|Daniel Alfredsson (Getty Images)|
That might be one of the best lines in the NHL and features a couple of first-round picks (Spezza and Hossa) and one of the all-time great draft steals in Daniel Alfredsson. In the early 2000s the Senators had some incredibly talented teams up front, and these three guys were a big part of it.
I know Brooks Laich is a natural center, but I did some shifting because the wing depth was a little slim at this point and he's a better player than some of the other options. Senators traded him to Washington at the 2003-04 trade deadline for Peter Bondra. Bondra played 23 games for the Senators. Martin Havlat has had the "he's great when he's healthy" label throughout his career and, well … it's true.
Certainly a tough and frustrating line to play against. Mike Fisher wouldn't be a bad No. 2 center on a lot of teams, but I think Vermette has a bit more offensive skill for this team.
Offensive scratch: Nick Foligno
One guy that's all offense all the time (Karlsson) and one guy that's all defense all the time (Volchenkov). Karlsson won his first Norris Trophy this past season and had one of the finest offensive seasons we've seen from an NHL defenseman over the past decade. Volchenkov seems like he's lost a bit over the years but he's still as tough as they come on the blue line and one of the most fearless shot blockers you'll encounter in the league.
Chris Phillips was one of the few defenseman to go No. 1 overall, joining the Senators as the top pick back in 1996. He's played over 1,000 games in the NHL, every single one of them as a member of the Senators.
Defensive scratch: Sami Salo
There always seemed to be some excited about Brian Elliott in Ottawa but it never worked out for him with the Senators, and after catching on with the St. Louis Blues as a free agent this past season he had the best year of his career, leading the league in save percentage. Don't expect him to repeat it. Emery started in net for the Senators during their only trip to the Stanley Cup Final during the 2006-07 season.