″ 175 11-Nov-92 OTTAWA, ON, CAN
Bobby Ryan R 6′ 2″ 207 17-Mar-87 CHERRY HILL, NJ, USA
Zack Smith C 6′ 2″ 210 5-Apr-88 MAPLE CREEK, SK, CAN
Mark Stone R 6′ 2″ 205 13-May-92 WINNIPEG, MB, CAN
Kyle Turris C 6′ 1″ 191 14-Aug-89 NEW WESTMINSTER, BC, CAN
Mika Zibanejad C 6′ 2″ 211 18-Apr-93 STOCKHOLM, SWE
Defencemen HT WT AGE DOB BIRTH PLACE
Mark Borowiecki 6′ 2″ 205 25 12-Jul-89 OTTAWA, ON, CAN
Cody Ceci 6′ 3″ 209 20 21-Dec-93 OTTAWA, ON, CAN
Jared Cowen 6′ 5″ 228 23 25-Jan-91 SASKATOON, SK, CAN
Eric Gryba 6′ 4″ 225 26 14-Apr-88 SASKATOON, SK, CAN
Erik Karlsson 6′ 0″ 180 24 31-May-90 LANDSBRO, SWE
Marc Methot 6′ 3″ 230 29 21-Jun-85 OTTAWA, ON, CAN
Chris Phillips 6′ 3″ 220 36 9-Mar-78 CALGARY, AB, CAN
Patrick Wiercioch 6′ 5″ 206 23 12-Sep-90 BURNABY, BC, CAN
Goalies HT WT AGE DOB BIRTH PLACE
Craig Anderson 6′ 2″ 184 33 21-May-81 PARK RIDGE, IL, USA
Robin Lehner 6′ 5″ 225 23 24-Jul-91 GOTHENBURG, SWE

A look at the Ottawa Senators top prospects heading into this season. Each source may use different classifications as to if a player is deemed a prospect or has graduated on from a prospect.

RK NHL.com ESPN
Corey Pronman
Dobber Prospects Hockeys Future The Hockey News
1 Curtis Lazar Curtis Lazar Cody Ceci Curtis Lazar Curtis Lazar
2 Mark Stone Mark Stone Curtis Lazar Cody Ceci Mark Stone
3 Matt Puempel Mikael Wikstrand Mark Stone Mark Stone Andreas Englund
4 Mikael Wikstrand Matt Puempel Alex Guptill Matt Puempel Mark Borowiecki
5 Alex Guptill Miles Gendron Jean-Gabriel Pageau Chris Driedger Matt Puempel
6 Shane Prince Andreas Englund Matt Puempel Jean-Gabriel Pageau Mikael Wikstrand
7 Fredrik Claesson Nick Paul Mikael Wikstrand Ryan Dzingel Jean-Gabriel Pageau
8 Buddy Robinson Fredrik Claesson Chris Driedger Andreas Englund Murcus Hogberg
9 Marcus Hogberg Quentin Shore Shane Prince Alex Guptill Mike Hoffman
10 Ryan Dzingel Shane Prince Mike Hoffman Shane Prince Alex Guptill

* Dobber Prospects – Prospects based on relevance in a fantasy-hockey keeper league, not actual talent on the ice.

