Ottawa Senators Round Table: Keys To Success In 2015-2016

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Oct 13, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; e Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes a save in the third period as center Mika Zibanejad (93) defenseman Chris Phillips (4) and defenseman Cody Ceci (5) defend against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. The Senators won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Valois, Staff Writer

The Senators will need to have many things work perfectly to have a good season. Chris Phillips will have to elevate his level of play. The alternative to Phillips performing well would be for the Senators to promote or acquire another defenceman.

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Andrew Hammond and Craig Anderson must both play very well for the Senators to have playoff hopes. The two goalies played impeccably last season that lead to Robin Lehner being traded. Both goalies must return to form for the Senators to have any chance at success.

The Ottawa Senators did not do much upgrading in the off-season. Will they be a playoff contender or beginning a rebuild? Erik Karlsson will deliver, Kyle Turris and Mika Zibanejad are both great centres but do they have enough talent?  With other solid teams in the division, and other teams getting better – is there enough power in Ottawa?

Editor note – Ottawa may not need a rebuild, with enough you parts they may only be one or two pieces away from contending at the top of the division.  Fully overhauling the roster might not be in their best interest, but rather take the page out of other clubs who improve on the fly and add to powerful rosters.

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