The is the eighteenth in a series of profiles on each player for the Ottawa Senators.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Contract: 4.875/13 (UFA)
6-133/94 (Sexton), 5’11, Shoots R, YOB 1972, Goteborg, Swe
2008-09 79-24-50-74 +7 24pim TOI 20:52 TkA 72
2009-10 70-20-51-71 +8 22pim TOI 19:39 TkA 76
2010-11 54-14-17-31 -19 18pim TOI 19:16 TkA 45
The long time captain of the Ottawa Senators (since 1999-2000), Alfredsson lead the team in scoring the previous two seasons before injury derailed him this year (a very detailed account of the injury can be found here www.silversevensens.com/2011/6/13/ 2212491/even-daniel-alfredsson-cant-skate-off-a-numb-leg, with Alfredsson‘s thoughts here http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hockey/2011/04/04/17868756.html). Far and away the longest serving player on the team (also the oldest by seven years), there’s no question Alfredsson will retire as a Senator.
It’s a corollary of his hard-earned reputation (long gone are the doubts about him as a playoff performer, referenced here http://thehockeywriters.com/can-a-team-win-with-dany-heatley/) that no one see’s his struggles this past season as an issue, but rather a result of his injury. The questions about him are all health and age related, but if he recovers successfully from his surgery there’s no question that he is still an effective player. How much gas is left in the tank? Given his commitment to fitness there’s no reason to think he can’t continue to be effective until the end of his contract. Taking his health as a given, Alfredsson can be expected to put up 60-65 points with 20-25 goals.
Alfredsson‘s hit on Tucker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNgXCohmzcM
A 7-point night against Tampa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9_Nrt8QQAg&feature=fvst
Reaches 1,000 points: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22vG91rYwhs
Part of his 1,000 game tribute: http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=65489&catid=1059
Up next is Filip Kuba.