Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with the Ottawa Senators. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Summer Skate -- Ottawa Senators
While most preseason projections had the Sens toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference, several unforeseen offensive explosions, including 78 points in 81 games from defenseman Erik Karlsson, combined with a resurgent season by star center Jason Spezza, led Ottawa's fourth-ranked scoring offense to second place in the Northeast.
The problem, of course, was that the Sens ranked 24th in goals allowed. To that end, they made a deal to bring in a reliable defenseman in Marc Methot. Still, don't be surprised if Ottawa still struggles defensively and slips back from its high scoring total and in the standings.
Trending up: F Colin Greening
Last season: 3.7 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 6.6