GARRIOCH: Ottawa Senators set roster with plenty of new faces with season to open Friday

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After finishing at No. 30 last season, the Senators want to start showing progress.

“We definitely want to take a step forward,” alternate captain Thomas Chabot said. “The last three years I’ve been here we haven’t had a great season. We’ve added a lot of pieces, whether it’s younger guys or older guys, we added some pieces that are going to help us. We want to build that together.

“This season’s definitely going to be different playing against the same team a lot but if we come out the way we want to play by being in the other team’s face, not giving them a lot of time and using our speed, we’ll definitely have some success. We’re looking forward to it. We’re really confident on what we’ve got in this locker room and we want to start the season the right way.”

If that’s to happen, the club has to improve defensively. The Senators are hopeful the addition of forward Austin Watson along with defencemen Josh Brown and Erik Gudbranson will make them tougher to play against. The club wants its opponents to have to pay a price to get to the net.

That will be paramount with the club facing the likes of Toronto’s Auston Matthews, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson, Calgary’s Sean Monahan and Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele on a nightly basis.

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