Ottawa Senators Player News: All Positions

News: Anderson stopped 33 of 34 shots in Monday's 2-0 loss to the Wild.
Impact: The 38-year-old Anderson turned in his best start of the young season, yielding only a Victor Rask goal midway through the third period (Zach Parise added an empty-netter). Anderson had allowed nine goals in his first two starts of the year, so today was an encouraging performance. Still, support at either end of the rink will be tough to come by on most nights with the 1-4-0 Senators.
News: Anisimov (lower body) won't play in Monday's game against the Wild, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Jordan Szwarz will enter the lineup to provide depth while Chris Tierney and Jean-Gabriel Pageau will center the second and third lines, respectively. Anisimov will look to return Thursday against the Golden Knights.
News: Anisimov (lower body) is a game-time call for Monday's game against the Wild, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Initially deemed unlikely to play, coach D.J. Smith shed more optimism on Anisimov's chances of suiting up. The Senators recalled Nick Paul and Jordan Szwarz from AHL Belleville to add depth while Mikkel Boedker is expected to center a middle-six line in his place.
News: Anderson will tend the home twine for Monday's game against the Wild, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: After averaging 36 shots against over the first two games, Anderson yielded two goals to the Lightning on 21 shots Saturday en route to his first win of the season. Minnesota is still seeking its first win of the year, and it has averaged just 2.5 goals per game so far. Anderson could still get plenty of action, however, as the Wild averaged 32 shots on net in that stretch.
News: Anisimov (lower body) isn't expected to play in Monday's game against the Wild, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: The Senators tipped their hand that Anisimov would likely be unavailable Monday when they recalled forwards Jordan Szwarz and Nick Paul from AHL Belleville earlier in the day. For the moment, Anisimov is being viewed as day-to-day and could be ready to go for Thursday's contest versus Vegas.
News: The Senators recalled Szwarz from AHL Belleville on Monday.
Impact: With center Artem Anisimov (lower body) likely to sit out Monday's game against the Wild, the Senators brought up Szwarz and Nick Paul from the AHL ranks to provide added depth at forward. If Szwarz ends up cracking the lineup Monday, he'll likely be limited to a bottom-six role.
News: The Senators recalled Paul from AHL Belleville on Monday.
Impact: Ottawa brought up two forwards -- Paul and Jordan Szwarz -- from the AHL ranks to afford the team additional depth in the bottom-six ranks Monday against Minnesota with Artem Anisimov (lower body) expected to sit out. Over his 56 career games with Ottawa, Paul has compiled four goals and four assists.
News: Bernard-Docker racked up four assists in the University of North Dakota's 8-1 victory over Canisius Saturday.
Impact: JBD was viewed as a steady, stay-at-home defender when he was drafted 26th overall by Ottawa in 2018, but he has slowly added some offense to his game throughout the early portion of his collegiate career. He posted 17 points in 34 games in his freshman campaign at NoDak and his sophomore season is also off to a solid start. Bernard-Docker is a potential top-four option for the Sens down the road.
News: The Senators sent Abramov down to AHL Belleville on Sunday.
Impact: The 21-year-old got the call last week, and notched his first career goal against the Blues in his first career game. Abramov only averaged 5:47 of ice time through two games, so his demotion was likely coming. Now that Abramov has been demoted, look for Mikkel Boedker to draw back into the lineup at left wing.
News: Borowiecki delivered six hits Saturday in a 4-2 win over Tampa Bay, but those were his only contributions in the contest.
Impact: This is what Borowiecki does: he's a masher who's asked to be physical and does it well. If your league counts hits, he's a valuable asset, but if not, there isn't much reason for you to own him.
News: DeMelo's lone contribution in Saturday's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay was a first-period fight against Yanni Gourde.
Impact: DeMelo has operated as more of a defensive-focused blueliner so far, which is helpful to the Senators but not so much for fantasy owners. Don't expect much to change over the course of the season, so DeMelo isn't likely to be much use to your squad.
