NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
The Ottawa Senators raised the bar rather high last season by overcoming a slew of injuries to become perhaps the NHL's most surprising team.
With all of those key pieces now healthy, the main question is whether this team overachieved in reaching the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, or if it was a taste of bigger and better things to come.
"Time will tell, but we're at the point where we're no longer a young, overachieving team," new captain Jason Spezza told NHL.com. "We're a team that is expected to make the next step. We've added Bobby [Ryan], [Clarke] MacArthur and [Joe] Corvo, and these are guys that should help us get to the next level. Now it's up to us to continue to grow."
Here are three things that may determine just how much these Senators will be able to grow this season: