The Ottawa Senators revealed Tuesday they plan to start the preseason with a top line of Bobby Ryan, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek.
"We would like to see if they can develop some chemistry as a group," coach Paul MacLean told TSN. "If Ryan and Spezza and Milan Michalek can come together and have some good chemistry and be a good line, we feel that's going to give us a significant threat for teams to have to defend against."
Left Wing - OTT
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 10 | PTS: 14
GAMES: 23 | SOG: 58 | +/-: 8
Ryan was acquired in a trade from the Anaheim Ducks
on July 5, the day longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson
signed with the Detroit Red Wings
as a free agent.
"I'm excited about it," Ryan, a right wing, said. "... Getting a chance to be on the ice with everybody, I think the three of us will have great chemistry."
Spezza, a center, last season was limited to five games due to a back injury. Michalek, a left wing, had 14 points 23 games, slowed by a knee injury.
In 2011-12, Spezza had 34 goals and 84 points, fourth in the NHL, and Michalek had 35 goals and 60 points.
Ryan had 30 and 57 points the past two seasons and scored at least 31 goals each season from 2008-09 to 2011-12.
"Bobby's a very dynamic guy," Spezza said. "He can bring a different element to a team and to a line and I'm looking forward to getting a chance to get some exhibition games with him and feel things out and try to get as successful as possible as quick as possible."