Sens freshening up

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

A new NHL will also bring the Senators a plethora of fresh faces.

While many will be familiar with Dominik Hasek, Dany Heatley and new coach Bryan Murray, there will be some players Senators fans have yet to see in action.

Here's a look at the rookies who are pushing for a spot as training camp enters its late phases (final cuts set to take place before the season-opener Oct. 5 against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre).

LW Brandon Bochenski:

A seventh-round pick (223rd overall) in 2001 NHL draft, Bochenski has made an impression in the pre-season. A natural scorer, if he keeps putting the puck into the net, he'll start the season on one of the top lines, alongside Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley.

RW Brian McGrattan:

The leading penalty-minute recipient in the AHL last season with 551 minutes in Binghamton, McGrattan isn't going to be kept here to score goals. The Senators have to decide if he can play five minutes a night and provide the necessary toughness. Coach Bryan Murray is a big fan.

C Chris Kelly:

It's now or never for this Kelly, who has has been in the organization for five years. This will be his best opportunity to make the team. but if he can't crack the lineup, don't be surprised if he is either moved or left in Binghamton all season. If he can kill penalties, he'll be here. Kelly needs to take advantage of the hole in the lineup now that F Vaclav Varada is sidelined with a knee injury.

D Christoph Schubert:

Another guy who has to step up this season. If he's going to make the team, the Senators want him to be more physical. He was a longshot when he came into the organization, but has emerged as a frontrunner to be recalled if he doesn't make the team coming out of camp.

D Andrej Meszaros:

Trying to make the transition from junior hockey to the NHL can be tough, but this guy is capable. He's battling with Schubert for the final spot on the roster and has shown the ability to get the job done. The Senators would never want to rush a youngster, but this 19-year-old might be ready to take the next step.

G Ray Emery:

This one is a done deal. All that's to be decided here is how many games he's going to get a chance to play. He could be in the net for up to 30.


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