Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 10/17/14

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 18: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 18, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
It’s been a tumultuous year for the Ottawa Senators. After a 2012-13 campaign that saw them somehow make the playoffs despite a ridiculous amount of injuries to just about everyone on their roster, they upset the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs and even after their elimination to the Pittsburgh Penguins, seemed like a team set for big things in 2013-14 with a healthy roster and momentum on their side. And then it all just kind of fell apart. A poor start and scoring issues led to the Sens missing the playoffs, amassing just 88 points and missing out on the last wild card spot by five points. Then, in the offseason, captain and star center Jason Spezza requested a trade and was subsequently shipped off to the Dallas Stars. Now, the Sens are left with several questions, least of all being “who should be the next captain of the Ottawa Senators?” It seems pretty obvious at this point that the answer is none other than the team’s best player, Erik Karlsson. Karlsson, hands down the game’s best offensive defenseman, dazzled again last year. He led the team in assists (54) and points (74), leading NHL defensemen in the latter and finished 
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