Long before Rick DiPietro became the poster boy for injured NHL players, there was Martin Havlat.
Havlat, who is probably one of the top five most talented players the Sens have ever had, had trouble staying healthy. When he played, he was exciting to watch. His nickname was Mach 9 because of his speed.
Havlat ranks sixth all-time in points-per-game of players who played at least 100 games.
As a rookie, he had 42 points and was a finalist for the Calder trophy. His goal-scoring and point numbers went up in his first four seasons with the team, culminating in a career high of 31 goals and 68 points in 68 games in the 2003-04 season.
Havlat did earn a reputation as a dirty player. He was suspended several times, including two separate occasions for kicking an opponent.
He was injured for most of the 2005-06 season, but finished with 16 points in 18 games.
Havlat was generally a productive playoff performer. He is tied for fifth all time in playoff points, and tied for second in playoff goals.
Although he never played a full season with the Sens, Havlat was a proven performer, and constantly improved his game. You couldn’t ask for much more from a player.