Anthony Duclair a.k.a The Duke had the fifth fewest minutes among forwards in the Bummer in Boston and yet he led the team in individual expected goals . He looked great on the ice with Brady Tkachuk, despite both playing as natural left-wingers. His speed and soft hands paired with Brady’s relentless forechecking and fearlessness in the crease made their line Ottawa’s most dangerous regardless of who centred them. take a look at Duclair’s goal from Saturday night.
Connor buried Ottawa’s only other goal on Saturday night and stayed at 50% or higher in Corsi-for, Fenwick-for, and expected goals-for when on the ice at 5v5 against a very talented Boston team. For my money, Brown has exceeded all expectations since coming to Ottawa this season. Along with Tkachuk and Duclair, Brown represents the extent of Ottawa’s finishers. The Senators will struggle to score a lot of goals this season, and the goals they do score will likely come from one of those three. Brown also puts up respectable shot metrics on most nights while the team flounders around him.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Although I didn’t find very much solace in the Senators shipping off all of their star players, I do enjoy watching Pageau in a leadership capacity. On so many other rosters in the NHL, and even on previous iterations of the Senators, Pageau would have the role of third-line centre on a good night. Saturday night’s game reminded me of the qualities that make Pageau so special. He lines up against the opposition’s best and he thrives at 5v5 and on the penalty kill. Pageau had the highest expected goals-for percentage at 5v5 among Ottawa forwards.
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