Ottawa Senators Season Review

2018-19 Record (29-47-6) 64 Pts

Season Recap

This season for the Ottawa Senators was a write off since the day they drafted Brady Tkachuk 4th overall in the draft. Although the Sens finished last in the league standings, the team had a few pleasant surprises. Amongst the terrible stories and incidents that the Ottawa fan base had to endure, for example, the Uber incident, the rebuild is looking great. The Senators have a bright future.

Thomas Chabot proved to be an elite defenseman in the NHL, and Tkachuk had a solid rookie season. Anthony Duclair also played amazing since being acquired. The Sens entered the year without a first-round draft pick in what was going to be a miserable year, and somehow, despite all the criticism, general manager Pierre Dorion turned fear into optimism. He traded star forwards Mark Stone, Matt Duchene, and top six winger Ryan Dzingel for mostly prospects and draft picks.

Season MVP –  Thomas Chabot

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In his rookie season, Chabot scored nine goals, 16 assists for 25 points in 63 games in the 2017-18 season. He drastically improved on those totals in his second full year in the NHL scoring 14 goals and 41 assists for 55 points in 70 games. Chabot was widely regarded for Norris Trophy contention this season and he has improved every year.

Most Improved Player – Thomas Chabot

Like I mentioned above, Chabot got better this year in his point totals and has seriously taken the Ottawa Senators on his back. He is easily their most improved player this season. A runner up would be Anthony Duclair. Although he joined the team late in the season after being acquired at the trade deadline, he has put up an amazing campaign compared to seasons prior. So for me, he deserves recognition alongside Chabot.

Disappointment – Cody Ceci

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As much as I would like to name Bobby Ryan as a disappointment, he honestly played pretty well for the Sens this year. 15 goals and 27 assists for 42 points in 78 games was his best year since 2015-16 so I decided to name Cody Ceci. Ceci has been misused by the Ottawa Senators since being drafted 15th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He has been a massive disappointment in the NHL. He put up seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points in 74 games this year and although those tie his career high, Ceci has consistently been Ottawa’s worst player for many years. Management finally soured over him and traded him this offseason to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Highlight of the Year

Current Depth Chart (July 14)

Screenshot of Senators depth chart via CBS Sports (cbssports.com)

Top Three Prospects

  1. Erik Brannstrom – The Swedish defenseman was acquired in the Mark Stone trade. Brannstrom is regarded as a top prospect and will be an elite defenseman in the NHL.
  2. Drake Batherson – Batherson had a godly season in the AHL this year and had a decent impact in the NHL scoring three goals, six assists for nine points in 20 games. The 4th round selection in the 2017 draft is still technically a rookie and should jump into the NHL next year.
  3. Mads Sogaard – The second round pick in this year’s draft, Sogaard was regarded as one of the top goalie prospects in the draft class and Ottawa added the 6’7 goalie to the long list of goalie prospects. Sogaard could be a premier goaltender in the National Hockey League and will impact the Sens roster in a few years.

Players Primed For a Breakout Season

Brady Tkachuk – Even though the young agitating forward was one of Ottawa’s best players, we have just seen the tip of the iceberg. Tkachuk will be a superstar in the NHL and I can’t wait to see it.

Thomas Chabot – Chabot already has an elite season under his belt, and he’s only going to get better from here. Enough said.

Colin White White played outstanding this year scoring 14 goals, 27 assists for 41 points and for a long time this past season was second in rookie scoring. I’m surprised neither he or Tkachuk weren’t talked about for the Calder trophy. He’s only going to get better from here.

Key Additions/Departures

Cody Ceci – Ceci was involved in the trade that brought Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Brown to the Ottawa Senators. As I mentioned above, Ceci has been terrible for Ottawa.

Nikita Zaitsev – Nikita Zaitsev was one of the pieces that came back in the Cody Ceci trade. New Sens coach DJ Smith expressed his confidence in the Russian defenseman. Zaitsev comes to Ottawa wanting to reset, and do whatever he can to help the team.

Connor Brown – Another piece involved in the Toronto trade, Brown should secure a top-six spot in the lineup and hopefully find his scoring touch.

Ron Hainsey – The last player I will mention, Hainsey brings leadership. He will mentor young players for the Ottawa Senators and help make up for the leadership the Sens lost with trading away Erik Karlsson, Stone, and Duchene.

Trade Bait

Bobby Ryan – Ryan’s contract is atrocious, however, he had a solid season so his stock has raised.

Mikkel Boedker – Boedker is an ideal middle six forward who can go up and down the lineup on a contending team

Offseason Needs

The Ottawa Senators need to stay true to the rebuild. They should try to get a few more veterans who can help mold the young guns. Other than that the Sens have what they need for a successful rebuild, but more draft picks could help.

Trending Up/Down

As a standing point of view, the Senators will remain bottom feeders this year, however, they could surprise a lot of people. It’s happened before.

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