The UltimateTeam What if there was a single management tactic that

, when applied, could create the ultimate NHL team? What if I said that I know what it is https://www.ottawafansstore.com/Nick_Paul_T_shirt-5, and the Sens are already using it?There's been a trend emerging from the Senators front office that they believe will create the ultimate team. And that tactic is...Localism!Ah, localism.The Sens seem to be all over the local players. They've already drafted players like Cody Ceci, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Mark Borowiecki, and acquired players like Marc Methot, Derick Brassard, Eric O'Dell, and so on and so forth. For whatever reason, whether it be extra motivation, a potential hometown discount, or proximity to family, that's the way they like to operate.After doing some research, the results aren't surprising, but still astounding.The Sens had the most local players on their team last year (minimum 20 GP), beating out teams with more NHL players from their city like Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Toronto (who had more than TRIPLE). They also rank first in percentage of players from their city on their team, with 50%. That's right, one of every two Ottawans in the NHL played for the Senators last year.If the Sens like their locals so much, why not take it to the extreme, and create the ultimate local team!Criteria1) The player's birth city must be within a two hour driving range of Ottawa, not including traffic (according to Google Maps).2) The player's birth city must be closer in driving range to Ottawa than to any other city with an NHL franchise (Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo).3) The player must have played in either the NHL, AHL or ECHL last season, OR was drafted in 2013 or later.The RosterForwardsDerick Brassard - Hull, QCThe most recently acquired Senator from Hull had more points last year than any other player on this team. Normally a 2C, but gets first line duties here.Paul Byron - Ottawa, ONPlayed for the Memorial Cup with the Gatineau Olympiques. Solid third liner.Kyle Flanagan - Canton, NYAlready a part of the Senators' organization, playing consistent hockey down in Binghamton. One of two Americans to make the cut.Jay McClement - Kingston, ONThe veteran of 13 seasons should provide some much-needed experience and depth. Has a gold medal with Canada at the World Championships in 2007.Jack Nevins - Stittsville, ONHad four points in 59 GP in the AHL last season, but that's not why he made the team. Fought nine times in 56 games last year.Eric O'Dell - Ottawa, ONPicked up as a free agent last season for Binghamton, only to be flipped in a minor league blockbuster. He's currently still an unrestricted free agent, making for an easy re-acquisition.David Pacan - Ottawa, ON0.79 P/GP in the ECHL, 0.15 in the AHL. 13th forward.Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Ottawa, ONWatch out, Montreal Olle Alsing T-Shirt. JGP is here.Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau - Hull, QCHaving played for Montreal and Toronto over the last two seasons, it's only fitting that he completes his journey through eastern Canada. Still playing productive hockey at 33.Matthew Peca - Petawawa, ONPut up good numbers in the AHL last season as a 22-year-old https://www.ottawafansstore.com/Brady_Tkachuk_Pillow_Cover-106. The former 7th round pick is ready to make the jump to the NHL.Benoit Pouliot - Alfred, ONHas only played more than 60 games in a season once since 2012, but is still putting up productive numbers. Fun fact, Pouliot used to consistently tally over 100 penalty minutes in junior, being penalized with 141 minutes in 2005-06.Eric Selleck - Spencerville, ONAnother tough guy, but can (kinda) score too (in the AHL). Played a single game for Arizona last season, with five penalty minutes.Ryan Spooner - Ottawa, ONAt the prime age of 24, Ryan Spooner has cemented himself in the league as a solid top-6 playmaking centre. Scored 97 