Five Reasons To Be Optimistic About The Ottawa Senators This Season

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Mar 25, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (61) skates in the third period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

5.  Youth Movement

There are only 2 players left on the club from the Stanley Cup Finals appearance – Chris Phillips and Chris Neil, and there are only 4 players over 30 on the roster.  From Karlsson to Kyle Turris to Bobby Ryan, the next era is entering their prime, with another wave of youth (Curtis Lazar, Mark Stone, Cowen, Cody Ceci) not far behind.

Whether it be this year or next, there will be some serious competition for roster spots and playing time, and that can only help the Senators in the long run.