Ottawa Sens: New Season For A New Hope

Rick MiddletonContributor ISeptember 17, 2009

OTTAWA - MARCH 11:  Chris Campoli #14 of the Ottawa Senators skates during the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 11, 2009 at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

2009-2010

New season with new hopes.  All the teams say that going into training camp; well with Ottawa that is certainly the case here.  A bit of a personnel change with the soap opera, As Heatley Burns, finally over and done with; the team can finally start to gel as a unit. 

With a few lines needing slight adjustments; the addition of Kovalev, Cheechoo and Michalek, that will add some more punch and scoring to the Sens and a bit of size too.  The only real place the Sens are lacking is toughness; though they do have Jeremy Yablonski who can fight with the best of them...but he will probably only be called up to face teams like Toronto, Philadelphia and maybe Boston.

Goal is set with Leclaire and Elliott holding down those positions.

The only rookie with a real chance of making the team is defence man Erik Karlsson and at 18 has proven he belongs with the big club.  In last winter's World Junior's he outshone Viktor Hedman...which is a feat in itself.

There are a few questions about Ottawa's heart, but not about their talent.  On paper; they appear to be able to skate with the top teams, but it is in their hearts that things will tell.

One can only hope that the cup will wind its way to Ottawa in June...but then again all teams say that at the beginning.