2018-19 Record: 29-47-6 64pts. – – 8th Place in Atlantic
2019-20 Jersey Guide:
Key Additions: F – Tyler Ennis, F – Connor Brown, D – Nakita Zaitsev, D – Ron Hainsey, Coach – DJ Smith, F – Artem Anisimov, F – Ryan Callahan (injured)
Key Departures: F – Darren Archibald, F – Brian Gibbons, D – Cody Ceci, D – Ben Harpur, F – Zack Smith, G – Mike Condon
The Ottawa Senators are a team looking for an identity after the free fall they have been going through these last few seasons. Their first big change came when they hired DJ King as their new head coach. Following that some trades would be made to see if they can improve their overall team.
The Senators would go out and trade forward Zack Smith to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Artem Anisimov. Then in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs they would acquire defender Nikita Zaitsev and forward Connor Brown. Then the Senators would sign aging defenseman Ron Hainsey and forward Tyler Ennis from Toronto.
Despite these moves, the Senators are still in trouble. DJ King has a long uphill battle to help remold the Senators back into being a respectable team again. Goal scoring is going to be paramount. Youngster Brady Tkachuk is showing great promise, but to put all of that responsibility will be a tough task to carry. Only time will tell to see how the Senators pan out this season.