Now for the Western Conference
Not as many Ottawa Senators play in the Western Conference, as 7 former Senators span over 5 different teams. The Vegas Golden Knights currently have the most at 2, and Colorado Avalanche (Alex Galchenyuk), Winnipeg Jets (Dylan DeMelo), Edmonton Oilers (Cody Ceci), and the Minnesota Wild (Filip Gustavsson) each employ one Former Senator. Gustavsson will most likely have earned the starters crease in Minnesota with his strong debut season with the wild. DeMelo and Ceci each have a top 4 role in their respective teams and should see significant ice time. Galchenyuk is a depth forward option for the Wild. With the Vegas Godlen Knights, they employe Mike Amadio and Mark Stone. Amadio entered the season as a depth option, but injuries gave him an opportunity and he took it. Amadio appeared in a career high 67 NHL games this season, scoring 16 goals and 11 assists for 27 points. Stone on the other hand has missed the majority of the season due to back injury, suiting up in 43 games while scoring 17 goals and 21 assists for 38 points. Stone is Vegas’ captain and automatically is on the first line as he is their best forward when he is in a position where he can play.
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There’s a lot to love these playoffs in terms of wanting to cheer for a former Ottawa Senator. Normally, I’d pick one team to cheer for in the post season but this year I will opt to choose for one team per conference. In the west I will end up cheering for either the Vegas Golden Knights or the Minnesota Wild (I have not 100% decided yet, will make my decision soon) and on the East, I will cheer for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they have the most former Sens out of any team. I’m also a sucker for Steven Stamkos as he has been one of my favorite NHL players for a long-long time. I know he’s already won a cup but I can’t help but cheer for the guy.