As the off season story continues to unfold, and questions such as whether or not Daniel Alfredsson will return or retire are answered, questions surrounding next seasons roster line up begin to arise.

Will promising rookies such as Mika Zibanejad and Jakob Silfverberg crack the top six?

Will Peter Reginís shoulder be healthy?

Who will be Erik Karlssonís new defensive partner replacing Filip Kuba?

It is impressive how drastically the expectations have changed for the Sens from just a year ago.

Heading into the previous season after just having crapped out on the entry draft lottery, the Senators were looking bound for another appearance in this summerís draft lottery with a shot at first overall. It was to be the ďFail for NailĒ season, or so many experts thought. Instead, the Sens made a return to the post season on the strength of their talented youth. Players such as Erik Karlsson, Colin Greening, Jared Cowen, and Kyle Turris would all be important contributors to name a few. Several of the Sens veteran players also played key roles and enjoyed bounce back seasons such as Jason Spezza, Sergei Gonchar, and Milan Michalek.

Now heading into the 2012/2013 season (assuming there is one), to not make the playoffs will be viewed a failure. The Sens have parted ways with Filip Kuba, Matt Carkner, Nick Foligno, Zenon Konopka, Bobby Butler, and Matt Gilroy this summer and have only added Guillaume Latendresse, Marc Methot, and Mike Lundin. That is six out and three in. The remaining three spots must be filled from within barring any other late off season additions.