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Overused Oduya Hurting the Senators

Overused Oduya Hurting the Senators

December 12th, 2017 When the Ottawa Senators signed Johnny Oduya this summer, it seemed like a natural fit.The team had just lost Marc Methot to the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft and were looking for a veteran to replace him. And, with a blue line chock-full of young players, he seemed like the...
Senators Defence Needs Young Legs

Senators Defence Needs Young Legs

December 10th, 2017 When the Ottawa Senators lost top-pair defenceman Marc Methot over the summer, they knew they’d have to rely on younger players to replace him. So far, rookie defencemen like Thomas Chabot and Ben Harpur have been given a chance to contribute, and both players have shown some promise.Chabot,...

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November 24th, 2017
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Twenty games into the season, the Ottawa Senators are starting to tap into their prospect pool. With Chris Wideman out of the lineup for months with a torn hamstring and Mark Borowiecki sidelined with a concussion, the Sens have called up their top defensive prospect Thomas Chabot to fill out the roster. Chabot is an exciting player, as he proved during last year’s World Junior Hockey Championship and throughout the QMJHL playoffs last spring. Chabot has also been playing well in the AHL, as Belleville Senators writer Joel Vanderlaan noted on Twitter.https://twitter.com/Joelvanderlaan/status/932752477736366080However, fans who think that Chabot’s call-up means that he is here to stay are going to be disappointed by Senators coach Guy Boucher’s recent comments.“We’re happy to see Chabot here,” Boucher told the media in Washington on Tuesday, “but don’t make anything bigger than it is. He’s here because Boro (Mark Borowiecki) got hurt or else he wouldn’t...
November 18th, 2017
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Depth at every position is essential to success in the NHL, and the Ottawa Senators know this as well as anybody. The way key injuries piled up in the playoffs last season proves that the Sens will need their whole roster to contribute if they plan on making another playoff run. However, it's already clear that the team’s forward depth could be improved.While the Senators boast an impressive top-six, the third and fourth lines look pretty thin after only a couple injuries. Early season injuries to Zack Smith and Bobby Ryan are forcing the team to get creative with the bottom-six.After keeping rookies Logan Brown and Alex Formenton with the team for the first couple weeks of the season, the Sens called up Chris DiDomenico and Jack Rodewald from Belleville. While DiDomenico has been surprisingly effective, tallying six points in his first nine games this season, the team can’t reasonably expect this rate of production to continue. The Missing Piece Looking at Ottawa’s...
November 15th, 2017
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It’s been nearly two weeks since the Ottawa Senators, Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators hooked up on the trade market for a three-way deal that included the likes of Matt Duchene and Kyle Turris.By all accounts, the Senators got a player they’d been after for quite some time in Duchene, the Preds received a high-end center and the Avs cashed in with a handful of prospects and picks. Maybe the waiting game did work for Joe Sakic after all.While it’s far too early to analyze this trade in any depth to decide an ultimate winner, it isn’t too early to discuss the players involved. With that said, the question that has plagued me since the trade is whether or not the Senators actually got their guy. Carry On Kyle Part of acquiring Duchene meant moving on from Turris - a 28-year-old center who’d spent the majority of the last seven seasons with the Senators. Over that time, he collected 274 points in 407 regular season games.He added a physical aspect to...
November 14th, 2017
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The days leading up to the NHL Global Series were anything but normal for the Ottawa Senators. Aside from the usual distractions that come with playing a regular season game in an irregular setting, the team also had to weather the media storm that followed Matt Duchene as he prepared to make his Sens debut against his former team.But once Friday came, the team was finally able to focus on hockey again. Here’s what stood out during the two games in Stockholm, and what it could mean for the Senators going forward. A Happy Homecoming If you were to hear that only one of Ottawa’s Swedish defenceman failed to score in the Global Series, odds are you wouldn’t guess that player would be Erik Karlsson. The Landsbro, Sweden native failed to score in front of his home country’s fans, but he did register four assists in the two games and has averaged over 1.5 points per game so far this season.The two Stockholm natives, Fredrik Claesson and Johnny Oduya, managed to steal a...