Ottawa Senators Fighting For A Spot In Training Camp

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Feb 27, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center

Mike Hoffman

(68) shot Detroit Red Wings goalie

Jonas Gustavsson

(50) hits the post during the third period at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Red Wings defeated the Senators 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

3. Mike Hoffman

Bryan Murray has said it “He is never going to clear through waivers”, so he’ll see a spot on the NHL club.

Right now Mike Hoffman is slotted into a 3rd/4th line energy role by most, with David Legwand, Mark Stone, Mika Zibanejad, And/or Alex Chiasson as his likely suitors on a 3rd or 4th line.

Hoffman is a flashy player, he has hands and speed. The latter is the most evident in his game and yet he has not found how to score at a consistent pace in the NHL.

He’s not a checker, so he’ll need to find a way to score in the role he’ll be provided. Hoffman tallied 3 goals and 3 assists in 25 NHL games last year, and will be looked at to provide some consistent scoring; especially if he’s given PP time again.

Competing Role: 3rd Line Left Wing.