Ottawa Senators Draft History from the past five years

2014 Draft
Rd. Draft # Player Pos. Team Ht. Wt.
2 40 Andreas Englund D Djurgearden (SWE) 6′ 3″ 190
3 70 Miles Gendron D Rivers Academy HS (MA) 6′ 1″ 181
4 100 Shane Eiserman C/LW Dubuque (USHL) 6′ 1″ 200
7 189 Kelly Summers D Carleton Place (CCHL) 6′ 1″ 191
7 190 Francis Perron LW Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) 5′ 11″ 166
2013 Draft
1 17 Curtis Lazar C Edmonton (WHL) 6′ 0″ 190
3 78 Marcus Hogberg G Linkoping Jr (SWE) 6′ 4″ 194
4 102 Tobias Lindberg RW Djurgarden Jr. (SWE-JR. ) 6′ 3″ 200
4 108 Ben Harpur D Guelph (OHL ) 6′ 5.5″ 210
5 138 Vincent Dunn C Val-D’Or (QMJHL ) 5′ 11″ 172
6 161 Chris Leblanc RW South Shore (EJHL) 6′ 3″ 195
6 168 Quentin Shore C U. of Denver (WCHA) 6′ 1″ 190
2012 Draft
1 15 Cody Ceci D Ottawa (OHL) 6′ 2″ 203
3 76 Chris Driedger G Calgary (WHL) 6′ 2″ 187
3 82 Jarrod Maidens C Owen Sound (OHL) 6′ 2″ 170
4 106 Timothy Boyle D Nobles HS (MA) 6′ 1″ 185
5 136 Robert Baillargeon C Indiana (USHL) 5’11″ 164
6 166 Francois Brassard G Quebec (QMJHL) 6′ 1″ 154
7 196 Mikael Wikstrand D Mora (Swe-2) 6′ 1″ 183
2011 Draft
1 6 Mika Zibanejad C Djurgårdens IF (SWE) 6′ 1″ 183
1 21 Stefan Noesen RW Plymouth (OHL) 6′ 0″ 195
1 24 Matt Puempel LW Peterborough (OHL) 6′ 0″ 190
2 61 Shane Prince C Ottawa (OHL) 5’10″ 180
4 96 Jean-Gabriel Pageau C Gatineau (QMJHL) 5′ 9″ 165
5 126 Fredrik Claesson D Djurgarden (Swe) 6′ 0″ 200
6 156 Darren Kramer C Spokan (WHL) 6′ 1″ 202
6 171 Max McCormick LW Sioux City (USHL) 5’11″ 175
7 186 Jordan Fransoo D Brandon (WHL) 6′ 2″ 178
7 204 Ryan Dzingle C Lincoln (USHL) 6′ 0″ 185
2010 Draft
3 76 Jakub Culek LW Rimouski 6′ 3″ 185
4 106 Markus Sorensen RW Sodertalje Jr. 5’11″ 156
6 178 Mark Stone RW Brandon 6′ 2″ 188
7 196 Bryce Aneloski D Cedar Rapids 6′ 2″ 197
Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
Erik Karlsson 82 20 54 74 -15 36 5 0 1 257 7.8
Jason Spezza 75 23 43 66 -26 46 9 0 5 223 10.3
Kyle Turris 82 26 32 58 22 39 6 2 5 215 12.1
Clarke Macarthur 79 24 31 55 12 78 8 1 5 159 15.1
Bobby Ryan 70 23 25 48 7 45 6 0 2 190 12.1
Milan Michalek 82 17 22 39 -25 41 4 0 1 169 10.1
Mika Zibanejad 69 16 17 33 -15 18 3 0 0 153 10.5
Marc Methot 75 6 17 23 0 28 0 0 1 117 5.1
Patrick Wiercioch 53 4 19 23 -1 20 3 0 0 97 4.1
Zack Smith 82 13 9 22 -9 111 0 1 4 154 8.4
Cory Conacher 60 4 16 20 8 34 0 0 1 73 5.5
Ales Hemsky 20 4 13 17 -2 4 0 0 0 44 9.1
Colin Greening 76 6 11 17 -15 41 2 0 1 108 5.6
Erik Condra 76 6 10 16 0 30 0 1 0 85 7.1
Chris Phillips 70 1 14 15 -12 30 1 0 0 90 1.1
Jared Cowen 68 6 9 15 0 45 0 0 2 68 8.8
Chris Neil 76 8 6 14 -10 211 0 0 0 99 8.1
Eric Gryba 57 2 9 11 9 64 0 0 0 57 3.5
Joe Corvo 25 3 7 10 -7 10 0 0 0 54 5.6
Cody Ceci 49 3 6 9 -5 14 0 0 2 82 3.7
Mark Stone 19 4 4 8 5 4 1 0 0 36 11.1
Mike Hoffman 25 3 3 6 -2 2 1 0 0 61 4.9
Stephane Da Costa 12 3 1 4 2 2 1 0 0 20 15
Matt Kassian 33 1 1 2 -1 63 0 0 0 12 8.3
Derek Grant 20 0 2 2 -3 4 0 0 0 31 0
Jean-Gabriel Pageau 28 2 0 2 -5 12 0 0 0 31 6.5
Mark Borowiecki 13 1 0 1 -2 48 0 0 0 6 16.7
Goalie GPI GS MIN GAA W L OT SO SA GA SV%
Craig Anderson 53 52 3000 3.00 25 16 8 4 1680 150 0.911
Robin Lehner 36 30 1942 3.06 12 15 6 1 1141 99 0.913
Andrew Hammond 1 0 35 0.00 0 0 0 0 11 0 1.000
Nathan Lawson 1 0 12 10.00 0 0 0 0 10 2 0.800

Performance and Usage Charts for the Ottawa Senators from last season, from Extra Skater.

Ottawa Senators 2013-2014 cumulative 5v5 close FF

Ottawa Senators 2013-2014 game-by-game 5v5 close FF

Ottawa Senators 2013-2014 rolling 10-game 5v5 close FF

Ottawa Senators 2013-2014 rolling 10-game 5v5 PDO

Ottawa Senators 2013-2014 player usage

Senators media section was created by Mike Power

With training camp just around the corner, it’s time to get back into our routine of incessantly checking our favourite Senators blogs. Compiled here for your convenience is a list of some of the best Sens blogs, reporters and twitter accounts to follow. I’ve also created a twitter list here to which you can subscribe with one easy click. I’ll keep updating the list throughout the season, and if I’ve missed someone who should be included please let me know.

