After a lengthy hiatus to start the season, "Senators by the Numbers" returns with a look at every player who has worn #20 for the Sens.
Andre McBain RW 1992-1993, 1993-1994
Born in Toronto in 1965, McBain was drafted 8th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1983 - one pick ahead of future Hall of Famer Cam Neely - on the strength of a 120 point season with the North Bay Centennials. Making the NHL as an 18-year-old, McBain collected 30 points in his rookie season. However, slumps and injuries in in subsequent seasons hampered his performance. His best years came when he played on a line with Dale Hawerchuk, twice surpassing the 30-goal mark. By the time he reached Ottawa, he was a bottom-six forward. His two seasons with the Senators would be his last in the NHL. After two seasons in the IHL with the Las Vegas Thunder and Fort Wayne Komets, McBain retired from professional hockey in 1996.
Bill Huard LW 1994-1995
Born in Welland, Ontario in 1967, Huard was an undrafted free agent play with the Carolina Thunderbirds of the ECHL when he caught the eye of the New Jersey Devils in 1989-90. While with the Devils' AHL affiliate in Utica, Huard trained with Canadian boxing champion Tom Glesby. An enforcer, Huard's tough reputation eventually landed him in the NHL on a more permanent basis with the Senators in 1993-94. Nicknamed "Babyface" by the Ottawa media, he spent one season in Ottawa before bouncing around the NHL/IHL/AHL for the next seven seasons. A hand injury hastened his decline and he finished his career in Britain playing for the London Knights.
Trent McCleary RW 1995-1996
Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1972, McCleary played junior hockey for his hometown Broncos, winning the Memorial Cup in 1988-89. Undrafted, he was signed by the Ottawa Senators in 1992. He played just one season in Ottawa before being traded to Boston along with a 3rd round pick (Eric Naud) at the 1996 Draft for Shawn McEachern. McCleary is most famous for suffering a career-ending throat injury while playing with Montreal in a game on January 29, 2000.
Denis Chasse RW 1996-1997
Born in Montreal in 1970, Chasse was a rugged offensive star in the QMJHL before signing with the Quebec Nordiques as a free agent in 1991. He signed with Ottawa in 1996 and was traded to Chicago at the deadline in 1997. In fact, Chasse was part of a deal that almost cost the Sens Chris Neil: Chasse, Kevin Bolibruck and Ottawa's 6th round pick in 1998 were sent to Chicago in exchange for Mike Prokopec. Fortunately for Sens fans, Ottawa re-acquired the pick and drafted Neil. Like many Senators before him, Ottawa was Chasse's last stop in the NHL; he would finish his career in Europe. After one season in the DEL, he spent the final three seasons of his career in Britain plying his trade for the Bracknell Bees and Cardiff Devils.
Magnus Arvedson LW 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003
Born in Karlstad, Sweden in 1971, Arvedson was drafted 119th overall by the Ottawa Senators in 1997. Arvedson made the Sens that same year and quickly established himself as a defensive specialist. In his second season he was the runner-up for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, narrowly losing out to Jere Lehtinen. Despite improving his offensive output, Arvedson's career was derailed by injuries. Arvedson left Ottawa in 2003 and signed with the Vancouver Canucks, but again he suffered a serious knee injury - this one ending his NHL career. He tried making a comeback in the SEL during the 2004-05 lockout, but injured his back in a pre-season game and subsequently retired. Arvedson began his coaching career in 2007 in the Sweden. Currently, he is the head coach of Bofors IK.
Antoine Vermette C 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009
Born in St-Agapit, Quebec in 1982, Vermette was drafted 55th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2000 Draft. Vermette spent the first five years of his career with the Sens, largely playing a checking role and penalty killing with Chris Kelly. Subject of trade talk, Vermette was finally traded at the 2009 trade deadline to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Pascal Leclaire and a 2nd round pick (used to draft future Sens legend Robin Lehner). He currently plays for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Marek Svatos RW 2010-2011
Born in Košice, Czechoslovakia in 1982, Svatos was drafted 227th overall in 2001 by the Colorado Avalanche. A top rookie performer in Colorado, several serious injuries limited his playing time and derailed his career. Svatos began the 2010-11 season in Europe, but signed with the Blues in December, 2010; however, he failed to clear waivers and was claimed by the Nashville Predators. Playing just nine games for the Predators, Svatos was waived for a second time that season and this time was claimed by the Ottawa Senators. He played in just 19 games for the Senators but wore two numbers - #20 was his second number with the club. Svatos' time with the Senators came to an end because of injury; he suffered a concussion after being hit by Toronto's Jay Rosehill. Svatos sat out all of 2011-12 trying to recover and signed a try-out deal with the Florida Panthers once the lockout concluded in January, 2013. Released by the Panthers, Svatos signed for HC Slovan Bratislava in the KHL for the rest of the 2012-13 season.
Andre Petersson RW 2011-2012
Born in Olofström, Sweden, Andre Petersson was drafted 109th overall by Ottawa in 2008. Petersson joined Ottawa's AHL team in 2011-12 and had a successful first season in North America. He was even called up and made his NHL debut January 21, 2012 against the Anaheim Ducks. While Petersson doesn't like Bingo, a season ending hip injury prematurely ended his 2012-13 season.
Best #20: Magnus Arvedson
The longest-serving #20 of the group, Arvedson was also the best. Recognized for his defensive abilities, Arvedson also chipped-in offensively and the main blemish on his time in Ottawa was an unfortunate injury history.
Worst #20: Bill Huard
Fortunately for the Senators, #20 has been a relatively successful number. But Huard was pretty bad, so he gets the nod.
Who is Ottawa's best #20?
Magnus Arvedson (41 votes)
Antoine Vermette (31 votes)
Marek Svatos (2 votes)
74 total votes