Around the NHL in 30 Days - Ottawa Senators

FanSided’s Around the NHL in 30 Days stops in Canada’s capital today to check in on the Ottawa Senators. The awesome writers at SenShot are excited about the upcoming year and at the same time are being realistic with their expectations. There is no doubt that the Sens are entering another rebuilding phase, having shipped out fan favorites Mike Fisher and Chris Kelly, and then bringing in new bench boss Paul MacLean.

The future is not completely bleak for the Senators, as Jason Spezza will be looking to rebound and have another strong season. The club’s 3 first round picks, and 10 draft choices overall, will have time to mature this year. The playoffs may be a long shot this year for the Sens, but the writers of SenShot aren’t giving up hope:

And maybe the biggest factor to the Sens success will be how Craig Anderson performs between the pipes. Coming to Ottawa at the tail end on the last year, Anderson put up impressive numbers which earned him a new four year contract with Ottawa. He won’t be expected to keep up his super human play, but Ottawa is hoping for stability in goal from him.

Let’s see how the Sharks did in their lone meeting with Ottawa last year:

The Sharks handled the Senators with ease as they won by a 4-0 scoreline. Logan Couture had 2 goals as the Sharks took care of business in the Sens’ house.

The Sens are rebuilding through the draft, and the great thing about that is if they play their cards right, they may be able to build a serious contender in the next few years. San Jose certainly took their lumps for many years before they were able to draft some key pieces to the puzzle. Look for Ottawa play hard this year, but still be on the putting green come April.

Up next in FanSided’s Around the NHL in 30 Days are the Philly Flyers.

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