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NHL Power Rankings: 2017-18 Way-Too-Early Edition, Part II

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 23: Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is interviewed during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 23: Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is interviewed during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 21: Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators poses for a portrait with the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy at the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 21: Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators poses for a portrait with the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy at the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

16. Ottawa Senators

The Senators got burned by the expansion draft. They could not work out a deal with the Golden Knights to protect Marc Methot. So Ottawa lost Methot to Vegas. The Sens were not big players in free agency, as they only signed Mike Condon to a three-year deal.

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  • The Senators will always have potential as long as Erik Karlsson is on their team. The loss of Methot is huge one, and it might too big for them to overcome.

    Key addition: Colin White (entry-level contract).

    Key loss: Marc Methot (expansion draft).

    First-round pick: Shane Bowers. A fringe top-six forward who is solid on the penalty kill.

    The Senators will be on the postseason bubble again this season.

    15. Philadelphia Flyers

    Flyers general manager Ron Hextall made some curious moves this offseason. I thought it was one step forward and one step back.

    The Flyers traded Brayden Schenn to the St. Blues for Jori Lehtera, a first-round pick and a 2018 conditional first-round pick.

    The team then let go of Steve Mason and brought in Brian Elliott for two years. Is Elliott an upgrade over Mason?  I am not sure. Hextall did then sign Shane Gostisbehere to a six-year contract extension.

    Key additions: Brian Elliott (free agency); Jori Lehtera (trade); Valtteri Filppula (trade).

    Key losses: Steve Mason (free agency); Mark Streit (free agency).

    First-round pick: Nolan Patrick. Could have gone No. 1 overall to New Jersey but fell to Philly. They won’t mind his 205 points in 163 career WHL games.

    The Flyers are spinning their wheels and will be stuck in the same spot as last season: outside the playoffs.

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