Senators' Rebuild Rides on Late Round Drafting Success

Senators' Rebuild Rides on Late Round Drafting Success

August 10th, 2020 Going through a rebuild is never an easy thing. Whether you view one through the eyes of a fan, a general manager, a coach, or even a player, a lot of dominoes have to fall your way to repair the damage. The Ottawa Senators were just one goal away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017....
Senators’ Connor Brown Had a Solid First Season in Ottawa

Senators’ Connor Brown Had a Solid First Season in Ottawa

August 7th, 2020 The Ottawa Senators' last few seasons have seen many new faces. Rugged veterans and established NHL players such as Mika Zibanejad, Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman, Dion Phaneuf, Mark Stone, Derick Brassard, Matt Duchene, Kyle Turris, Marc Methot, and Robin Lehner have departed and made way for...

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July 20th, 2020
Senators History

The Ottawa Senators have enjoyed some success at the NHL Awards, with some franchise icons taking home hardware. While the team has lacked pure talent over the last few seasons, the players have been able to show qualities that go beyond hockey. With the award season upon us, here are the Senators who have most recently won each NHL trophy. Norris Trophy Erik Karlsson When Erik Karlsson arrived in Ottawa in the 2009-10 season, he took the league by storm. He established himself as one of the NHL's top offensive defensemen, and by 2012, he had transformed into one of the best overall. Erik Karlsson #65, Ottawa Senators - February 3, 2018 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) When he won his first Norris Trophy in the 2011-12 season he became a household name, not only in Ottawa, but internationally. He recorded 78 points that season, which was a franchise high for defensemen until he broke his own record in 2016. He would win another while in Ottawa, with his second,...
July 19th, 2020
Senators Goaltending

When reviewing how well the Ottawa Senators' goalies played last season, it’s important to note that the 2019-20 team was in the middle of a rebuilding season. As a result, it wasn’t expected that they would have statistically great seasons — for the most part, they didn’t. Being a Goalie on a Rebuilding Team Being a goalie is tough when your team is losing more games than it’s winning and the goalie is the last line of defense when players make mistakes up ice. Related: Senators’ Duclair: Trade Bait or Extension Candidate? That's the nature of rebuilding teams — they make mistakes. In addition, when your team's talent can't match the talent most other teams can ice, you'll lose more than you'll win. That was exactly the case for the Senators' goalies this season. The Senators were out-talented most games. Reviewing the Senators' Goalies Although there are quality goalie prospects in the system, they’re still a few years away from making the...
July 18th, 2020
Senators History

The Ottawa Senators have made mistakes in the past and mismanaged their assets. One of their biggest errors was the trade involving Derick Brassard and Mika Zibanejad. Mika Zibanejad was a Senator from 2011 to 2016 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) On July 18, 2016, the Senators traded Zibanejad to the New York Rangers, as well as a 2018 second-round pick for Brassard and a 2018 seventh-round pick. While the second-round pick that Ottawa gave up would not be used by the Rangers, this trade was a win for New York from the start. Related: Ranking the Senators' 1990s First-Round Picks Hindsight is 20/20, but this trade dealt a major blow to the Senators and their progress in becoming competitive. It gave the Rangers a legitimate star forward, who before the 2019-20 NHL season was paused, was on pace for 90 points and 50 goals, despite missing a significant amount of time early in the season. Brassard, who is now a New York Islander, did not live up to the potential he...
July 16th, 2020
Ottawa Senators

Colin White's time with the Ottawa Senators has been interesting, to say the least. Let's take a look at the White years. The Beginning White was selected 21st overall in the 2015 NHL Draft. There was nothing strange about him being chosen in that range, but unfortunately, Ottawa 67's star Travis Konecny was still available, leaving many fans disappointed with the pick. White went on to two solid, at times fantastic, seasons at Boston College where he scored 35 goals and 76 points in 72 games. He added 10 goals and 15 points in 14 World Junior Championship games. White produced big numbers during his two seasons at Boston College. (Photo: Boston College Athletics) When he signed with the Senators at the end of the 2017 season, many wanted him to be included on the playoff roster. That wish was granted in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. In the big win, White played a grand total of 2 minutes and 39 seconds. All right, so head coach Guy Boucher didn't trust him...