Toronto Maple Leafs: Atlantic Division Power Rankings November

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 17: Brandon Carlo #25 of the Boston Bruins chases after Kasperi Kapanen #24 of the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on April 17, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 6-4. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 17: Brandon Carlo #25 of the Boston Bruins chases after Kasperi Kapanen #24 of the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on April 17, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 6-4. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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OTTAWA, ON – SEPTEMBER 21: Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot (72) listens to Ottawa Senators right wing Connor Brown (28) during third period National Hockey League preseason action between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators on September 21, 2019, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON – SEPTEMBER 21: Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot (72) listens to Ottawa Senators right wing Connor Brown (28) during third period National Hockey League preseason action between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators on September 21, 2019, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Ottawa Senators

Wilbert: Sitting 7th in the Atlantic Division with a record of 12-16-1, the Ottawa Senators are matching expectations.

They are slowly trying to rebuild from the ground up, developing prospects and setting their blueprint for the following years.

The Senators struggle most offensively, they sith 25th in the league in goals for with 76 goals, below the league’s average of 86.

Their struggles to score goals are perhaps even worse on the powerplay, only having a success rate of 9,89%, sitting last in the league.

It’s not surprising, considering Connor Brown is playing on their first line leading the team in both goals and points total. While absolute valuable to a team on the third/fourth line, expecting more from Ottawa offensively while they play Brown and Pageau on their first line is unreasonable.

With Brady Tkachuk and Thomas Chabot as their core pieces forward, there’s potential to this group. Alex, looking at their prospect pool, are the Senators close to become a playoff contending team in the Near future?

Alex: “I would personally give the Senators at least three years before they’re contending. They’re on the right track, and I’ll give them credit by saying they’re doing much better than I thought they would be this year. But with that being known, a team with J.G. Pageau, Anthony Duclair, and Connor Brown as the leading scorers shouldn’t be anywhere near the playoffs.

Having said that, they’ve got a nice prospect pool. And having a defensive core led by Thomas Chabot and Erik Brannstrom is a good start. But the big question mark in my eyes is in the goal crease.

Craig Anderson is a few years away from retiring while Anders Nilsson is already 29 and hasn’t ever held a starting job in the league. Mads Sogaard looks like a nice goaltending prospect so far, but he’s at least three years away from making his NHL debut, let alone becoming a starter in the league. 

Overall, they’re not close. But they’re on the right track. If they keep adding quality prospects (and maybe even ditch their owner) then they’ll be in the dogfight eventually.”