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The Ottawa Senators are in full nose-dive mode, with all five of their top scorers from 2017/18 expected to leave the club by this trade deadline, or have already left. It’s all about building a new, young, and exciting team for the Senators now, which can be one of the most exciting ways to play Franchise Mode on NHL 19.
Mark Stone, Right Wing, 87 OVR
Age: 26Role: Power ForwardHeight: 191cmWeight: 93kgShoots: RightBest Stats: 92 Slap Shot Power. 91 Wrist Shot Power. 90 Wrist Shot Accuracy, Passing, Offensive Awareness
With Erik Karlsson gone, Mark Stone is the de facto star of the show in Ottawa, boasting tremendous physicality and a keen eye for goal. Last season, in 13 fewer games, he tied with Karlsson as the points leader of the Senators at 62 points in 58 games. From the right wing, he continues as Ottawa’s leading skater this season, but with an expiring contract this summer, he’s expected to be sold for some strong returns.
Thomas Chabot, Defenseman, 81 OVR
Age: 21Role: Two-Way DefensemanHeight: 188cmWeight: 86kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 89 Slap Shot Power. 88 Wrist Shot Power. 87 Stick Checking
The Ottawa Senators weren’t expected to do very much this season, merely showcasing their impending UFAs for the trade deadline to get some more draft picks in the bank. But, there has been a shining light, with Thomas Chabot breaking through with 39 points in 41 games with a +1 rating – impressive for a 21-year-old averaging nearly 24 minutes per game for one of the worst teams in the NHL.
Craig Anderson, Goaltender, 83 OVR
Age: 37Role: HybridHeight: 188cmWeight: 85kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 90 Endurance. 88 Agility, Aggressiveness
Craig Anderson was set for a very heavy workload this season, starting 31 of the first 36 games of the season. Then, the 37-year-old American suffered an injury, bringing Anders Nilsson into the crease. Despite Nilsson posting a far superior goals against average to Anderson’s 3.56, the regular starter has since earned back the net. Last season, also on a weak Senators team, Anderson notched a .898 save percentage and 3.32 goals against average, warranting his fairly lowly 83 overall rating in NHL 19.
From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Ottawa Senators first lines start. Matt Duchene is one of the fastest players on the game, and Bobby Ryan still boasts strong shooting attributes, both of which couple nicely with Mark Stone’s all-around strong play and Thomas Chabot’s playmaking ability.
NHL 19 Ottawa Senators Roster
Bobby Ryan (81) – Matt Duchene (85) – Mark Stone (87)Thomas Chabot (81) Cody Ceci (80)Craig Anderson (83)
|Name||Overall Rating||Position/Role||Height||Age||Shoots||Best Stats|
|Matt Duchene||85||Playmaker Center||180cm||27||Left||94 Speed. 93 Agility, Acceleration|
|Bobby Ryan||81||Right Wing Sniper||188cm||31||Right||88 Balance, Stick Checking. 87 Slap Shot Power|
|Ryan Dzingel||81||Two-Way Center||183cm||26||Left||86 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power|
|Mikkel Boedker||81||Right Wing Sniper||183cm||28||Left||93 Discipline. 90 Acceleration, Speed|
|Chris Tierney||81||Two-Way Center||185cm||24||Left||90 Discipline. 87 Stick Checking. 86 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power|
|Zack Smith||80||Grinder Center||188cm||30||Left||90 Aggressiveness. 89 Strength, Balance|
|Cody Ceci||80||Two-Way Defenseman||188cm||24||Right||89 Slap Shot Power. 88 Wrist Shot Power. 87 Strength, Balance, Endurance|
|Tom Pyatt*||79||Two-Way Center||180cm||31||Left||88 Speed. 87 Acceleration. 86 Agility|
