There was little doubt to me that the Ottawa Senators really missed one of their superstars during the regular season this year. Ottawa was without Jason Spezza for most of the regular season and only had him for three postseason games. He suffered a torn MCL during his rehab from back surgery, as well, which hampered his production. Spezza is scheduled to get the knee scoped this offseason and that procedure should allow the Senators to have their great center to be at full strength for next year.
He scored five points in the five regular season games he played and added an assist during the playoffs. Spezza has been the leader of this Ottawa team for a very long time after being the team’s first round pick in 2001. I really didn’t expect the Senators to be as good as they ended up being this season without him on the ice, but there were so many other people who stepped up that it didn’t make a bit of difference for the regular season.
I have to believe it was a factor in the playoffs even though the team did make it to the second round. If Spezza would have been healthy all the way through this year, who knows what would have happened and we could have been seeing them play for the Stanley Cup right now.
I would watch for the Senators next season if Spezza can be 100 percent by then. He is a player who has averaged over a point a game during his career and may go right back to those numbers as soon as he is fully healthy.