What Are Your Ottawa Senators Expectations For 2013-14?

As we enter August, it is now past the mid-way point of the all-too-long summer.  It is just a month until rookie camp, and two months until the season starts.

With that, it will soon be time for SenShot to look around the league and start publishing our team-by-team previews as well as making predictions. We will be starting those mid-august so they will be concluded just before training camp starts.

May 19, 2013; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Members of the Ottawa Senators celebrate the wining goal scored by left wing Colin Greening (14) against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second overtime in game three of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Scotiabank Place. The Senators defeated the Penguins 2-1 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

 

But today, I turn it to you – What are your expectations for the coming season?  Regular season success, playoff run, individual performances, career highs, career lows, great comebacks and even declines. Will the Senators have an award winner in their midst?  Will any rookies step up and make an impact like last season?

What are you looking forward to seeing?  Apart from the obvious Daniel Alfredsson situation, what other teams are you looking forward to the Senators going into battle against?

 

Pleas comment below, and I will give a pair of Sens tickets to a random commenter.

Topics: Ottawa Senators, Season Expectations

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  • Val

    I am looking forward to see Bobby Ryan, he will be a great addition to the team! Hopefully JG Pageau will be back and on a regular basis to show us more of what he can do.

    With Alfie gone, I am looking forward to see who wi be the new captain. Who knows maybe the Sens will make it further than the Red Wings in the playoff. I wonder how Alfie would feel if the Sens win the cup this year…without him!!! Go Sens Go!!!!

  • GoSens

    My Ottawa Senators expectations are high, not only because the Sens are now expected to do well; like win the presidents cup (wouldn’t that be nice). But because I’m excited to see the emergence of some players to have breakthrough seasons. Some players I could see doing that are; Turris, Cowen, Zibanejad and Lehner. Wether or not Pageau lives up to expectations other rookies could exceed them i.e Stone, Hoffman, perhaps Ceci or Puempel? Wouldn’t that be exciting! With rookies stepping up and the dangerous offensive additions of Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur, the Sens look great!

    Also, I didn’t forget the stellar goaltending by Anderson and Lehner; and the phenomenal coaching of Maclean. This club is set to climb the power rankings ladder and stay there. There is no worry for low goal totals next season, when any club loses their top four players goals will diminish. The defense looks solid to me and the powerplay goals will increase. With a healthy team and Maclean’s possession type style of game; I have the Sens in the top 3 for their division. I feel so good about this I’d say second in the division. Sorry my answer took so long but it’s just the beginning of August and October seems super far away so I had a lot to discuss. Can’t wait! Go Sens!

  • Jeff Goyette

    The bar has been set artificially high the past 2 years with some playoff success. Especially last years’ modified season and 2nd round playoff appearance. In no way did I expect to beat Pitt. They are a more star laden and deep team and manhandled the Sens in 5. The series should have been a sweep. Nonetheless, expectations will rise with a healthy core, solid net minding and Ryan scoring 40! So I expect a top 6 division showing and with some good luck a trade or two to compete for a long run. Go Sens!

  • Sensable guy

    Expectations? Injuries, but fewer then last year. Top 3 in the division, battling Boston and Detroit, but ahead of Toronto and Montreal.

    I’d love to see Spezza play healthy for an entire year, and with good wingers. There’s no reason Ryan can’t return to 30+ goals for this year, and Spezza will pot his usual 30+ (when not injured). A solid 2nd line with MacArthur replacing Alfredsson on that line. A bottom 6 that will be one of the better ones in the league. 5 forwards will score 20 or more goals with 2 more in the mid to high teens.

    Solid defense from Methot, Cowen, and Phillips, and with the emergence of Wiercioch as Karlssons possible PP partner, with Gonchar gone, Ottawa should have an above avg defense on 5v5 and PP. I predict at least 50 goals from the defense this year. PK will not be as good as last year, but it wont be as bad as some are predicting with the loss of Alfredsson and Gonchar, and the goalies returning closer to league avg in SV% during PK. Ottawa is a PK by committee, with regular line changes when available.

    Goaltending will be solid again. Anderson will be good, to start the season, and I believe he is extending his hot starts further into the seasons. Add to that little drop off to Lehner as backup. Anderson will get his breaks, but hopefully not to many. Anderson stays hot when he plays a lot.

    MacLean and his staff will be top notch once again.

    Injury rookie callups for this year, Hoffman, Pageau, Stone, Dziurzynski (depending on which forward gets injured) & Borowiecki for defense. Hard to say for sure though, Seems they call up whomever is playing best “at that time” and just work them in.