Top Sens #11: Marian Hossa

Before Dany Heatley, it seemed as if Marian Hossa was destined to be the team’s first 50-goal scorer.

Marian Hossa was always a threat to score.

After dominating in junior, Hossa didn’t join the Ottawa Senators until December of the 1998-99 season. Yet, he still managed to finish as a runner-up for the Calder trophy.

His 15 goals as a rookie was the worst during his time with the Sens. The next season, he jumped up to 29 goals, and never looked back. He scored at least 30 goals the next four years, including a career high 45 goals in 2002-03.

Hossa was so good, that some were comparing him to Jaromir Jagr.

In his last two seasons with the Sens, he scored 14 powerplay goals a season.

Overall, he ranks fourth on the Sens in career goals, sixth in assists and sixth in points. He is also tied for fifth all-time in points-per-game.

He played in two all-star games as a member of the Sens.

In the playoffs, Hossa started to shine during his latter years with the club. He led the team in points in 2003, when he had 16 points in 18 games. He is fifth all-time in Senators playoff history with 34 points.

Hossa was such a dangerous threat to score, that most people overlook his defence. A strong defender, Hossa would capitalize on turnovers in the defensive end to lead to scoring chances.

Hossa may not have scored 50 goals with Ottawa, but he was their biggest goal-scoring threat for a number of years. It’s easy to see why he is one of the top 20 Sens of all time.

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