ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 27: Marek Svatos #10 of the Ottawa Senators skates away from the crease following his goal at 5:51 of the first period against Chris Mason #50 of the Atlanta Thrashers at the Philips Arena on March 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Senators by the Numbers is back with a focus on #10. While no player currently wears the number for the Sens, it has been worn by 9 players over the years. The list contains a few trade deadline failures and one player dear to the heart of a certain Silver Seven member.
Darcy Loewen LW 1992-1993, 1993-1994
Drafted in the 3rd round, 55th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Loewen played 12 games for the Sabres over the course of 3 seasons before joining the Senators during their inaugural year. Claimed during the Expansion Draft from Buffalo, Loewen's second season with Ottawa was his last. Playing out his career in the minors and in Britain, including playing for the Nottingham Panthers, he officially retired in 2000 and now works as a firefighter in Las Vegas.
Rob Gaudreau C 1994-1995, 1995-1996
The Lincoln, Rhode Island native was drafted 172nd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft but never played a game for the Pens. Instead, Gaudreau's rights were traded to Minnesota and he was subsequently claimed by San Jose in the Dispersal Draft in May of 1991. A college star with Providence, he scored 23 goals in 59 games in his rookie season in San Jose and scored the first 2 hat-tricks in Sharks history. After two years in California, he was claimed off waivers by Ottawa in January, 1995. After his time in Ottawa, Gaudreau played just one more season, in Switzerland for HC La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Andreas Dackell RW 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001
The Swedish forward was drafted in the 6th round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Senators. A defensive-minded forward who could also contribute offensively for the Sens (he reached 15 goals twice with the Sens and once hit the 50 point mark), Dackell was traded to the Montreal Canadiens at the 2001 Entry Draft. After 3 seasons in Montreal, Dackell spent the final 7 seasons of his career playing for Brynas in Sweden, retiring after the 2010-11 season.
Toni Dahlman RW 2001-2002, 2002-2003
A native of Helsinki, Finland, Dahlman was drafted by the Sens 286th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Dahlman played just 22 games in his NHL career, before returning to Europe to play in several leagues, including for Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg in the DEL.
Peter Bondra LW 2003-2004
Drafted 156th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Bondra was a prolific scorer for the Washington Capitals during the 1990s, retiring with over 500 goals. 2003-04 was a down year for the Capitals, and Bondra was traded to the Sens on February 18, 2004 for prospect Brooks Laich and a 2nd round pick. Despite twice leading the league in scoring, Bondra was unable to help the Sens in the playoffs, putting up zero points in a first round loss to Toronto.
Brandon Bochenski RW 2005-2006
Drafted 223rd overall by Ottawa in the 2001 draft, Bochenski became a college standout with the University of North Dakota, leading his team in goals and points in each of his final two seasons. Bochenski continued his high-scoring ways when he joined Binghamton, recording 70 points in his first season. The following year, Bochenski chipped in with 46 points in only 33 games. Despite recording his first career hat trick against the Florida Panthers in December, 2005, Bochenski could not cement his place in the Senators line-up. He was traded with a 2nd round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for Tyler Arnason on March 9, 2006. Bochenski would be traded 3 more times in his NHL career, most notably for Kris Versteeg and futures in February 2007. Since 2010, Brandon can be found plying his trade for Barys Astana. In 2 seasons in the KHL, Bochenski has scored 49 goals, 54 assists, and 103 points in 89 games.
Tyler Arnason C 2005-2006
Drafted 183rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1998 draft, Tyler is the son of former NHLer Chuck Arnason. Arnason's rookie season in 2002-03 was a promising one in which he played in the NHL Youngstars Game and was a member of the All-Rookie team. However, his time in Ottawa was much less successful, and after a disappointing end to the regular season, he was a healthy scratch during the playoffs. Since his last NHL season in 2008-09, Arnason has bounced back and forth in several short stints from Europe to the minors.
Shean Donovan RW 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
A 2nd round pick of the San Jose Sharks in 1993, Donovan played for 7 teams in his NHL career. Donovan had his best season with the Calgary Flames in 2003-04, when he scored 18 goals and 24 assists while contributing 10 points during the Flames' run to the Stanley Cup Final. Traded to the Senators in the summer of 2007, the Timmins, Ontario native would finish his career in Ottawa.
Marek Svatos RW 2010-2011
Drafted 227th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, Svatos was claimed on waivers by Ottawa from the Nashville Predators. He played just 19 games for the Senators in 2011, but managed to wear 2 numbers, the first of which was #10. His time in Ottawa was not only his last in the NHL, but also in hockey as he did not play in 2011-12.
Best #10: Andreas Dackell
Not the most electric player in Ottawa history, Dackell's long tenure and consistent play give him the nod over everyone else. Dackell was a useful role player who chipped in offensively - not bad for a 6th round pick.
Worst #10: Peter Bondra
Has to be. There were other trade deadline pick-ups with meagre contributions (Arnason, Svatos), but Bondra came with heightened expectations. He was supposed to be an impact player, someone who could help push the Sens deep into the playoffs and that didn't happen. Add to that the fact that the Sens gave up what turned out to be a reliable second-liner (Laich) and it and the trade looks worse than it initially appeared.
Who is Ottawa's best #10?
Andreas Dackell (120 votes)
Brandon Bochenski (3 votes)
Shean Donovan (74 votes)
197 total votes