National Media:

Bleacher Report
SB Nation
SB Nation Senators Blog

Local:

Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Sun
TSN 1200 and on twitter

Writers & Local Media on Twitter:

James Gordon
Don Brennan
Wayne Scanlan
Ken Warren
Bruce Garrioch
Ian Mendes
Shawn Simpson
Steve Lloyd
John Rodenburg
Steve Warne
Jason York
AJ Jakubec
Lee Versage
Matt Kaunisviita
James Abson
Brent Wallace
Murray Pam
Nicolas St-Pierre
Dan Seguin
Terry Marcotte
Marc Brassard
Chris Stevenson
Sylvain St-Laurent
Dean Brown
Matt Weinstein (Binghamton Senators beat)

Blogs:

SensChirp and on twitter
Welcome To Your Karlsson Years and on twitter
Bonk’s Mullett and on twitter
Sens Town and on twitter
Sens Nation and on twitter
6th Sens  and on twitter
Red Scarf Union  and on twitter

Best of Sens Twitter:

Travis Yost: @TravisHeHateMe
Bonk’s Mullet: @BonksMullet
Adnan: @sens_adnan
Don in Farrhaven: @Don_inFarrhaven
Tyler Ray: @defenseminister
Steph: @PuckPossessed
Luke Peristy: @LukePeristy
Erin Nicks: @erinnicks
Brochenski: @brochenski
Kevin Lee: @BringBackLee
Chet Sellers: @chet_sellers
Peter Raaymakers: @rymkrs
Graeme Nichols: @GraemeNichols
Fffeisty: @fffeisty
Wham_City: @wham_city
Capital Gains: @Capital_Gains65

Team Sites:

Ottawa Senators and on twitter
Ottawa Senators Foundation and on twitter
Spartacat
Sens House and on twitter
Eugene Melnyk
Binghamton Senators and on twitter

Players’ Twitter:

Kyle Turris
Bobby Ryan
Erik Karlsson
Mika Zibanejad
Patrick Wiercioch
Chris Phillips
Cody Ceci
Eric Gryba
Zack Smith
Marc Methot
Robin Lehner
Craig Anderson
Erik Condra

Prospects’ Twitter

Mark Stone
Jean-Gabriel Pageau
Curtis Lazar
Shane Prince
Mike Hoffman
Derek Grant
Vincent Dunn
Matt Puempel
Francis Perron
Tobias Lindberg
Shane Eiserman
Marcus Hogberg
Mikael Wikstrand
Fredrik Claesson
Kelly Summers
Ryan Dzingel
Ben Harpur
Darren Kramer
Chris Driedger
Quentin Shore
Buddy Robinson
Nick Paul
Garrett Thompson
Miles Gendron
Tim Boyle
Alex Guptill
Wacey Hamilton
Andrew Hammond
Chris Wideman
Corey Cowick

9 Comments

  1. Denis

    September 3, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Are You forgetting Ottawa in your YOP POLL “Who will win the Atlantic Division?”

  2. Mark Easson

    September 3, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Yep, it didn’t register when I submitted. By the time I realized, there were a bunch of votes already. Didn’t want to mess the voting system. They likely wouldn’t be getting many votes anyways. Metro Division voting will probably be going up tomorrow.

    • andrew

      September 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      It’s not that it didn’t register when you submitted – that’s not how computers work.

      It’s that you didn’t include them out of ignorance. Let’s not be dishonest to our readers now.

      • Mark Easson

        September 4, 2014 at 4:24 pm

        @Andrew … nothing to do with ignorance or being dishonest.

        Created the question and answers … hit submit/save … realized while on that page that I missed Senators … Added them to poll and thought I had clicked on the submit/save button again. It was showing in front of me so I figured it was added … I was wrong.

        • andrew

          September 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm

          ignorance- lack of knowledge or information.

          “realized while on that page that I missed Senators”
          First case of ignorance, you forgot a team; you were ignorant to the fact that there was an eighth team in the division; regardless of how long it took for you to realize the mistake.

          “It was showing in front of me so I figured it was added … I was wrong.”
          Second case of ignorance, and first case of dishonesty. You ‘figured’ it was added? Assuming is an act of ignorance; and, like I said, computers don’t save and unsave, if it was truly ‘showing in front of you’, it would be in the poll, therefore BAM!!! Dishonesty.

          “nothing to do with ignorance or being dishonest.”
          Well you’re either terribly ignorant, or horribly dishonest.

          • Matt

            September 4, 2014 at 7:46 pm

            Andrew your just being a real jerk here, he made a mistake admitted to it, tryed fixing and it didn’t work, move on.
            Ottawa wouldn’t be winning the poll realistically and it really doesn’t matter.

            • Douglas

              September 4, 2014 at 9:37 pm

              Im gonna have to agree with andrew here.

              If you want a website and articles taken seriously, you have to be reputable. Leaving out a team from a survey, although minor, is not reputable.

              Someone in any kind of media should be well-informed, not the opposite (ignorant). Based on the article here, this writer doesn’t seem to know a whole lot about the organization he’s writing about.

              • andrew

                September 6, 2014 at 9:39 am

                I win.

  3. Cup 2014-15

    September 3, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Wow, need to watch the Sens more. Phillips and Cowen together, 2 lefties and Ceci with Gryba, 2 Right shots. Also forgot PW46, Well again no respect. It will be Ceci with Cowen or Phillips and the one left over will battle with PW to play along side Gryba as the 5,6.

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