About Ottawa Senators
The franchise is the second NHL franchise to use the Ottawa Senators name. Unlike its predecessor the current Senators are yet to win the Stanley Cup. The franchise was founded in 1990 and started playing in 1992 and it needed five seasons to go to the playoffs.
Once the team qualified for the postseason it was hard not to see them every year as they recorded 11 consecutive trip to playoffs including one to the Finals where they lost to the Ducks in 2006-07. The streak finally was broken in 2008-09 season but the Senators still managed four playoffs appearances in last seven seasons.
The franchise has won one Presidents’ Trophy in 2003 and has 4 division titles to their name, none of which come from their current division in Eastern Conference which is the Atlantic one as they were only moved here during the 2013 league realignment.
The team’s colours are red, black, gold and white and their mascot is always cheering for the Senators, Spartacat.
Dave Cameron has had the head coach responsibilities since 2014, when he replaced previous team’s coach, whom he was an assistant to since 2011. Prior to that Cameron coached on many different levels after he retired from playing ice hockey.
The Senator’s first choice of a goaltender is in veteran of the ice rink, Craig Anderson who joined the team in 2011 via trade. His first game as the Senator, Cameron posted a 47- save performance to shut of the Maple Leafs.
The Senators named captain is a very talented defenceman, Erik Karlsson who was drafted by the Senators in 2008 and who almost instantly improved the team’s performance. Despite his lack of vast experience he showed enough skill to win James Norris Memorial Trophy (best defenseman) twice, in 2012 and 2015.
He was also a silver medallist in 2014 Winter Olympics playing for his team, Sweden. He led all the defenceman in points in that tournament. He also already set some franchises records in points in a season and also goals by the defenceman in a season.
If that wasn’t enough offensively the team can rely on services of left wingman, Mike Hoffman who the team selected in draft in 2009 and who spent most of his time in AHL making some appearances in the NHL as his skillset improves. He played all 2014-15 season and this could be his big year to show his development.
The Senators have a mixture of youth, experience and some journeymen on the roster but it seems like it is a right mix of people to make a push for postseason run.