Decades from now, a blogger decide to put together a list of the top 100 Ottawa Senators of all time.
He will look at Anton Volchenkov’s stats with the Ottawa Senators, see a total of 16 goals in 428 games, and think the guy was a) a bum or b) a fifth or sixth defenceman. And they will decide he doesn’t belong on any such list.
Which is a shame, because Volchenkov was not only one of the best defensive defencemen with the Ottawa Senators, but he was one of the best in the league.
He never led the league in any of the sexy stats, such as goals, assists, plus/minus or even penalty minutes. But Volchenkov put his body on the line every single game. It felt like he blocked more shots than his goalie. He delivered more hits than Beyonce. And he was injured slightly less than Rick DiPietro. Only twice has he ever played more than 70 games in a season.
But that’s to be expected when you put your body on the line every single night. He never took a game or a shift off. He was the embodiment of a hard-working defensive defencemen. One the Sens will be lucky to ever have again.
And hopefully, that blogger sometime in the distance future, will realize there’s more to the game than goals and assists, and give Volchenkov a spot on his list.