I was wasting time at work reading a listing of every team's Mount Rushmore, their four best players of all time. The Senators players chosen were: Daniel Alfredsson, Erik Karlsson, Craig Anderson, and Dany Heatley. They noted that Jason Spezza was the second all time in points scoring on the team, Heatley was the scoring gun during the 2006 Stanley Cup run. They also listed honourable mentions of Alexei Yashin, Wade Redden, and Marian Hossa.
I thought it might be fun to discuss our personal Mount Rushmore for the Senators. Please give us your four players, and also tell us what criteria you used.
I will be shooting from the heart, rather than doing any hard statistical analysis. I will be considering talent and production, heavily weighted to the Senator years for players with multiple teams.
1. Alfredsson - the greatest Senator of this era. Production, leadership, loyalty. No debate.
2. Karlsson - the most talented Senator of this era. Although we never won the Conference, he carried us on his back, making us look much better than we were. Won two Norris trophies. Also no debate.
3. Cy Denneny - Team captain from 1923-26, including a Stanley Cup, and team scoring leader during the NHL years with 312 points (245 goals, 67 assists) in 302 games. To be honest, I don't know if he's the right choice from the original Senators team, because I don't know much about them. And I can see an argument for not including the original team, as the current team is not the same franchise. But we wear the colours, share the name, and our site's name is in tribute to the original team. According to the Wikipedia page, in 1950 Canadian sports editors selected the Senators as Canada's greatest team in the first half century. So I feel someone should be honoured in my Mount Rushmore.
4. Spezza - Much maligned, I feel Spezza played here with a lot of skill, and took a lot of heat from fans with good grace.
Honourable mentions: I would include Chara, who the original article did not, and I would not include Yashin. Chara was incredibly effective and important during our most successful years in the modern era. Yashin is blackballed from the team from my perspective. I agree with Hossa, Anderson, Redden and Heatley as mentioned by the original article.
So, what do you think?