Preparing some Northeast division previews - I'll be posting my best stab at the depth charts as they exist today (late July).
Ottawa hasn't lost much, especially compared to last year's offseason (Zdeno Chara, Martin Havlat, Dominik Hasek). Peter Schaefer is a quality forward who will be missed; Mike Comrie was only added late in the year. Tom Preissing shouldn't be missed much as this team has quality defensive depth. Especially with another year in the books for youngsters like Patrick Eaves, Chris Kelly, and Antoine Vermette, the Sens should be right back near the top of the East again this year:
|Dany Heatley||Jason Spezza||Daniel Alfredsson|
|Dean McAmmond ||Mike Fisher||Patrick Eaves|
|Oleg Saprykin -UFA||Chris Kelly ||Chris Neil|
|Shean Donovan (RW)||Antoine Vermette||Brian McGrattan|
|possible rookies: Josh Hennessy – C, Jim McKenzie – LW|
|Chris Phillips||Wade Redden|
|Joe Corvo||Anton Volchenkov|
|Christoph Schubert||Andrej Meszaros|
|Ray Emery||Martin Gerber|
Despite his quality season last year, the weak(est) link on this team remains in goal with Ray Emery. He could still emerge as a top-flight goaltender, but he needs serious progress on rebounds and positioning.