With the trade deadline come and gone, we now have a pretty good idea of what this team looks like for the last 20 or so games and it's a bit grim. With Belleville expected to have a big run this spring, it makes sense that the NHL team is going to look a bit rough down the stretch, but with five roster spots available (according to Capfriendly) here are some people we may see in Ottawa before the season is done:
With 20 goals this season and only a few months left to sign him before we lose his rights, I think the Sens likely sign Wilkie as soon as his college season is done. Whether he has it in him to make an impact at the NHL level in the future remains to be seen, but so far in college he has seemed like a solid goal scorer, and that's hard to find.
Is this a guy who can make it at the NHL level? I think probably no, but he will be a good pro at the AHL level in the future. He's currently leading the Hitmen in scoring, and if they get eliminated early I expect to see him in a Sens uniform for the stretch run.
JBD is probably going to need a season in the AHL before he can make a real impact at the NHL level, but that doesn't mean we can't get a preview of the future with him and Chabot playing together for a few games at the end of the year. UND is expected to make it to the Frozen Four, so it will be a while before he's available, but I think he's earned a shot in the pros after a strong sophomore season.
He's had a great season in the Q, and if Cape Breton is eliminated early in the playoffs, I wouldn't be surprised to see Mandolese join the crowded Ottawa crease for a game or two like Joey Daccord did last season. He's probably going to get jammed into the ECHL next season because of all the goalies in the system, but the Sens should give him a look in some pro games this season if he's available.
This is probably the longest shot of this group to actually make his Sens debut this season, but he's had a great freshman season, and could see a look to close out the year. Pinto is unlikely to make the NHL club for a few more years, but he looked great at the world juniors, and I wouldn't mind the team giving him a shot sooner rather than later.