Ottawa Senators Ups and Downs: Week 1
It's the season-starting edition of who's hot and who isn't!
It's the start of a new season, and that means minor changes, including the movement of Ups and Downs to Tuesdays this year! It'll hardly change a thing since the Senators almost never play on Mondays anyway.
Biggest gains: Erik Karlsson
It's a little ridiculous that Karlsson still has so many detractors in the league. If he needed to make a statement to start the season, he definitely did. Not only did he put up the points (five of them), but he also looked like a natural in Guy Boucher's system of speed and pressure. Too bad most people will still only remember him getting walked by Auston Matthews.
(Also considered: Guy Boucher, for implementing a system that has the Sens looking fast and dangerous, outshooting their opponents, and has Karlsson killing penalties)
Biggest losses: Andrew Hammond
Craig Anderson started the season looking kind of shaky, and you thought that with a good game or two, Hammond might be able to make a case for a platoon. So of course Hammond stunk up the joint in his first start of the season, and suddenly Joey Daccord can't make the NHL fast enough. (I kid, mostly.)
|Craig Anderson||The Sens won't win a lot of games in which he lets in 3-4 goals and can't track the puck |
|Andrew Hammond||See Biggest Losses |
|Mark Borowiecki||Different players get rated according to different standards, and Boro definitely exceeded his lowest-on-the-team expectations |
|Cody Ceci||Hasn't looked great, even earning himself a demotion against the Red Wings |
| Thomas Chabot ||Hasn't got his first NHL game yet (but should tonight) |
|Erik Karlsson||See Biggest Gains |
|Marc Methot||He's been alright so far. I'd be pretty happy if he's no worse than this week all season |
|Dion Phaneuf ||Not a great week defensively coupled with some dumb penalties against the Wings earns him a minus in my books |
|Chris Wideman ||I thought he looked pretty bad against the Leafs, but he had two solid games after that, and finished the week with two primary assists |
| Derick Brassard ||That goal against the Leafs was a thing of beauty, eh? |
| Ryan Dzingel ||Three points in three games? Definitely earned a roster spot with this week. Another strong candidate for Biggest Gains |
|Mike Hoffman||Somehow has no points, but still managed 12 shots on goal. The process leads to results eventually, right? |
| Chris Kelly ||Plays safe, low-event hockey and kills penalties. The Sens are getting exactly what they wanted from this guy |
|Clarke MacArthur||Not sure what to hope for MacA: either for the cross to turn into a rating, or for him to be permanently removed from this list |
|Chris Neil||The only part of Neil's week I remember was a big hit in the first period of the first game, which means he had a pretty successful week |
|Jean-Gabriel Pageau||Got better as the week went on. |
|Matt Puempel||Got into one game, playing nine minutes (but only two minutes at even strength). Didn't notice him, but it's hard to get noticed in the minutes he's playing |
| Tom Pyatt ||I was a little skeptical of him starting the year with the team, but a goal and some solid defensive work have me a little more convinced |
|Bobby Ryan||Got the start he needed, scoring the team's first goal and putting up an assist in the first game. Hopefully it's a sign of more to come |
|Zack Smith||Don't look now, but he has two points looking perfectly adequate picking up where he left off last season as a top-six winger |
|Mark Stone||Not quite back to where he was last season, but some great work to tie and win the game against Toronto gets him an up |
|Kyle Turris||I think Turris can do more, but scoring two goals in his first real NHL action since February is a positive step |
| Phil Varone ||His pre-season quickness hasn't quite translated to the regular season yet, and a bad penalty against the Habs earned him a benching and then a healthy scratch. I'm sure he'll get another chance before being sent down though |
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