Ottawa Senators center Colin White will miss four to six months of NHL action. His shoulder dislocation will require surgery and cause him to be out for that long.
Colin White out four to six months with dislocation in shoulder. Will require surgery. #Sens
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) October 7, 2021
Colin White To Miss Four To Six Months
White was a solid depth center option for the Senators. While he didn’t score the most goals in the world, he was a positive force on the ice. In 45 games last season, he scored 10 goals and dished out eight assists to combine for 18 points. His advanced numbers were good as well. With a 54.7% Corsi For and an 8.4 relative Corsi, the Senators controlled the puck more when White was on the ice. In his five-year NHL career, spent all in Ottawa, White has played a clean 200 games, scored 33 goals and put up 55 assists for 88 points.
What This Means Moving Forward
With Colin White out for a significant portion of the season, the Senators will have to turn to their depth charts. White played consistent third-line minutes for the team, and with him out of the picture, Nick Paul will likely take his spot. This means that Tyler Ennis will slide over to the wing position. Speaking of Ennis, he signed a one-year deal worth $900,000 with the Senators earlier this morning.
The Senators are pretty weak down the middle. Chris Tierney and Drake Batherson are natural centers, but neither of them are capable of carrying a line by themselves. Joshua Norris only has two years of NHL experience under his belt, so he’s not a great option either. If Ottawa wants to get their offence rolling, their wingers are going to have to do a lot of the heavy lifting. With one of their key centers out of commission, they’ll need all the help they can get putting the puck in the back of the net.
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