There is a youth movement going on in Canada's capital city, and a new coach to oversee it.
FACTS & FIGURES
32-40-10, 74 points, 13th in East
Coach: Paul MacLean
Ottawa's AHL affiliate, the B-Sens, won the Calder Cup this summer for the first time in franchise history. The team was led by many players who appeared in games for Ottawa this season, including Erik Condra
, Zack Smith
and Colin Greening
For the second time in three years, the Ottawa Senators
failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season -- a fact that cost coach Cory Clouston his job. But with former Detroit assistant Paul MacLean
the new bench boss in Ottawa, the Senators -- whose AHL affiliate is coming off its first Calder Cup championship -- are hopeful that good times are ahead.
MacLean, 53, spent the past six seasons as Mike Babcock's assistant in Detroit and helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 2008. It's his first head-coaching gig in the NHL, but he did lead the UHL's Quad City Mallards to a stunning .787 winning percentage (112-27-9) over two seasons at the turn of the century.
It will be MacLean's job to oversee the maturation of what will be a young team with a lot of promise. Sure, veteran mainstays such as Daniel Alfredsson
, Jason Spezza
and Chris Phillips
are back, but eight players are 25 or younger. That doesn't include 21-year-old Nikita Filatov
, who was acquired via trade from Columbus on draft weekend.