This team is the “new” Senators, as the original team folded in 1934. That team was a powerhouse of NHL hockey. In the decades leading up to the mid 1930’s those Senators won nearly one dozen Stanly Cups. Ottawa fans would have to wait fifty five years before a new franchise would come back to town. Their first season was a disaster, winning just ten games. They had to find a new head coach, as this new franchise would not make it if things didn’t turn around quickly. The team further hampered their chances when their first round draft pick didn’t live up to the hype. His team mate held out for a better contract, as he was the better player. By 1995, fans were losing faith in the franchise. Enter Jacques Martin, a promising head coach, and his focus on team defense. The Senators started wining, and made the playoffs seven years straight.
The Senators were eliminated in round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs this year by the Montreal Canadians. This is a fairly young team though, that has a lot of players in their early-to-mid 20's who are just hitting their prime. One such player is defensemen Erik Karlsson who led the team with 66 points this season. Another is left winger Mike Hoffman who led the team with 28 goals this season. Expect this team to be even better next season.