Ottawa Senators Under the Most Pressure to Perform in 2014/15

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Mar 25, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; Ottawa Senators goalie

Robin Lehner

(40) makes a save against the Florida Panthers in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Honorable Mentions: 

Robin Lehner – The swedish goalie is still only 23, and has plenty of time to develop; but with Craig Anderson guarenteed 4 more years in the NHL, Robin Lehner will have to push him out of his job sometime between now and 2019. Will this be the year Robin Lehner becomes an NHL starter, he’d be doing it at a young age; but it is possible. [featured-category]

Marc Methot – Heading into a contract year and seeming to be quite a ways off on negotiations with the Senators at this point, Methot needs to have a big year for his own sake and to help his team. Methot and his negotiation group may be looking at players like Dan Girardi as a contract comparable, where the Senators see Mark Fayne or Johnny Boychuk to be of good comparison.

Mike HoffmanMark Stone, Alex Chiasson, Mika Zibanejad are all guaranteed spots on the team next year, but Mike Hoffman is a 24-year-old forward who has yet to show whether or not he’s an NHL player. He is flashy and has speed to back up his game, but he’s on a two-way deal. He does require waivers and Bryan Murray believes he’ll never clear them, but if Mike Hoffman doesn’t get off to the start he was hoping for he may just see his name on the waiver wire.