Senators by the Numbers: #49
Michel Picard L 1994-1995, 1995-1996
Born in Beauport, Quebec in 1969, Picard was drafted 178th overall by the Hartford Whalers. Picard was an elite power forward during his three seasons of junior hockey with the Trois-Rivières Draveurs of the QMJHL. He spent two seasons in Hartford's farm system, scoring 56 goals in 1990-1991 and winning the Calder Cup with the Springfield Indians. While Picard was consistently a scoring star in the AHL, he was never able to achieve the same level of success as a pro. He played for six NHL franchises during his career, but never played a full season in the NHL. He was signed as a free agent by Ottawa in the summer of 1994 and was traded to Washington for cash in May, 1996. He played one season in Germany, for the Mannheim Eagles in 2001-2002, and spent the final five seasons of his career playing in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey before retiring in 2009. He currently works as an amateur scout for the St. Louis Blues.
Chris Kelly C 2003-2004
Born in Toronto in 1980, Kelly was drafted 94th overall by the Ottawa Senators in 1999. He spent parts of four seasons with the London Knights of the OHL and finished his OHL career with the Sudbury Wolves. Kelly played for the Grand Rapids Griffins during his first AHL season. He spent three seasons with the Binghamton Senators and served as captain during the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 campaigns. He made his NHL debut on February 5, 2004 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, wearing #49. Kelly broke into the NHL for good in 2005-2006, wearing #22. He played a checking role in Ottawa and was a successful penalty killer; these traits made him a sought-after player when the Sens began their rebuild in February, 2011. Kelly was traded to the Boston Bruins and won the Stanley Cup later that same spring. The Senators used the pick they got in return for Kelly to draft prospect Shane Prince. Kelly is currently an alternate captain with the Boston Bruins.
Danny Bois R 2006-2007
Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1983, Bois was drafted 97th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. He played four seasons with the London Knights and also served as London's captain. He signed as a free agent with Ottawa in the spring of 2004. He spent five seasons with Binghamton; however, he only played one game with Ottawa in 2006-2007 - the only NHL game he played in his career. He spent time with Chicago's AHL affiliate before moving to Europe in 2010. He spent two seasons with EC Red Bull Salzburg and one season with Dornbirner EC in Austria. Bois currently plays in Germany for EHC Mϋnchen.
Francis Lessard R 2010-2011
Born in Montreal in 1979, Lessard was drafted 80th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997. He played three seasons in the QMJHL for the Val-d'Or Foreurs and the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Lessard spent three seasons with Philadelphia's AHL affiliate before being traded to the Thrashers for David Harlock, Atlanta's 3rd and 7th (later traded to San Jose; Sharks used pick to selected Joe Pavelski) round picks. Lessard made his NHL debut with the Thrashers in 2001-2002. He split time between the Thrashers and the Chicago Wolves of the AHL between 2001 and 2006, cementing his reputation as an enforcer and winning the Calder Cup with the Wolves in 2002. He played for the AHL teams of the New York Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes from 2006-2010 before signing as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators in August of 2010. He spent one season with the Senators and split his time between Ottawa and Binghamton. He currently plays for the Cornwall River Kings of the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey.
Best #49: Michel Picard
This number is pretty bad. Picard wins by default for scoring at least one point while wearing #49.
Worst #49: Francis Lessard
Lessard might be one of the worst players to ever wear a Senators jersey. One of the more significant indictment's of Cory Clouston's NHL coaching career was that he dressed Lessard for 24 games. Lessard fought frequently during his time with the Sens but had very little in the way of hockey ability.
Who wore it best?