The Ottawa youth movement is underway.

Filip Chlapik

Senators fans can expect a younger roster with many new names on opening night. Names could include 2018 4th overall pick Brady Tkachuk (cover photo), Colin WhiteAlex FormentonChristian Jaros, and Maxime Lajoie.

The Senators hold a 1-4-0 record in their pre-season with one games remaining against the Montreal Canadiens this Saturday. The Senators open their season on October 4 at the Canadian Tire Centre versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

Surprising

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, Ottawa waived 10-year veteran Zack Smith. The 30-year-old winger scored five goals and added 14 assists last year and is signed through 2020-21. He carries a $3.25 million cap hit, which is the seventh-highest among Ottawa forwards.

The Senator’s also assigned Logan Brown to Belleville, Ottawa’s American Hockey League affiliate. Brown, a former 2016 first-round pick, had a chance to make the club’s opening night roster this year. Instead, he will battle for a position on Belleville.

Breaking Bad

This year’s training camp was a make-or-break year for Nick Paul in Ottawa, and for Paul, it’s breaking bad. A core piece in the return of the Jason Spezza trade to Dallas, Paul is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1, 2019. He may be pushed out by younger prospects. Unless Paul has a breakout season in Belleville, his time in a Senators uniform may be over.

2018-19 Pre-Season Roster Update

The following is an updated roster from the Ottawa Senator’s training camp as of Tuesday, Sept. 25. Their original training camp roster can be found on the team’s website. The Senator’s most recent roster moves are found here and on the team’s Twitter account.

Forwards

Name 2017-18 Team (League) Current Status Prediction
Balcers, Rudolfs San Jose (AHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL)
Balisy, Chase Springfield (AHL), Florida (NHL) Cleared waivers. Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Batherson, Drake Cape Breton (QMJHL), Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL)
Boedker, Mikkel San Jose (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Brown, Logan Windsor (OHL), Kitchener (OHL), Ottawa (NHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL)
Carey, Paul N.Y. Rangers (NHL) Cleared waivers. Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL)
Chlapik, Filip Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Ottawa (NHL)
Duchene, Matt Colorado (NHL), Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Dzingel, Ryan Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Formenton, Alex London (OHL), Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL)
Gaborik, Marian Los Angeles (NHL), Ottawa (NHL) Injured Ottawa (NHL)
Gagne, Gabriel Belleville (AHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Kelly, Parker Prince Albert (WHL), Belleville (AHL) Assigned to Prince Albert (WHL) Prince Albert (WHL), Belleville (AHL)
Labate, Joe Utica (AHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Leier, Boston Acadia (AUS), Belleville (AHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Luchuk, Aaron Windsor (OHL), Barrie (OHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
MacLeod, Gregor Charlottetown (QMJHL), Quebec (QMJHL) Assigned to Quebec (QMJHL) Quebec (QMJHL)
McCormick, Max Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL)
O’Brien, Jim Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Cleared waivers. Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL)
Paajarvi, Magnus St. Louis (NHL), Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Pageau, Jean-Gabriel Ottawa (NHL) Injured Ottawa (NHL)
Paul, Nick Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Cleared waivers. Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Perron, Francis Belleville (AHL) Traded San Jose (AHL)
Pyatt, Tom Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Rodewald, Jack Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Ryan, Bobby Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Scarfo, Ryan Union (ECAC), Belleville (AHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Sexton, Ben Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Cleared waivers. Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Skille, Jack Dynamo Minsk (KHL) Released from PTO N/A
Smith, Zack Ottawa (NHL) Cleared waivers. Returned to Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Stone, Mark Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Sturtz, Andrew Penn State (Big 10), Belleville (AHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Tambellini, Adam Hartford (AHL) Cleared waivers. Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Tierney, Chris San Jose (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Tkachuk, Brady Boston University (H-East) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
White, Colin Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL)

Defense

Name 2017-18 Team (League) Current Status Prediction
Aspirot, Jonathan Moncton (QMJHL) Assigned to Moncton (QMJHL) Moncton (QMJHL)
Bergman, Julius San Jose (AHL) Cleared waivers. Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Borowiecki, Mark Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Burgdoerfer, Erik Belleville (AHL) Cleared waivers. Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Ceci, Cody Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Chabot, Thomas Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
DeMelo, Dylan San Jose (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Englund, Andreas Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL)
Erkamps, Macoy Brampton (ECHL), Belleville (AHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Harpur, Ben Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Jaros, Christian Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL)
Karlsson, Erik Ottawa (NHL) Traded San Jose (NHL)
Lajoie, Maxime Brampton (ECHL), Belleville (AHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Belleville (AHL)
Percy, Stuart Rochester (AHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Sieloff, Patrick Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Cleared waivers. Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL)
Wideman, Chris Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Wolanin, Christian North Dakota (NCHC), Ottawa (NHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL)

Goaltenders

Name 2017-18 Team (League) Current Status Prediction
Anderson, Craig Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Condon, Mike Ottawa (NHL) Ottawa (NHL) Camp Ottawa (NHL)
Gustavsson, Filip Luleå – Swe-Jr., Luleå(SHL), Belleville (AHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (NHL)
Hogberg, Marcus Brampton (ECHL), Belleville (AHL) Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (NHL)
Hollett, Jordan Medicine Hat (WHL) Assigned to Medicine Hat (WHL) Medicine Hat (WHL)
Mandolese, Kevin Cape Breton (QMJHL) Assigned to Cape Breton (QMJHL) Cape Breton (QMJHL)
McKenna, Mike Texas (AHL), Dallas (NHL) Cleared waivers. Assigned to Belleville (AHL) Belleville (AHL), Ottawa (NHL)

Acronyms:

AHL: American Hockey League
AUS: Atlantic University Sport
Big 10: The Big Ten Conference
ECAC: Eastern College Athletic Conference
ECHL: East Coast Hockey League
H-East: Hockey East, National Collegiate Athletic Association
KHL: Kontinental Hockey League
NCAA: National Collegiate Athletic Association
NHL: National Hockey League
OHL: Ontario Hockey League
PTO: Professional Try-Out
QMJHL: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
SHL: Swedish Hockey League
WHL: Western Hockey League

Billy Morrison covers the Ottawa Senators and the NHL’s Atlantic Division for Full Press Coverage. Follow Billy on Twitter @BillyMorrison01.

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