For the first time in five years, the Ottawa Senators are a handful of points away from a playoff spot. A long rebuild is finally coming to fruition. It’s not over yet, but Sens Fans can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. Throughout it all, there have been numerous ups and downs, such as employing Erik Gudbranson as a top-pairing defenseman, to now being able to acquire Jakob Chychrun as a second-pairing defenseman. This is a deep team that should see a long of success in the coming years.
Although the Sens have seen ups and downs, this is realistically the first season of their “window” of unparalleled success, and this team is extremely young, so it’s important to remember that there will certainly be growing pains. The important thing to remember is that the five years of being a bottom dweller have most certainly been worth it. This team has the best core it has had in over a decade, and in twenty years we could be looking at this core as the best the team has ever had. The Sens will be just fine.
This piece will go over a few things we have learned (or re-affirmed in some cases).