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After a long hiatus, “Senators by the Numbers” finally returns. I apologize for the lengthy delay – I’ve been on vacation and suffering lockout-related hockey apathy.
Today’s post looks at the #13. Despite its heavy rotation in the 1990s, it has been worn infrequently in the second decade of Ottawa’s existence.
Jamie Baker C 1992-1993
Born in Nepean, Baker was a stand-out college player with St. Lawrence University from 1985-1989. Baker was drafted 8th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1988 Supplemental Draft and played two seasons for Quebec before being signed by the Senators prior to the 1992-93 season. Baker spent just one season in Ottawa and signed with San Jose in September, 1993. Baker’s career highlight was scoring the series-winning goal for the underdog Sharks in game seven of the 1994 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Detroit Red Wings. Currently, Baker can be found working as a radio commentator for the San Jose Sharks.
Evgeny Davydov RW 1993-1994
Davydov’s second appearance in this series, Davydov wore #13 during his first season with the club and I have nothing else to say about him.
Ted Drury C 1995-1996
A Boston native, Drury was drafted 42nd overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. The older brother of former Rangers’ captain Chris Drury, Ted played his college hockey for Harvard University. Well-travelled in the NHL, Drury played for 6 teams, before finishing his career in the DEL with such clubs as the Hamburg Freezers, Kassel Huskies, and Krefled Pinguine.
Vaclav Prospal C 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001
Born in České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia in 1975, Prospal was drafted 71st overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1993. Currently a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Prospal has played for six other NHL teams over the course of his 15-year career. Vinny has twice worn #13 (Senators and Panthers), worn #20 twice (Lightning and Rangers), and has worn #40 with three different clubs (Mighty Ducks, Lightning and Flyers). In 2011-12, he played his 1,000th game in the NHL. Vaclav was part of the package Ottawa received in exchange the disappointing Alexandre Daigle.
Petr Schastlivy LW 2001-2002
Petr Schastlivy is one of the stars of "Senators by the Numbers". He barely played 100 games for the Senators over the course of five seasons and yet wore FOUR different numbers during his time in Ottawa. He could fill a bingo card with the sheer amount of numbers he collected during his time in the capital. While this is his first appearance in this series he actually wore #13 during his third season with the club but played only one game while wearing this number.
Peter Regin C 2010-2011, 2011-2012
It took almost a decade for the #13 to make its way back into rotation for Ottawa when Regin assumed the number in 2010. Born in Herning, Demark in 1986, Peter was drafted in the third round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. Growing-up in Denmark, a country without a rich hockey history, Regin idolized Wayne Gretzky and has since become the player young Danish players look to because of his role with the national team.
Best #13: Vaclav Prospal
While many of us are still holding out hope a healthy Regin can offer a positive contribution, so far his time wearing the #13 hasn’t been as promising as his brief stint wearing #43. In a thin field, that leaves Prospal. While his final season with Ottawa was somewhat disappointing, he did score over 20 goals and 50 points in 1999-2000 and was a solid contributor during his time in Ottawa.
Worst #13: Evgeny Davydov
Davydov wins the title for his general lack of impact and for making me write about him twice.
Ottawa's best #13 is
Jamie Baker (3 votes)
Ted Drury (0 votes)
Vaclav Prospal (62 votes)
Peter Regin (11 votes)
76 total votes