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After wrapping up our group of forwards on Friday, it is time to look at the back end. Many great defencemen have played for the Ottawa Senators over the years, today we look at the ones who played predominantly on the right side.
We will save the huge left defence debate for tomorrow, today I present a couple options for best right defenceman, starting with one that is currently dear to our hearts.
Erik Karlsson: Karlsson was drafted in that great '08 defense draft, and he has been the crown jewel of the new generation of Senators ever since. Winner of the team's only Norris trophy, in just his third year in the league he posted a team record for points as a blueliner with 78. He is one of the quickest players in the league and brings a dynamic to the team that it has never had. Fun fact: in 83 less games played than Zdeno Chara had with the team, Karlsson already has more points as a Senator.
Anton Volchenkov: A player with quite the cult following among Senators fans, especially amongst this community, Anton got black and blue for the Senators in each of the 428 games he played for the club. Sure, he only scored 16 goals in all of those games, but that was never the measure of worth for Anton. He
fought bears with his bare hands blocked hundreds of shots and formed half of Ottawa's great shut down pair with Chris Phillips. I have a feeling A-Train will have a few votes today.
Steve Duchesne: I cannot be sure he played the right side (I was a little young to pay attention to details like that) but I've put him here because he scored "the goal" from the right side, so I figure he was just pinching down. Duchesne only played 140 games with the Senators, but it didn't stop me from being extremely upset the day he left town. 83 points in that time span, including 19 goals in one season. But he will get votes for one thing and one thing only. The goal.
- As our Peter let you all know this morning, Peter Regin is reportedly on his way back to Denmark to play out the rest of the lockout. Here is hoping he gets back into game shape and gets some confidence back. [SSS]
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Huge SpecimenHugh Jessiman. [Warren]
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Who is the best D-man to ever play the right side in Ottawa?
Erik Karlsson (150 votes)
Anton Volchenkov (28 votes)
Steve Duchesne (5 votes)
183 total votes