News: Pageau scored a goal, picked up an assist and got a fighting major in Saturday's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: Where did that come from? A Gordie Howe hat trick for a guy not known for aggression. Then again, he took on little Brayden Point. Pageau doesn't have huge upside, but he did score 43 points a few years ago. He'll be given plenty of opportunity in Ottawa this season and could challenge that total, especially if Saturday's chemistry with newcomer Vladislav Namestnikov is real.
News: Anderson made 19 saves in a 4-2 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Impact: What a way to get your first win of the season -- take down the mighty Bolts. Anderson is the 38-year-old backstop of a young, inexperienced team. Last season, he went 17-27-4 and could be lucky to score that many victories this year. But savor this one. His team will be fun to watch this season, but Anderson will be hard to activate.
News: Namestnikov scored two goals, including the game winner, and added an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Lightning.
Impact: He turned up the jets at the end of the game and scored twice in a 2:43 span late in the third. Namestnikov never found his legs in New York, but Ottawa looks like a fit. The former Bolt has four points (two goals, two assists) in two games with the Sens. Check your wire -- he's a worthy grab.
News: Anisimov suffered a lower-body injury during Saturday's game against the Lightning and won't return.
Impact: Anisimov will likely be evaluated following the game to see if he has a chance to play Monday versus the Wild. He's had a bumpy start to the year with just one goal and a minus-6 rating over four games.
News: Anderson will start between the pipes in Saturday's home game against the Lightning.
Impact: Anderson has had a predictably poor start to the season, suffering back-to-back losses to the Maple Leafs and Rangers while posting an ugly 4.58 GAA and .875 save percentage. Things are unlikely to improve Saturday, as he'll be taking on a stacked Tampa Bay offense that just thrashed Toronto by a score of 7-3 on the road Thursday.
News: Tierney potted a shorthanded goal in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Blues.
Impact: Tierney's tally gave Ottawa a 3-2 lead heading into the second intermission, but St. Louis dominated the third period and walked away with the road win. After logging 48 points in his first season with the Senators, Tierney has a goal and an assist through three games in 2019-20.
News: Nilsson yielded five goals on 36 shots in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Blues.
Impact: St. Louis' last goal came into an empty net. This was expected to be a massive mismatch, so this result wasn't terrible in that context. Ottawa actually led 2-0 after the first period and 3-2 after the second, but St. Louis dominated the third and Nilsson's defense left him out to dry.
News: Nilsson will guard the cage during Thursday's home game against the Blues.
Impact: Nilsson was solid in limited action behind a sub-par Senators defense last season, compiling an 11-11-0 record while posting a .914 save percentage and 2.90 GAA in 24 appearances. The 29-year-old Swede will look to pick up his first win of 2019-20 in a home matchup with a St. Louis team that's averaged 2.67 goals per contest through its first three games of the campaign.
News: Namestnikov was traded to the Senators in exchange for a 2021 fourth-round pick and defenseman Nick Ebert on Monday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: Namestnikov averaged just 13:30 of ice time in his first two games this season after averaging 15:48 in 78 games during the 2018-19 campaign. He should move into a middle-six role with the Senators and could be a candidate to see some time on the second power-play unit. Expect the 26-year-old to see an increase in ice time now as he looks for his fifth consecutive season with 10 or more goals.
News: Abramov was recalled from AHL Belleville on Monday.
Impact: Abramov will get his first chance to slot into a game for the Senators this season, after the winger was called up ahead of Thursday's clash with St. Louis in favor of Drake Batherson. Despite the promotion, the Russian winger is far from a lock for the lineup and could find himself back in the minors before too long.
News: Chlapik was sent down to AHL Belleville on Sunday.
