If any one has an idea of how to rank the team (what parameters) then go ahead and suggest it. Otherwise, standalone comment on something you see as a difference from last year (good or bad) and maybe a grade.
Even though I predicted they would be second behind the Habs (and pushing for top spot if Price had any injuries) I would say that their current position (2nd in the Division, 4th in the league point-wise) is far ahead of expectations. A+
Powerplay is a huge disappointment, so far. It showed signs in the pre-season and early games, then dropped off the cliff for a dozen games or so. More recently they've actually started scoring a goal here and there but, overall, this has been very disappointing. D, but expecting this one to improve.
Penalty Kill is top-five in the league (was #3 a week ago). Much of it is Anderson (an no Hammond -- he was brutal short-handed) so I give them a B.
Structured defensive play -- other than the middle pairing, the Sens defensive-end play has been a significant improvement over the last season. B. Would have given them a B+ but they are still giving up too many shots on goal (9th worst in the league is better than last year, but still too high).
Offensive play -- not as potent as last year is putting it mildly. Third lowest goals per game. That's a C. Would have given them a D but they keep winning.
Individual performances, the good: Karlsson is not scoring like last year but he has fully embraced the new structured system and that is an A for me. He has shortened his shifts, leads the league in blocked shots, takes a regular shift on the PK and The Flow is back. Turris has been clutch. Stone missed most of camp and was slow getting going, but he appears to be back to the level he played at last year. Just one takeaway from the league lead, with 2 games in hand on the leader, Ondrej Palat. Anderson has been lights out. In light of what's happening with his wife, he is my nominee for the Masterson and the team MVP. Dzingle has slowed down his goal-scoring pace but he continues getting chances. Will he score 20? I still doubt it, but unlee Mac comes back or there is a trade, he is likely to stay in the top six and could definitely get 15+ goals.
Individual performances -- the bad: Hoffman, Smith, Pageau, Ceci, Wideman. While Lazar and Stone have excuses, these others do not. All have not produced at the level expected. Perhaps "bad" is not the best term, here, but these players need to get untracked. Puempel would have been in this list as well, but he got waived. I also have to consider putting Brassard here, as well. But he is adjusting to a new city, coach, team and I give him a slight pass.
Individual performances -- the ugly: Phaneuf, Ryan. Both have shown slight improvements of late. Both are here primarily because of the size of their paycheck but I stand by my assessment.
OK, your turn.