Senators playoff scouting report

Erik Karlsson has been superb this season and could be in line for the Norris Trophy. Andre Ringuette/NHLI/Getty Images

There weren't many people who looked at the Ottawa Senators heading into this season and saw a playoff team. There were a couple of bold predictions that put them in the eighth or ninth spot in the Eastern Conference, but most of us saw a team rebuilding, phasing in new young talent while ushering out the old regime.