Within the comparatively brief historical past of the Ottawa Senators, they’ve had many moments for the historical past books. They rostered many nice groups, alongside many nice gamers. Regardless of having so many incredible gamers, solely two have eclipsed the 100-point plateau. One in every of these gamers is the best Senator ever, whereas the opposite is among the finest pure purpose scores to ever put on the uniform – who did it twice. Let’s revisit the 100-point seasons of Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley. However first, two gamers who got here near 100 factors however fell simply brief.
Honourable Point out: Alexei Yashin
For a number of years the Sens file for factors in a single season was Alexei Yashin’s 44-goal and 50-assist season in 1998-99. His file stood till the 2005-06 season. He was, at that time, probably one of the best participant to ever put on the Senators uniform. Even with an unpleasant departure from Ottawa in 2001, he nonetheless had the lion’s share of Senators’ glory. In 1998-99, the Senators started a dominant late ’90s to mid-2000s run. It is rather probably that he might have been the primary Sen to get 100 factors if the Sens had just a little extra expertise. On the time, the Senators have been a superb staff, however not but the offensive powerhouse that they turned identified for.
Yashin’s 94 factors have been first on the staff by an awesome 38 factors. Shawn McEachern’s 56 factors have been the closest, as Alfredsson appeared to have taken a step again. It’s hypothesis, but when the Senators had some extra offensive expertise that season, Yashin probably would have reached 100 factors.
Honourable Point out: Jason Spezza
Jason Spezza was an underrated cog within the Senators offensive machine for a few years. Through the 2005-06 marketing campaign, he had established himself as a primary centre, with a 90-point marketing campaign in solely 68 video games. If this was utilized over a full 82-game season, he was on tempo for a 108-point season. He upped the ante the next season.
Spezza as soon as once more completed on tempo for 100 factors, had he performed a full season. That season he had 87 factors in 67 video games; a 108 level tempo. Lastly, in 2007-08, he had a profession season with 34 objectives and 58 assists. As of the 2019-20 season, his 92 factors are the very best level complete from a Senator because the 2006-07 season. Had he been capable of keep away from the harm bug, it is extremely potential that he might have damaged the 100-point barrier a number of occasions.
Daniel Alfredsson got here into the Sens group beneath the radar. After beginning his junior profession with Vastra Frolunda HC within the Swedish Hockey League, the Senators drafted him within the sixth spherical because the 133rd choose in 1994. He stays the highest scorer of the 1994 Draft. When he made his debut for Ottawa within the 1995-96 season, he arrived out of nowhere.
Alfredsson was a superb participant his whole profession, averaging 74 factors a season for his first 9 seasons. It was within the 2005-06 season the place he made his star presence identified. As a member of the “Pizza Line,” he set a career-high in objectives, assists and factors. He began the season on an absolute tear. On the finish of November, he was averaging almost two factors a recreation with 40 in 22 video games. This additionally included an unimaginable four-goal, six-point recreation in opposition to the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 2.
On the Olympic break, Alfredson was at an unimaginable tempo with 73 factors in 52 video games. When the season started once more, he did return to his regular scoring tempo with 30 factors in 25 video games. Alfredsson achieved his one centesimal level with an help throughout his 76th recreation of the season, a loss to the Maple Leafs on April 13. He’s really one of the oldest to ever rating 100 in a season.
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Alfredsson really solely performed in 77 video games that season, so he very properly might have had extra. If he had continued his tempo of 1.33 factors per recreation, he would have had 109 factors. If not for an additional Senator conserving tempo with him that season, he might have a staff file. He completed the 2005-06 season with 43 objectives and 60 assists. His 103 factors tied a Senators’ file that was established with Dany Heatley in the identical season.
When the 2005-06 season rolled round in Ottawa, the Senators had spent the 2000s dominating the common season. After the Sens suffered one other playoff loss the prior 12 months, adjustments wanted to be made. Dany Heatley arrived in Ottawa by way of a commerce with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2005 and he was already fairly the scorer. His time in Atlanta was superb, regardless of coming to an unlucky finish. In leaving the Thrashers, he established himself as one of many best scorers in franchise historical past.
Heatley, like Alfredsson, began on hearth. To start the season, he had a 22-game level streak. Over these 22 video games, he had 38 factors, together with 17 objectives with a four-goal efficiency in opposition to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 29. Over the following 60 video games, his tempo slowed to simply over a degree per recreation. That being stated, he reached 100 factors on April 13 in an OT loss to the Florida Panthers. In a dramatic closing recreation of the season, he reached his fiftieth purpose in a win over the New York Rangers.
“Among the best offers I used to be ever related to.”
Ottawa’s then-general supervisor John Muckler on the Dany Heatley commerce
From “RESPECT AT LONG LAST,” Mclean’s Journal, 06/04/2007
To at the present time, Heatley is the one Senator to attain 50 objectives in a single season. In his first season with the Sens, he completed with 50 objectives and 53 assists. This tied the Senators franchise file for factors with Alfredsson, who as beforehand talked about reached the identical level complete.
Heatley Reaches 100 Once more
After an amazing common season however a disappointing playoff marketing campaign, Heatley was primed for one more superb efficiency. The Sens had a variety of expectations connected to them for the 2006-07 season, and he didn’t disappoint. In contrast to the earlier season, he didn’t begin the season on hearth. Averaging simply over a degree per recreation over the primary two months of the season, and never scoring till the sixth recreation of the season.
Heatley really caught hearth as soon as the season was in full swing. From Nov. 24 till the top of the season, he averaged 1.35 factors per recreation, and as soon as once more scored 50 objectives, main the staff to the Stanley Cup Closing.
Heatley completed the season with 50 objectives and 55 assists for 105 factors. This set a brand new Senators file that as of the 2019-20 season has but to been surpassed. Ever since then, the 50-in-07 moniker has caught. With the back-to-back 50-goal seasons, and breaking the file set by he and Alfredsson the earlier season, he went down in franchise historical past as arguably the best purpose scorer the staff ever had.
A Lasting Affect on Sens Historical past
After we look again on the one two 100-point scorers for the Senators, we see that over the better a part of the final decade, the Sens have lacked real star energy up entrance. With all due respect to gamers like Mark Stone, Bobby Ryan and Mike Hoffman, they weren’t bonafide stars. With the departure of Spezza in 2014, the final remnants of the previous stars in Ottawa have been gone.
Erik Karlsson was a star with out query, however not as a purpose scorer. The Sens haven’t had a 100-point scorer since Heatley in 2007, and solely Spezza has come shut. Even when the Sens made it to the Jap Convention Closing in 2017, they lacked a star exterior of Karlsson.
Maybe with the upcoming wave of Senators prospects, and the potential to draft two franchise gamers within the 2020 Draft, this will likely change for the higher.
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My identify is Ben Fraser, i’ve been concerned with hockey since I used to be eleven years previous. I’m presently pursuing a journalism diploma at Concordia College in Montreal, Quebec, whereas dwelling in Ottawa, Ontario throughout my time without work. I’ve been enjoying hockey since I used to be eleven, and writing since I used to be fourteen.