Detroit Red Wings are heading into their second season as a part of the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division – even though most of the teams are not even near the Atlantic Ocean – and the editors from our Atlantic Division rivals will be answering a few questions regarding their team, the Detroit Red Wings, and the upcoming season.
Jared Crozier (JC) the editor of SenShot, where they cover the Ottawa Senators, joins us today.
What were the Ottawa Senators biggest additions and subtractions during the off-season?
JC: Obviously the biggest subtraction was Jason Spezza. The club traded their most talented offensive forward for Alex Chiasson and a couple of prospects, so they will be looking for a new captain for the second straight year. The Sens also added short-term Red Wing and Michigan native David Legwand to ease some of Spezza’s loss.
Me: Legwand will not be able to replace Spezza, but Ottawa needed to make a move. Hopefully the turnover in leadership does not hurt the Senators’ moral, for their sake.
Which player on the Ottawa Senators will strike fear in the hearts of Detroit Red Wings when on the ice?
JC: Realistically, the only true individual threat any time he is on the ice is Erik Karlsson. He can go end to end at any time, and while that sometimes gets him in trouble defensively, opponents need to be aware whenever he is on the ice, because there aren’t many players that can go from 0 to top speed faster than Karlsson.
Me: Karlsson is a monster on the back-end; he can skate well add attack from anywhere on the ice. His defense might still need some work, but that can be taught.
Which player on Detroit are you most afraid of when he is on the ice?
JC: From a skill point of view, it is still Pavel Datsyuk, while Tomas Tatar is emerging as a threat. You also have to be aware of where Niklas Kronwall is at all times or you might be scraping yourself off the glass.
Me: The Russian dangles and the Swede crushes.
If Daniel Alfredsson returns to Detroit next season will Ottawa fans boo him again?
JC: I don’t think he will come back, however, given the amount of time he has taken to make his decision and his past history. It is getting too close to the start of camp and to not have confirmed his return is cutting it too close. However, if I am wrong, a year has gone by since Alfredsson’s defection, and there will always be pockets of those who still feel let down about him leaving Ottawa. There will be a smattering of jeers, but on the whole the respect he garnered in his tenure will keep him out of Alexei Yashin / Dany Heatley territory.
Me: I hope no one ever else ever enters the Dany Heatley zone.
Who do you predict will win the season series?
JC: I will be honest, I am not optimistic about the Senators chances to succeed this season. Last year I had Ottawa finishing ahead of Detroit, but I can’t make the same prediction this year. Detroit will likely take the series.
Me: Detroit will probably take the series, but with Turris and Ryan still with the Senator I would not rule out them take a game.
A big thank you to Jared over at SenShot for answering these questions and it will be a great season!