Impact: Despite grabbing an assist in just 5:20 of action in the season opener, Chlapik served as a healthy scratch against the Rangers on Saturday. While his opportunities have been limited with Ottawa thus far, the center will likely be recalled ahead of Thursday's clash with St. Louis to provide additional forward depth.
News: Batherson was reassigned to AHL Belleville on Sunday.
Impact: Batherson posted a disastrous minus-4 rating in the season opener against Toronto and was relatively absent versus the Rangers on Saturday. Still, the winger -- who was sent down to the minors alongside Filip Chlapik -- will likely find himself back up with the big club prior to Thursday's matchup with the Blues.
News: Pageau drew an assist on Ottawa's lone goal in its 4-1 loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: Despite his team still being winless, Pageau has been highly effective through two games, finding the scoresheet in both contests. Limited to 39 appearances a year ago, the 26-year-old will be looking to stay healthy in 2019-20 and help lead a rebuilding Senators team that many predict will struggle to win most nights.
News: Chabot rarely came off the ice against New York, recording an assist while logging 30:15 of ice time in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: Chabot figures to be a workhorse on Ottawa's blue line this season. The 22-year-old defenseman signed a long-term deal with the Senators just before the start of the 2019-20 season and will be looking to build on his 55-point rookie campaign. On Saturday, he spent more than half the game on the ice, drawing an assist on Brady Tkachuk's goal midway through the opening period.
News: Tkachuk scored his team's only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: With goals in his first two games, Tkachuk has gotten off to a promising start in his sophomore campaign, despite his team losing its first two contests of 2019-20. The 20-year-old is coming off a rookie season that saw him produce 44 points over 71 appearances.
News: Anderson made 26 saves in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: The veteran netminder has dropped his first two starts of the season, allowing nine goals on 72 shots against. While the Senators' season is just two games old, it appears Anderson's fantasy value will be rather low in 2019-20 with his team expected to be on the wrong end of things most nights.
News: Sabourin (undisclosed) occupied his usual spot on the Senators' fourth line during morning skate, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Saturday's home game against the Rangers, Hailey Salvian of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Sabourin was dealing with general soreness following Wednesday's season-opening loss to Toronto, but he'll gut it out against the Rangers. The 27-year-old will skate with Tyler Ennis and Chris Tierney on Ottawa's fourth line Saturday.
News: Anderson will start between the pipes in Saturday's home game against the Rangers, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: Anderson was tested early and often in Wednesday's season-opening loss to the Maple Leafs, ultimately surrendering five goals on 42 shots. The veteran netminder will hope to fare better in a home matchup with a new-look Rangers squad that just potted six goals in a season-opening victory over the Jets on Thursday.
News: Sabourin (undisclosed) is considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Ian Mendes of TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Impact: Sabourin is dealing with some soreness following Wednesday's 5-3 loss to Toronto, so his status for Saturday's contest likely won't be determined until after morning skate. The 27-year-old forward scored a goal while logging 8:27 of ice time in his NHL debut against the Maple Leafs.
News: Sabourin scored a goal on three shots in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to Toronto.
Impact: It was the first career NHL goal for Sabourin, who cracked the Senators roster out of training camp on a professional trout. The 27-year-old winger spent his first seven professional seasons in the AHL, amassing 646 career PIM in 308 games and scoring more than eight goals in a season only once.
News: Ryan scored on one of his three shots in Ottawa's 5-3 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.
Impact: Ryan found the net with 2:15 remaining in the third period to round out the scoring in Wednesday's season opener. A consistent 30-goal scorer early in his career, the 13th-year veteran tallied 15 goals and 42 points in 78 games last season and hasn't hit the 20-goal mark since 2015-16.
News: Tkachuk scored on one of his two shots and added six hits in Ottawa's 5-3 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.
Impact: Tkachuk scored the NHL's first goal of the 2019-20 season, striking just 25 seconds into Wednesday's opener. The 6-foot-3, 196-pound left winger scored 22 goals and 44 points in 71 games as a teenage rookie last season and is poised to build on those numbers as a 20-year-old.
