NHL Betting: Are The Ottawa Senators Worth a Preseason Bet?

NHL Betting: Are The Ottawa Senators Worth a Preseason Bet?
Tue 8th December 2020

The Ottawa Senators have been selling off many of their players to bring in more draft picks. They have got a few new players on the roster outside the draft, but it will be a while before the Senators become competitive once again.

The Senators have the second-worst NHL betting odds with a +10000 line for winning the Stanley Cup. The present isn’t looking great for the Senators, but there are some positives to watch for in the future.

Two Intriguing Rookies

The Senators had two top-ten picks in this year’s draft, and both of those players are likely to be on the opening day roster. Third-overall pick Tim Stutzle is a forward who started competing professionally a year ago when he was seventeen. He had a broken arm while training in his home country of Germany in October, but he is expected to recover in time for whenever the NHL season starts.

The Senators drafted defenseman Jake Sanderson with the fifth-overall pick. The son of former NHL star Geoff Sanderson, he was a prominent two-way player for the US National Development Team. He is currently playing for the University of North Dakota, but he is expected to reach the NHL either next year or late this year, depending on what the Fighting Hawks do this season.

A Striking Acquisition

The Senators surprised the NHL when they signed Evgenii Dadonov from the Florida Panthers. Dadonov came close to scoring fifty points last season. He will likely plan on the top’s top line alongside Brady Tkachuk.

What Else is With the Team?

It’s hard to get excited about a team with so many uncertainties, especially since there are too many variables. It is hard to figure where the Senators will go in the net, as Anders Nilsson will be competing with Matt Murray and Filip Gustavasson for the top spot.

The offense features plenty of unproven young players like Filip Chlapik, Colin White, Anthony Duclair, and Austin Watson. There’s hope that many of these players will pan out and become significant stars for the team, but that is unclear.

Whatever the case, the only direction for the Sens is up. The team gave up 3.35 goals per game last year and scored about 2.70 goals per game, and they had a penalty kill percentage of 76 percent. Their weak 14-percent power play made a bad situation worse. The Sens are hoping they will perform better as the years progress.

Are the Senators Worthy of a Bet?

While placing a bet on the Ottawa Senators at +10000 sounds like an interesting idea, we would not recommend going that far for your NHL betting plans. The Senators are trying to rebuild, and it would be hard to see them being competitive this year. Expect the Sens to focus on bringing up their young players and seeing how well they will compete.

*Odds are correct at time of writing.

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