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Today our blogging team expert is SensChirp from the blog of the same name. Now being a Leafs fan, this scout really doesn't want anything to do with the Sens, so we're glad that this post is in his capable hands (note: I added the pictures below, mostly to amuse myself). We asked SensChirp nine fantasy relevant questions about the Senators and the NHL in general. Follow the jump to read his answers...
Q1) Sens Breakout of the Year?
Peter Regin - The answer to this question really comes down to who joins the ranks of the Sens top 6 forwards this season. And that very well could be Nick Foligno but since I went with him last year I think I'll mix it up. Regin showed Sens fans what he is capable of down the stretch and if he can create moments like this... and like this, he could be in for a huge season. He should play with talented players all season and the jump in his numbers should be significant. Although I expect big things from Foligno as well.
Q2) Darkhorse Breakout on the Sens?
Chris Neil - I know this one may seem like a bit of a stretch but a darkhorse is supposed to be right? I really think Neil will excel this season in a third line role and could put up between 12-15 goals and 30 points. Those are pretty significant numbers for a guy that is sure to get you 100 PIM. Not saying you should be taking this guy in the early rounds of a fantasy draft or anything but if you need a guy who can put up PIMs and tally the odd goal, Chris Neil is an ideal pick up.
Q3) Breakdown on the Sens?
Filip Kuba - Put up decent numbers last season but this guy can not stay healthy. In fact, he managed to break his freaking leg during the first skate of the season. He will have every chance to put up big numbers on the Sens power play but I just can't seem him staying off the list of walking wounded long enough to do so.
Q4) League-Wide Breakout of the Year?
Ville Leino - Really seemed to emerge last year with the Flyers. This may qualify as more of a darkhorse breakout but I really think Leino is a guy that could put up 50 points this season. A steal in any fantasy draft (note: I picked him so he better be).
Q5) Who are your First Five Picks in a Fantasy Draft?
Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Nicklas Backstrom & Henrik Sedin
Q6) Best Value for Money Fantasy Goalie?
Tuukka Rask - People may have caught on to him already but if not there is no better bargain out there than Rask. Should be a second tier goalie in most pools but could put up huge win numbers if Boston is as good as some people think they will be. Assuming Tim Thomas doesn't steal his job back in which case... Marty Turco.
Q7) Taylor or Tyler?
Taylor - Both long term and short term. I could be way off but to me Seguin seems to translate more into a two-way type player. Hall is going to get every chance to put up big numbers this season and every season from here on out. Playing with a rebuilding Oilers team should mean more ice time for Hall.
Ottawa Senators - What sort of fan would I be if I said otherwise? On paper this team has all the tools for a long run come April. Assuming Pascal Leclaire can recapture the form he showed late last season against the Pens (a dangerous assumption) and providing all of the older guys stay healthy, I think Ottawa is in good shape. Vancouver looks extremely tough too. All Canadian final sounds good to me.
BONUS) Who should fantasy GMs take... Elliott or Leclaire?
Pascal Leclaire - He is going to be given every chance to take the ball and run with it this season. Has to stay healthy though. Robin Lehner is a bit of a darkhorse in this equation and could actually see some NHL time this season.
Big thanks to SensChirp... and if you're into everything there is to know about one of the softest teams on the planet then definitely check them out.