News: Anderson stopped 37 of 42 Toronto shots in a 5-3 loss to the Maple Leafs in Wednesday's season opener.
Impact: The 38-year-old Anderson turned in a scoreless first period but the Leafs broke the game open with four goals in the middle frame. Anderson logged a 3.51 GAA and .903 save percentage for a poor Senators squad in 2018-19 and things might not get much better for the veteran in 2019-20.
News: Brannstrom required a few stitches after taking Auston Matthews' skate to the face at the end of Wednesday's opener against the Sharks but will be fine, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: Although Brannstrom is still chasing his first career NHL point, he did manage four hits, a shot on goal and two blocked shots on Opening Night. The 2017 first-round pick tallied 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) over 41 games with AHL Chicago last season and another four assists in nine games with AHL Belleville after he was dealt to the Senators as part of the trade that sent Mark Stone back to the Golden Knights. The 20-year-old appears set for a regular role on the blue line and the power play this season for Ottawa.
News: As expected, Batherson has secured a spot on the Senators' 23-man roster.
Impact: Batherson is expected to be one of the lone bright spots for Ottawa this season. The 21-year-old American was highly productive in the AHL last season, racking up 22 goals and 62 points in 59 appearances, and is expected to fill a middle-six role while seeing time on the No. 1 power-play unit with the big club this campaign. The 2017 fourth-round pick is definitely worth a flier in redraft leagues and a must-own commodity in dynasty formats.
News: Anderson will patrol the paint during Wednesday's road matchup with Toronto.
Impact: Anderson understandably struggled on a talent-deprived Senators roster last season, compiling a 17-27-4 record while posting an ugly 3.51 GAA and .903 save percentage in 50 appearances. Things are unlikely to improve for the 38-year-old vet Wednesday, as he'll be stepping into a road matchup with a Maple Leafs team that averaged 3.56 goals per game at home last campaign, fifth in the NHL.
News: Brannstrom will start the year in Ottawa and has spent much of his time in practice on a pairing with veteran Ron Hainsey, the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: Brannstrom beginning the year in Ottawa and playing with Hainsey suggests that the Senators want to get him as much experience as possible this season. Ottawa is in no rush with him, so don't expect big numbers right away. He's best left on waivers at the moment unless you're playing in a dynasty format.
News: Coach D.J. Smith said Balcers (lower body) will be out for around a month, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Impact: Balcers will likely start the season on injured reserve until he's ready to play. The 22-year-old winger was impressive in his first stint with the big club last year, posting 14 points over 36 games in a bottom-six role. He has a good shot to stay with the big club once healthy.
News: Abramov (concussion) will play in Saturday's road preseason game versus the Canadiens, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Impact: Abramov is expected to spend the majority of the season in the minors, but he could start the season with the big club if its forward corps can't get healthy. The 21-year-old winger posted 29 points in 70 AHL games last year, so his ceiling appears to be a bottom-six role at the NHL level.
News: Boedker (hip) made his preseason debut Wednesday against Vancouver, logging three shots on goal in 10:10 of ice time.
Impact: Boedker had been sidelined with a hip-flexor injury for most of Ottawa's training camp prior to Wednesday's contest, so the Senators clearly decided to ease him in by limiting his ice time against the Canucks. The 29-year-old winger will skate in a middle-six role for Ottawa this season and should also see time on one of the team's power-play units.
News: Sabourin inked a one-year, two-way contract with Ottawa on Friday.
Impact: Sabourin spent the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Stockton, tallying eight points in 43 contests. The winger is far from a lock for the Opening Night lineup, but could make things difficult for the Senators coaching staff. Even if he does secure a spot on the 23-man roster, he'll likely still need to spend some time in the minors this season.
News: Nilsson will be between the pipes for Saturday's preseason tilt versus Montreal.
