Dobber’s 2021 Offseason Fantasy Grades – Ottawa Senators

Michael Clifford


For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 19th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.


Gone – Derek Stepan, Artem Anisimov, Ryan Dzingel, Evgenii Dadonov, Michael Amadio

Incoming – Nick Holden, Michael Del Zotto

Impact of Changes – The biggest impact Ottawa's offseason likely had was just opening up roster spots for their young kids to fill. We look at those names and though they lost Dadonov, he's the only player that can play in the top-half of most rosters. Everyone else is sort of interchangeable, which is par for the course with the Sens. The notable change comes on the blue line, where they add Holden and Del Zotto, both capable of playing in an NHL lineup. Those guys are around to give their kids like Jacob Bernard-Docker and Jake Sanderson some time to develop. Both Holden and MDZ are capable at both ends of the ice, with Holden being the better defensively. This is to say that Ottawa's blue line has likely improved a fair bit from last year, given they played Erik Gudbranson for 36 games. If the two new guys, plus the existing guys like Chabot and Mete, can really provide puck-moving capability throughout the defensive corps, this team could take a big step offensively.

The losses aren't really significant. Dadonov flamed out, Dzingel couldn't recapture his magic, and the others were part-time players. This is another case where the improvements don't have to be significant themselves for there to be a big impact. If whichever kids get a role – Formenton, Pinto – are league-average quality, that's an improvement for the Sens. It is just a question if the