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Weekly Question: Who is Your Favourite Forward Target?

Weekly Question: Who is Your Favourite Forward Target?

Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via This week we ask: who is your favourite forward you think the Senators should acquire this off-season? NHL free agency begins on July 13th at 12:00pm EST. The Ottawa Senators are certainly not ones to spend big in free agency, but considering that Pierre Dorion keeps talking about a top-6 forward that he wants to acquire, it’s at least something to keep an eye on. Furthermore, trades are allowed to happen before and after that date, meaning the Senators could theoretically be acquiring a player any day now. Ottawa has been linked to a lot...
Jul 1, 2022
Ottawa Senators Prospect Awards 2022 - Most Improved

Ottawa Senators Prospect Awards 2022 - Most Improved

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Lassi takes this one by the narrowest of margins Most Improved: Lassi Thomson (20%) Runners up: Erik Brännström (17%), Ridly Greig (14%), Parker Kelly (12%), the field (14 other players took the remaining share of 37%) After a difficult stint playing professional hockey in Finland’s top league from 2019-21 and a cup of coffee in AHL Belleville last season, our most improved prospect thrived in an expanded role under head coach Troy Mann and played admirably in his first NHL games. Thomson didn’t earn the...
Jul 1, 2022
Five Thoughts: Missing Out on Fiala, Trying for DeBrincat, Hockey Ops and More!

Five Thoughts: Missing Out on Fiala, Trying for DeBrincat, Hockey Ops and More!

Photo by Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire via Let’s get down to some thinking, shall we? Welcome to a Canada Day edition of Five Thoughts for Friday: On Missing Out It’s no secret that the Ottawa Senators are in need of an injection of skill up front — the team finished 26th in scoring last year, and while they had to deal with injuries to a few key contributors, it’s difficult to look at next year’s projected roster as it currently stands and have much confidence that the necessary offensive output will be there. So when the Los Angeles Kings won the Kevin...
Jun 30, 2022
Senators Promote Mann, Hire Bowness

Senators Promote Mann, Hire Bowness

Photo by Ben Coles/NHLI via The Ottawa Senators announced the promotion of Trent Mann and the addition of Ryan Bowness as the team’s new pair of Assistant General Managers. Trent Mann and Ryan Bowness got an early Canada Day gift as the Ottawa Senators announced that both would become Assistant General Managers to Pierre Dorion earlier today. News Release: #Sens promote Trent Mann, hire Ryan Bowness as assistant general managers: https://t.co/L8soMqE0JZ— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) June 30, 2022 Trent Mann, as we know, has spent plenty of time within the...
Jun 30, 2022
Fiala to the Kings, Kadri’s Legacy, Memorial Cup Champs and More

Fiala to the Kings, Kadri’s Legacy, Memorial Cup Champs and More

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Thursday’s edition of the Links, News and Notes The Cup has been awarded at long last! While the Colorado Avalanche continue their celebrations, the rest of the league is now ramping up for the most important time of the off-season. Let’s get an update on the latest free agency rumours and other hockey news happening this week: A big name on the Sens radar was Minnesota Wild’s Kevin Fiala, who has been rumoured to be shopping the young forward. While the Sens were allegedly on the shortlist, the Los Angeles Kings eventually were the...
Jun 29, 2022
Prospect Awards 2022 - Biggest Underachiever

Prospect Awards 2022 - Biggest Underachiever

Photo by Dave Reginek/ Not a majority, but this one still wasn’t too hard to predict. Biggest Underachiever: Tyler Boucher (45%) Runners-up: Filip Gustavsson (16%), Jonny Tychonick (10%), Vitaly Abramov (8%) Next up in our annual Prospect Awards, is the award for Biggest Underachiever, awarded to the Sens Prospect who had the most underwhelming season relative to expectations. Even though goaltender Filip Gustavsson’s save percentage fell considerably from last year, and defenseman Jonny Tychonick continued to fall short of his second-rounder status, the decision to...
Jun 29, 2022
2022 NHL Draft Profiles: The Canadian Hockey League

2022 NHL Draft Profiles: The Canadian Hockey League

Photo by Christopher Mast/ We end our look at draft-eligible skaters with a short profile on 12 players currently playing in the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL. Let’s end our exploration of the various scouting regions by returning home to the Canadian Hockey League. Since Pierre Dorion was named the team’s general manager in 2016, the Senators have selected three players out of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), nine out of the Western Hockey League (WHL), and five out of the Québec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). In this piece, we’ll offer some quick snippets of...
Jun 29, 2022
Making All 11 Selections in a Sens Mock Draft

