Apr 5, 2012; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza (19) skates with the puck on a breakaway in the third period against the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Place. The Bruins defeated the Senators, 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE

Scouting The Senators: Jason Spezza

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This was a really important year for Jason Spezza. This is the year I felt Spezza really broke out. I know he’s been a good player for a while but this year he’s done it all on his own. He used to play on a line with Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley, and put up big numbers with them, but was sort of a third wheel on that line. Let’s face it, you could put a lot of people on that line and they’d be successful.

This year though, Spezza showed me and I think most of the hockey world that he is that good and deserves what he earns. Granted, the last two years he fought injuries, but he wasn’t nearly as good then as he is this year. Spezza is shooting more which has always been a problem of his. I don’t know why he has had a problem shooting, but that problem looks to be solved. Some Rangers players can actually shoot the puck more too but that’s a post for another time.

Dan Girardi and Ryan Mcdonagh. Their only job this series should be to shut down Jason Spezza’s line if it’s the last thing they do. If they can do that it will force the Senators to use the depth that they don’t have. The Senators will have problems scoring if Spezza and his line mates do not produce. The Senators have relied on this line all year and if they don’t produce, the Senators could be making a first round exit.

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