Impact: Nilsson's last preseason appearance was far from stellar, as he gave up six goals on 33 shots, registering an ugly .818 save percentage. While not an impressive performance, the netminder is unlikely to lose the backup job ahead of Wednesday's Opening Night clash with Toronto.
News: According to general manager Pierre Dorion, Balcers will be "out for some time" with a lower-body injury, Hailey Salvian of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Senators have yet to release a specific timetable for Balcers' recovery, but it sounds like he'll miss the first few games of the regular season at a minimum. The 22-year-old winger, who notched 14 points in 36 games with the big club last campaign, will likely slot into a bottom-six role once healthy.
News: Balcers will not return Wednesday after suffering a lower-body injury against the Canucks.
Impact: The injury occurred in the first period of Wednesday's preseason contest and will keep him out until at least the next game. Balcers is likely a longshot to crack the Senators' Opening Night roster, and an injury at this stage of the preseason will not help his chances. There figures to be an update on Balcers before the Sens' final preseason game Saturday.
News: Formenton was assigned to AHL Belleville on Sunday.
Impact: The Senators seem to be taking the approach of letting their young pieces learn slowly, and it seems Ottawa would rather let Formenton learn how to win in the AHL with the players who are most likely to be his linemates in a few years, rather than lose in the NHL with guys who aren't likely to be around when the Senators are ready to contend again. If he's available in your dynasty league, keep him stashed, as he'll likely be one of the first names called up if and when the Senators' season goes south.
News: Lajoie was assigned to AHL Belleville on Sunday.
Impact: Lajoie finished the season hitting a wall, and there's a real concern that Ottawa has lost confidence in him, given that he's now going to start the year in the AHL after opening last year with the parent club. It's likely safe to wait for him to show he can return to the form he showed in 2018 before using a roster spot on him.
News: Veronneau was sent to AHL Belleville on Sunday.
Impact: Given that Ottawa kept his minutes low last season, it's not a surprise that the Senators will have Veronneau get some experience at the AHL level before bringing him back up to the NHL. Ottawa's lack of expectations for this year mean he could find his way back up soon, but it's more likely that the Senators let him learn for as long as they can.
News: Anderson will guard the goal for the entirety of Wednesday's preseason matchup with Vancouver, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Impact: Wednesday's game is the Senators' penultimate preseason contest, so it will likely represent Anderson's final opportunity to tune up ahead of the regular season. The veteran netminder has been sharp thus far this preseason, owning a 2.25 GAA and .940 save percentage through two appearances.
News: Nilsson will guard the cage for Monday's preseason matchup with Vancouver.
Impact: Nilsson stopped all 13 shots he faced in the preseason opener versus Toronto, but hasn't been utilized in Ottawa's previous two contests. The netminder likely is heading into the 2019-20 campaign as the No. 2 option behind Craig Anderson, but could play his way into a goalie split if he can put together some strong performances.
News: Chabot (illness) will rejoin the lineup for Saturday's exhibition match against the Canadiens, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Chabot missed Wednesday's preseason game against Toronto due to an illness, but he was never expected to be sidelined for long. The 22-year-old blueliner, who recently agreed to terms on a massive eight-year contract extension with the Senators, will be looking to continue his growth as an offensive weapon in 2019-20 after setting career highs in goals (14) and assists (41) in 70 games last campaign.
News: Anderson will be in goal for Saturday's matchup with the Canadiens, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: Anderson stopped 20 of 21 shots versus the Maple Leafs on Wednesday -- a solid outing for the veteran netminder. The Illinois native will battle Anders Nilsson for playing time this season.
News: According to coach DJ Smith, Abramov is dealing with a concussion, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Impact: Abramov had an outside chance of securing a spot on the 23-man roster, but this concussion will likely guarantee that he starts the year in the minors. The Russian registered 16 goals and 13 helpers in the AHL last season and should be in contention for a call-up or two during the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Chabot (illness) agreed to terms on an eight-year, $64 million contract extension with Ottawa on Wednesday.