Making All 11 Selections in a Sens Mock Draft

Photo by Matthias Hangst/ Ahead of next week’s NHL Entry Draft, Spencer takes a crack at all eleven selections for the Sens. As the Colorado Avalanche officially put an end to the NHL season, we get to officially turn our attention to the offseason - which feels like it’s already been going on for months as a Sens fan. Today, I’m going to take a crack at making all eleven selections for Ottawa in the upcoming draft, using the mock draft tool from the wonderful folks at FC Hockey. Of course, this is simulated and, just like in real life, once you get beyond the top...
Jun 28, 2022
2022 NHL Draft Profiles: Russia & the Rest of Europe

2022 NHL Draft Profiles: Russia & the Rest of Europe

Photo by Codie McLachlan/ Today, we look at six skaters out of Russia, Czechia and Slovakia to round out our skater draft coverage. As we continue our coverage of 2022 NHL Draft prospects, we turn our attention to Russia and the rest of Europe. It’s been interesting to watch the rise of what would have been considered second tier professional leagues over the last few years, as countries like Czechia, Slovakia and Germany have started producing more and more intriguing draft prospects for the NHL. Today, we’re going to visit Russia’s junior leagues while spending...
Jun 27, 2022
NHL Mock Draft 2022: Ottawa Senators select Joakim Kemell with No. 7 pick

NHL Mock Draft 2022: Ottawa Senators select Joakim Kemell with No. 7 pick

Photo by Matthias Hangst/ Through the annual SB Nation Mock Draft, the Ottawa Senators are proud to select Finnish forward Joakim Kemell with the seventh overall selection. Happy mock draft season! Over the next week leading up to the draft, SB Nation sites will be making their picks for the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft. The Ottawa Senators, of course, have the seventh overall selection and we are on the clock! Joakim Kemell With the seventh overall selection, the Ottawa Senators are proud to mock draft Joakim Kemell out of Finland’s top league, Liiga. During...
Jun 27, 2022
Alfie is a Hall of Famer

Alfie is a Hall of Famer

Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/ It’s a Beautiful Day Well, this ends the argument of if Daniel Alfredsson had a Hall of Fame worthy career. It took six years (though without a “class” selected in his fifth year), but the Selection Committee deemed him worthy. Alfie is joined by Roberto Luongo, and fellow Swedes Henrik and Daniel Sedin on the Men’s side and Riikka Sallinen from the Women’s game for the Player Class of 2022, as well as Herb Carnegie in the Builder category. It’s a long resume that gets him into the Hall. He had 444 goals and...
Jun 27, 2022
HHOF Decisions, Growing the Game on Social Media, and Free Agency

HHOF Decisions, Growing the Game on Social Media, and Free Agency

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via It’s the Monday edition of Links, News and Notes! It’s Monday, and you know what that means: it’s time for another edition of Links, News and Notes! Pay attention to your preferred source of hockey news today, because this afternoon we will know whether or not our efforts to get Daniel Alfredsson into the Hockey Hall of Fame will be successful, as the class of 2022 is set to be announced. The big names this year are the Sedin twins, who are eligible for the first time and are considered near-locks. I’ll admit that, while I agree...
Jun 25, 2022
Weekly Question: What Are Your Wishes For The Downtown Arena?

Weekly Question: What Are Your Wishes For The Downtown Arena?

At last, we can dream about Lebreton again Things are looking up for the Ottawa Senators. There’s more hope for the future, both on and off the ice, than there has been in years, and the latest bit of good news is that the new arena at Lebreton Flats is actually going to happen. It won’t happen soon - the timeline we have right now has construction starting in late 2024, and things have fallen apart before - but it looks like it’s happening. When the decision was announced on Thursday, there was much celebration around the fanbase - and no small amount of speculation...
Jun 24, 2022
2022 NHL Draft Profiles: Finnish skaters

2022 NHL Draft Profiles: Finnish skaters

Photo by Matthias Hangst/ This time, we present three forwards and three defenders currently playing in Finland who might interest the Senators with a mid- or late-round pick. I’ve always found it interesting that despite the Senators Chief European Scout hailing from Finland, the team has only drafted two players out of the country in recent memory: Markus Nurmi in 2016 and Leevi Meriläinen last year. We’ve already discussed the hype around Joakim Kemell and Brad Lambert — two players who have brought the scouts in for multiple viewings given the complexity in...
Jun 23, 2022
LeBreton is Back On, Colorado Inches Closer, Brown and Dubois Potentially Available & More

LeBreton is Back On, Colorado Inches Closer, Brown and Dubois Potentially Available & More

Photo by Abbie Parr/NHLI via Welcome back to another edition of Links, News & Notes. I’m your host, Spencer Blake. Let’s dive in! Earlier today, the National Capital Commission’s board of directors met and one of the topics of discussion was the development of LeBreton Flats. Brad takes us through what happened and what that means for the Sens moving forward. The Colorado Avalanche inched closer to Stanley Cup glory last night with a controversial overtime winner courtesy of Nazem Kadri. The call on the ice stood, but there’s lots of debate on whether or not...