This post is part of Senators Day on PHT…
Expectations were relatively low for the Ottawa Senators at the start of the 2016-17 season. Having missed the playoffs in two of the previous three seasons not much was expected from them, even as they seemed to overachieve for most of the season and entered the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Division.
Then they went on an improbable postseason run that saw them come a double overtime Game 7 loss on the road (to the eventual back-to-back Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins) from reaching the Stanley Cup Final.
Even during that playoff run they did not seem to get much respect due to their style of play, but coach Guy Boucher implemented a system that worked for the roster he had.
The Senators only made a couple of small changes to the roster (adding Nate Thompson, Johnny Oduya) but are bringing back a team that has one of the best players in the world (Erik Karlsson) and a collection of talented, and often times underrated, forwards including Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone, Derrik Brassard and Kyle Turris.
Today at PHT we will take a look at all of the key stories surrounding the Ottawa Senators as NHL training camps approach.