Projecting Lines: Ottawa Senators
It is that time of year… just a few months out from the beginning of October which means the start of a new NHL season. This offseason was a busy one, so this series will tackle the projecting starting lineups for each NHL team.
The Sens need to load up their first line with the BIG 3 as in Hoffman, Turris, and Stone. These three are arguably the most underrated line in hockey. Hoffman has some compete issues and seems to bounce around the lineup quite a bit. Another question mark is Ottawa’s 4th line. As of right now they have a hand full of left handed shots with little to no grit. An interesting choice by the Sens executives, but Guy Boucher is a man who likes speed. Speed, speed, speed. Also – enter rookie Colin White who will bring some scoring flare to the team.
L, C, R
Mike Hoffman, Kyle Turris, Mark Stone
Alexandre Burrows, Derick Brassard, Colin White
Clarke MacArthur, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Bobby Ryan
Tom Pyatt, Zack Smith, Ryan Dzingel
*Nate Thompson, Logan Brown
The Sens suffered one of the toughest blows this off season with the loss of Marc Methot, who happened to fit ever so perfectly beside Mr. Karlsson. Nonetheless, the Sens went out and got the Swedish born, Stanley Cup Champion, veteran blue liner Johnny Oduya to fill Methot’s place. Again – the Sens have a plethora of unproven left handed defensemen to play alongside their captain. The Sens success will lie heavily on the season that Karlsson will have. Another huge addition to the team this year is rookie standout, Thomas Chabot. We have all seen and heard of this kid and it is now his time to step up and shine. I would love to see him play on the top line with Erik Karlsson.
Johnny Oduya, Erik Kalrsson
Thomas Chabot, Cody Ceci
Dion Phaneuf, Chris Wideman
*Mark Borowiecki, Fredik Clasesson
Not much new to say here. Let’s just hope Anderson plays like the hero he did last season – coming off of the most emotional few months of his career. Anderson is a warrior on and off the ice. The complimentary 1-2 punch with Condon in their back pocket adds stability to the team. Let’s just hope this is not another case of the hamburgaler….