Many hockey fans love getting excited about prospects. Too often we have high expectations that players just can't meet. While Alexandre Daigle is widely regarded as the biggest disappointment in Senators history, which prospect from the last ten years got your hopes up only to dash them?
Fresh off being awarded the prestigious Minnesota Mr. Hockey as the most outstanding senior hockey player in Minnesota, Lee was drafted ninth overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, ahead of Anze Kopitar (as well as 6 other NHL All-Stars). For years fans could not move past Lee's high draft place and his disappointing play. But attitudes began to change in 2011-2012. Lee worked his way into the line up and provided reliable, if unspectacular, defense before being swapped for another fan target Matt Gilroy. Injuries have been a problem and he's currently a UFA but hasn't played hockey since 2012-2013.
O'Brien was drafted 29th overall by the Ottawa Senators in 2007. O'Brien played for the United States National Under-18 Team for two seasons before joining the University of Minnesota as a 17-year-old. After one year of university, he played two seasons with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL. During his second full season with the Binghamton Senators, he made his NHL debut, playing 6 games with Ottawa in 2010-2011. He was returned to Bingo and was part of the team that won the Calder Cup in 2011. He split time between the NHL and the AHL in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. He spent all of last season with Binghamton but was not retained by the Sens. He's currently an unrestricted free agent.
Butler was an undrafted, college free agent when he signed with the Senators in March, 2010. Butler had four successful seasons at the University of New Hampshire and was a nominee for the Hobey Baker Award in his final year. He won the Calder Cup with the Binghamton Senators in 2011. Despite the anticipation surrounding his arrival, Butler's 2011-12 season was underwhelming and he was bought out by the Senators in July, 2012. He's currently a member of the Florida Panthers, his fourth NHL team.
Filatov was drafted sixth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008. A successful junior player with Russia, he didn't fit in Columbus primary for defensive deficiencies in his game. He was traded to the Senators at the 2011 NHL Draft for a third round pick. He didn't fit in Ottawa either and was loaned to CSKA Moscow. Filatov currently plays for Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk of the KHL.
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.