The Senators' big producers started the pre-season with a bang as did one of their big prospects.
New sniper Bobby Ryan Milan Michalek and 6-foot-5 235-pound rookie Buddy Robinson scored the Ottawa goals in a 3-1 win over the Jets at a jam-packed but mostly quiet MTS Centre Sunday night.
Erik Karlsson showed Norris Trophy form and added two assists while Michalek also had a helper.
Robin Lehner was quite sharp in stopping 17 of 18 shots before being replaced by rookie Andrew Hammond to start the third.
Big Dustin Byfuglien wasn’t in the lineup but the Jets did have plenty of star power in Tobias Enstrom Andrew Ladd Bryan Little Blake Wheeler and new addition Michael Frolick.
Ottawa used 10 players from last year’s team and of course Ryan.
Coach Paul MacLean wanted to give his new No. 1 line a chance to develop some early chemistry and Ryan Jason Spezza and Michalek did some of that owning the puck for much of the early going.
Ryan’s first in a Senators jersey in the opening m...