Stepping away from the Senators' negative cash flow, let's focus on an area where most people feel the Senators have built up some currency - the prospect pool.
In his yearly organizational rankings, Hockey Prospectus' Corey Pronman finally published his assessment of the top ten Ottawa Senators' prospects.
Thanks to the graduation of Mika Zibanejad, Cowen and Patrick Wiercioch and the loss of prospects Stefan Noesen and Jakob Silfverberg to Anaheim (via the trade for Bobby Ryan), the Senators fell in Pronman's organizational rankings from 5th to 18th.
Pronman had Zibanejad and Silfverberg as the organization's first and third-best prospects last season, so this slide in the rankings is easily explained.
With Mika Zibanejad and Patrick Wiercioch graduating, and Ottawa trading Jakob Silfverberg and Stefan Noesen, the Sens' prospect outlook is quite different from a year ago. They do not have a dominant top prospect (outside of Lehner, who is discounted for positio...