points in 53 games back in 2007-08 with the Ottawa Senators Minor Midget AAA. DefensemenZach Bogosian - Massena, NYThe other American to make the team, Bogosian would provide a good combination of skill and grit to the top-4. He's also tied for the highest drafted player on the team (3rd overall).Cody Ceci - Ottawa, ONOttawa's prized possession is as local as it gets. Drafted 16th overall by the Ottawa 67s, drafted 15th overall by the Ottawa Senators. Hasn't played more than 30 games on a non-Ottawa team since his days in AAA.Calvin de Haan - Carp, ONDe Haan seems to have found his stride in Brooklyn, now playing over 20 minutes per game. Solid addition to any bottom four.Eric Gelinas - Vanier, ONHe's big, he can hit, and he's not that bad a player either. He's lost the offensive flair he had in his rookie season (7-22-29 in 60 GP), but he's still a solid guy for a bottom pairing https://www.ottawafansstore.com/Connor_Brown_Hoodie-64.Erik Gudbranson - Ottawa, ONHe doesn't put up the point totals, but he'll have to put up with Jim Benning. Drafted 3rd overall in 2010, he's also represented Canada at numerous international events.Ben Hutton - Brockville, ONHutton finished 3rd in scoring amongst rookie defensemen last year, and will look to improve upon that next season.Marc Methot - Ottawa, ONHow many current Senators are we up to now, five? Methot didn't have so great a year in 2015-16, but can still slot into most teams' top-4.GoaliesJared Coreau - Perth, ONAt 24 years of age, Coreau still has plenty of time to develop. He can handle a heavy workload, playing in 47 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins last season.Mike Smith - Kingston, ONHe may be older, but he's got plenty of experience. Although he hasn't posted a GAA below since 2011-12, Smith was an NHL starting goalie up until mid-last season.LineupPouliot-Brassard-ParenteauPeca-Spooner-PageauFlanagan-Byron-O'DellNevins-McClement-SelleckPacanMethot-BogosianHutton-Gudbransonde Haan-CeciGelinas SmithCoreauAt first glance, the strengths and weaknesses are quite obvious.The forward corps doesn't have any game-breakers, and also lacks depth. Plenty of AHLers having to fill in the missing holes.The defence is similar to the forwards, in that they don't have a game-breaker. However, they have plenty of depth, with middle-pairing players like Calvin de Haan and Cody Ceci playing on the third line.Goaltending is also an issue. Hang in there, Mike!ProspectsForwardsNicholas Baptiste - Ottawa, ON (69th overall, 2013)William Bitten - Gloucester, ON (70th overall, 2016)Eric Cornel - Kemptville, ON (44th overall, 2014)Vincent Dunn - Hull, QC (138th overall, 2013)Jordan Greenway - Canton, NY (50th overall, 2015)Zach Senyshyn - Ottawa, ON (15th overall, 2015)DefensemenRiley Bruce - Carp, ON (196th overall, 2015)James Greenway - Potsdam, NY (72nd overall, 2016)Scott Harrington - Kingston, ON (54th overall, 2011)Slater Koekkoek - North Dundas, ON (10th overall, 2012)Zach Leslie - Ottawa Olle Alsing Hoodie, ON (178th overall, 2013)Clark Seymour - Brockville, ON (143rd overall, 2012)(No goalie prospects)And for the players that didn't make the cut...Forwards: Corey Cowick (Gloucester, ON), Matt Hatch (Massena, NY), Mike McMurtry (Greely, ON), Wade Megan (Canton, NY), Mark Miller (Massena, NY), Kevin Morris (Massena, NY), Ben Sexton (Ottawa, ON)Defensemen: Victor Bartley (Ottawa, ON), Andre Benoit (St. Albert, ON), Mike Bergin (Ottawa, ON), Tim Billingsley (Ottawa, ON), Mark Borowiecki (Ottawa, ON), Dan Boyle (Ottawa, ON), Mark Fraser (Ottawa, ON), Danny Hobbs (Ottawa, ON), Conor Riley (Massena, NY)Goalies: Mavric Parks (Eganville https://www.ottawafansstore.com/Filip_Gustavsson_Hoodie-76, ON), Clarke Saunders (Brockville, ON), Joe Spadaccini (Canton, NY)What do you think? Will all the local motivation be enough to grind this team to the Stanley Cup? Is there anyone I missed? Leave a reply in the comments.Thanks for reading!

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