With the trade deadline Monday, expect some key players to move within the next 24 hours, and with that means a few shifts in power. The Blue Jackets, now with Ryan Dzingel and Matt Duchene, look like playoff locks, and if they win the division it wouldn't be all that surprising. That also means the Senators have a lot of minutes to go around, and younger players may take priority. Here's a pre-trade deadline rundown of which teams will have to re-organize.
If we're operating under the assumption that Mark Stone is traded, the Sens basically have to replace an entire first line from within the organization. They won't be able to replace the quality, but someone has to take the minutes. On the power play, that will be Brady Tkachuk, Chris Tierney, Colin White and Mikkel Boedker, with rookies Logan Brown, Drake Batherson and maybe Filip Chlapik also coming into the picture. In Saturday's loss to the Jackets, all except Chlapik played more than three minutes in four power plays.
Excluding Stone, Tierney is now the team's highest-scoring forward with just six goals, having never led his team in scoring since minor midgets. That means Tkachuk presents the most upside, followed by White, a first-round pick who is now pencilled in as their No. 1 center next season. However, the most intriguing piece is Batherson, a possible gem the Sens unearthed in the fourth round who has scored 49 points in 41