Fansided 30 in 30: Ottawa Senators

For another Canadian NHL team, the 2010-11 season wasn’t as memorable as fans in the nation’s capital would have liked.  Being from the Eastern conference, the Senators and the Canucks don’t tangle too often, and there’s very little probability you’ll see a playoff series between the two anytime soon.  But that doesn’t mean that this years version of the Sens will be

Say what you will about the Senators, but leadership is certainly not an issue in the nation's capital (photo thanks to

another ‘write-off’.  Quietly, Ottawa has been slowly rebuilding the ranks of a once strong, impressive drafting regime, and have a few key pieces that are helping the future of the club remain bright.

Tony Mendes from Senshot takes a look at how the rebuilding club (who had 3 first round picks in the most recent draft) is measuring up, and what general direction to expect this season.  A number of questions surround the club, including how they’ll respond to new coaching, a new direction, and an influx of young, impressionable talent.

The 2010-2011 season was not kind to Ottawa. After reaching the pinnacle of the franchise four years ago in the Stanley Cup Finals, Ottawa has been on a downward slope ever since. After losing the the Final to Anaheim, the Sens have been through five coaches, have seen franchise players leave town, and are now considered a bottom feeder in the league.

Last year saw Ottawa make the decision to change the philosophy of the team and proceed with arebuild to get the team back to contender status. Shipped out-of-town were fan favorites Mike Fisher and Chris Kelly along with four others for the return of draft picks. In total, eight players who suited up for the Sens last season are gone and replaced by prospects and free agents.

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