Impact: Chabot set career highs in goals (14), assists (41) and shots (185) last season in his breakout campaign. The 21-year-old figures to continue carrying the Senators' offense both at even strength and on the power play. The emergence of youngsters Brady Tkachuk and Colin White will only serve to bolster the Senators' attack and help Chabot improve upon his already phenomenal numbers.
News: Chabot won't play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Maple Leafs due to an illness.
Impact: It's unclear if Chabot could be able to play if this was a regular-season contest, but the team will take the cautious approach and keep him out of the lineup. In his stead, Hubert Labrie will get the call.
News: Anderson is expected to play the first two periods of Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Anderson struggled on a bottom-feeding Senators team last year, compiling a 17-27-4 record while posting a sub-par 3.51 GAA and .903 save percentage in 50 appearances. The 38-year-old may have trouble holding off Anders Nilsson for Ottawa's starting job in 2019-20, and the Senators are once again expected to finish the campaign near the bottom of the standings, so he should be viewed as a fringe fantasy option at best in most formats.
News: Nilsson will get the start in goal in Ottawa's preseason opener against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
Impact: Nilsson appeared in 36 games split between the Canucks and Senators last year, compiling a 14-19-1 record while posting a 2.97 GAA and .908 save percentage over that span. He'll be competing with Craig Anderson for the team's starting job during training camp, but even if he wins it, he'll be a fringe fantasy option in most formats, as the Senators are fully expected to be bottom feeders this campaign.
News: Boedker will miss the first few days of Ottawa's training camp due to a hip-flexor injury, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: Boedker's injury doesn't sound overly serious, but there's no reason for the veteran to exacerbate the issue by gutting it out during the Senators' first few training camp practices. The Danish winger will set his sights on recovering in time for Ottawa's preseason opener against Toronto on Tuesday.
News: Wolanin suffered a torn labrum that will keep him on the shelf for at least the next four months, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: At best, Wolanin could be available in mid-January, though working his way into the lineup after such a long layoff could be tough. The blueliner was poised to take the next step in his development this year and figured to play in more than the 30 games he logged last year. In those appearances, the Quebec City native notched 12 points, 36 shots and 31 blocks and very well could have topped each of those numbers this year. With Wolanin out of the mix, Erik Brannstrom and Christian Jaros will likely battle for the sixth spot on the blue line.
News: Wolanin was seen with a sling on his arm at practice and is confirmed out with a torn labrum, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: Wolanin was expected to compete for ice time this season with the rebuilding Senators, but that's not going to happen until at least January now. This injury means he can safely be ignored for the time being.
News: Lindberg inked a one-year contract with EV Zug of the NLA on Monday.
Impact: Lindberg drew into 55 NHL contests with the Golden Knights and Senators in 2018-19, notching nine goals and 20 points over that span. The 27-year-old likely could have secured a one-year deal with an NHL club for the 2019-20 campaign, but he probably would have had to settle for a bottom-six gig -- an option which evidently wasn't as attractive as the promise of a major role with a Swiss team.
News: White inked a six-year, $28.5 million contract with Ottawa on Wednesday.
Impact: After a breakout campaign in which he set career highs in games played (71), goals (14) and assists (27), White cashed in with a long-term contract. The center figures to continue anchoring the club's top line and No. 1 power-play unit, which should see him back over the 40-point mark for a second straight season in 2019-20.
News: The Lightning traded Callahan (back) and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Senators in exchange for Mike Condon and a 2020 sixth-round pick Tuesday.
Impact: This is nothing more than a salary dump for Tampa Bay. Callahan's playing career has almost certainly come to an end due to a degenerative disc disease of his lumbar spine, so the Senators will simply place him on long-term injured reserve once the regular season gets underway. The veteran forward still has one year remaining on his contract, so he likely won't officially announce his retirement until it expires.