NHL Rumors: 2 Ottawa Senators in Tough to Make 2022-23 Roster

The Ottawa Senators won the NHL's offseason as general manager Pierre Dorion wasn't shy, pulling off a series of bold moves to improve his hockey team. Good news for all the other teams, the games aren't won on paper, so we'll see if the Sens can gel during training camp and find the chemistry needed to be successful in 2022-23. Here's a couple of players who will be hard pressed to make the team out of training camp:

Mads Sogaard

21-year-old Mads Sogaard will be battling it out for the backup goaltending position behind Cam Talbot and is hopeful some experience from last season will help boost his confidence in 2022-23. The 6-foot-8 Danish netminder appeared in two games for the Senators down the stretch last season, and while the numbers don't jump off the page, the small taste will go a long way. The former second-round pick has the potential to be the goalie of the future, we'll see if his NHL journey continues this season.

Erik Brannstrom

While it's likely Erik Brannstrom makes the roster in some capacity out of training camp, it's likely coming down to either him or Jake Sanderson for the final lineup spot for opening night. Brannstrom was part of the return from the Vegas Golden Knights in the Mark Stone trade and the 23-year-old former first-round pick has had trouble finding his legs with the Sens. 
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Last season Brannstrom split between Ottawa and the team's AHL affiliate. In order to stick in the lineup he'll have to shore up his positioning as his offensive skills have never been questioned. We'll see if Brannstrom has bulked up at all as the team was looking for him to get stronger and harder to play against this season.

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