Northeast breakdown: Ottawa Senators

Northeast breakdown: Ottawa Senators
September 6, 2012, 1:38 pm
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For the next two days will continue our team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference. Every weekday well profile a new team and break down the changes they made in the offseason.

This week: Northeast Division. Today: Ottawa Senators

20011-12 Record: 41-31-10, 92 points

Where they finished: 2nd in Northeast; 8th in East; 16th in NHL

Coach: Paul MacLean, 2nd season

Key arrivals: LW Guillame Latendresse, D Marc Methot, D Mike Lundin

Key departures: LW Nick Foligno, C Zenon Konopka, RW Brad Staubitz, LW Mathieu Darche, LW Rob Klinkhammer, D Chris Campoli, D Filip Kuba, D Matt Carkner,

Projected lineupForwards
Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Jakob Silfverberg
Guillaume Latendresse - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Colin Greening - Jim O'Brien - Mika Zibanejad
Erik Condra - Zack Smith - Chris Neil
Peter Regin
DefensemanMarc Methot - Erik Karlsson
Sergei Gonchar - Jared Cowen
Mike Lundin - Chris Phillips
Mark Borowiecki
GoaltendersCraig Anderson-Ben Bishop

Our Take: After finishing 24th in the NHL in goals allowed last season, the most for a playoff team, Senators GM Bryan Murray was willing to sacrifice some offense Nick Foligno for a little more backbone Marc Methot on his blue line, which already features one of the top offensive weapons in the NHL Erik Karlsson. Murray also added no-frills defenseman Mike Lundin to the Sens back end. The issue for the Sens this season will be creating offense. Ottawa is counting on rookie Jakob Silfverberg to have a big season after the 21-year-old right wing was named MVP of the Swedish Elite League last season with 24 goals in 49 games. Theyre also hoping Kyle Turris can realize the potential that led him to being taken third overall in 2007, after netting 66 goals in 53 games for Burnaby of the British Columbia Hockey League.

Offseason grade: C

Will they make the 2013 playoffs? No.

Projected finish: 12th in East

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