Today we kick off the 2013 Silver Seven Ottawa Senators Prediction Panel. Over the course of the week leading up to the season opener, the staff on the blog will be taking a look at some of the biggest questions facing the Sens heading into this season.
To kick things off, let's talk about the two new players everyone expects to see in the top six this year: Who will have more points this season: Guillaume Latendresse or Jakob Silfverberg? (Bonus: How many points for each?)
Going with Jacke here. Also learn Jacke. That's the Swedish nickname for Jakob. Final score - Silfverberg 34, Latendresse 24.
Silfverberg is the sexy pick here, but I'm going with Latendresse. I can't help but remember Paul MacLean's insistence on playing guys like Chris Neil and Nick Foligno right in front of the net on the power play. Why would he not play Latendresse in that same role this year, especially since he's demonstrated an ability to score from there? I think Latendresse outproduces Silfverberg on the power play, and that makes the difference. 28 points for Latendresse, and 25 for Silfverberg.
Silfverberg will have 18 points, and Latendresse will have 9. 6 of Latendresse's points will be goals, but only 3 of Silf's.
Since I'd previously predicted 42P for Silfverberg, I'll stick with that prediction despite how ridiculous it seems upon closer inspection. For Latendresse, I'll predict a 21-point season.
Ooh Ah has been awesome for the last two months or so in Binghamton and will keep rolling through the regular season. I bet Latendresse gives decent top-six output, say about 24 in 40GP. Silfverberg plays in all 48 and #33 gets 33 points, cause why not?
Got to go Silfverberg, and I'm putting him at 35P. He'll be good, but not great. Yet. Addendum: 18 points for Guillaume. Forgot to add the second bonus, because that's how forgettable he is.
Silfverberg will have 33 points, Latendresse will have 24. Silf's in game shape and going to get top line minutes, it'll show on the stat line.
Silfverberg. He'll have 26 points. Latendresse will have 23.
Silfverberg. Two reasons: he's more talented and he'll get better ice time and linemates. I think Guillaume has the chance to be a solid x-factor for the Sens, but his footspeed will limit him. 26 points for Silfver, 21 points for Guillaume.
So, there you have it. Everyone but Mark is on the Silfverberg bandwagon. Are you?