|Chris Wideman*||79||Offensive Defenseman||178cm||28||Right||90 Discipline. 88 Acceleration, Agility|
|Marian Gaborik||78||Left Wing Sniper||185cm||36||Left||86 Acceleration, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power|
|Mark Borowiecki||78||Defensive Defenseman||185cm||29||Left||93 Aggressiveness. 88 Body Checking, Balance, Strength|
|Dylan DeMelo||78||Defensive Defenseman||185cm||25||Right||87 Slap Shot Power. 86 Wrist Shot Power. 85 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Endurance, Speed, Strength, Durability, Body Checking, Aggressiveness|
|Magnus Paajarvi||77||Two-Way Left Wing||191cm||27||Left||90 Discipline. 86 Slap Shot Power, Strength|
|Clarke MacArthur||77||Two-Way Left Wing||183cm||33||Left||85 Stick Checking, Poise, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Strength, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power|
|Paul Carey*||76||Two-Way Left Wing||185cm||29||Left||86 Slap Shot Power. 85 Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Wrist Shot Power, Strength|
|Ben Harpur||75||Defensive Defenseman||198cm||23||Left||88 Strength, Aggressiveness, Balance|
|Logan Brown||75||Power Forward Center||196cm||20||Left||87 Strength, Balance. 85 Slap Shot Power|
|Max McCormick||74||Two-Way Left Wing||180cm||26||Left||89 Aggressiveness. 87 Body Checking. 86 Slap Shot Power|
|Filip Chlapik||74||Playmaker Center||185cm||21||Left||85 Durability. 84 Slap Shot Power, Acceleration, Agility, Speed|
|Mike Condon||80||Hybrid Goaltender||188cm||28||Left||86 Agility, Speed, Stick Low|
*Chris Wideman traded to the Edmonton Oilers on November 22nd.*Tom Pyatt traded to the Vancouver Canucks on January 2nd.*Paul Carey traded to the Boston Bruins on January 11th.
Colin White, Center, 77 OVR
Age: 21Role: Two-WayHeight: 185cmWeight: 86kgShoots: RightPotential: Top 6 med
In 2018/19, Colin White became a fully-fledged Senator, scoring 11 goals and 26 points in 44 games. On NHL 19, White is already a well-rounded forward, boasting decent stats across the board. With decent potential, plenty of game time alongside good players should help White’s overall jump into the mid-80s over the coming seasons.
The problem for the Ottawa Senators is that their need to enter a full rebuild has come so soon after a trip to the 2017 Conference Finals, prior to which they made it to the playoffs in three of the last five seasons. So, the prospect pool is pretty shallow and relatively old, with its two youngest players already 19-years-old. There a few names to keep an eye on, though, including Alex Formenton, Drake Batherson, and goaltender Filip Gustavsson. Players looking to take on the Senators should look to bolster their prospect pool greatly and as soon as possible, with defensemen being of particular focus.
NHL 19 Ottawa Senators Top Prospects
|Parker Kelly||59||Two-Way Center||178cm||19||Left||AHL Top 6 med|
|Alex Formenton||63||Left Wing Sniper||185cm||19||Left||Top 6 med|
|Markus Nurmi||61||Two-Way Right Wing||193cm||20||Right||Top 9 med|
|Drake Batherson||64||Two-Way Center||185cm||20||Right||Top 6 med|
|Rudolfs Balcers||72||Left Wing Sniper||180cm||21||Left||Top 9 med|
|Gabriel Gagne*||68||Right Wing Power Forward||196cm||21||Right||Top 9 med|
|Maxime Lajoie||65||Two-Way Defenseman||185cm||21||Left||7th D med|
|Aaron Luchuk||63||Two-Way Center||178cm||21||Left||Top 9 med|
|Marcus Hogberg||67||Hybrid Goaltender||196cm||23||Left||Fringe Starter med|
|Filip Gustavsson||62||Hybrid Goaltender||188cm||20||Left||Starter med|
|Jordan Hollett||55||Hybrid Goaltender||193cm||19||Left||AHL Starter high|
*Gabriel Gagne traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 11th.