Part (2/3): This week, I will be looking at different types of UFA targets for the Ottawa Senators during the 2020 offseason. Much of the focus for the team has rightfully been on the upcoming draft and crop of players likely to be promoted from Belleville. However, there are still many holes on the roster that need to be plugged. In this series, I will be looking at players in three different groups based on the possibility of bringing back former players, experience and those that are possibly undervalued.
This week, we’ve already taken a look at some of the experienced options for the Ottawa Senators in the upcoming UFA class of 2020. We’ve established that the current NHL group is moving forward steadily, and the incoming wave of prospects is great. There is still lots of room for improvement that can take the Senators from bottom-feeders to playoff hopefuls.
While the team should have plenty of cap space for next season, it’s important that Pierre Dorion and company spend wisely. The Ottawa Senators will still have very low expectations on-ice next season, so there is still time to continue rolling the dice on a couple of players.
Examples here are going to be similar to the cases of Anthony Duclair, and more recently Jayce Hawryluk. Low-risk pickups that have resulted in the Senators acquiring solid roster players, on cheap contracts.
Click through the sliders at the top to see some examples of low-risk and high-reward UFA players that the Senators should target this summer!