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.
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.