Daniel Alfredsson has been one of the top forwards in the NHL for the past fifteen years for the Ottawa Senators, his offensive output helping the Senators to victory many nights. As he gets older there are signs of him slowing down, but what he means to his team goes far beyond statistics. Alfredsson is one of the most respected players in the NHL today, his calm attitude and respect for players and the game has shown through.
At the 2011-2012 All-Star game which was hosted in Ottawa, it was no surprise when Alfredsson was named as one of the team captains, in which his team would lose 12-9.
Overall Alfredsson had a solid season in 2011-2012 registering 27g 32a for 59p in 75 games. His season prior was shortened to just 54 games due to injury and may have effected this past season starting off. Alfredsson once again led his team into the playoffs, securing the eighth spot in the East and facing off against the New York Rangers. Ottawa would take the Rangers to seven games, but would eventually lose to the number one seeded team.
Had it not been for his offense taking a dip this past season Alfredsson could have been higher in the top 100 easily. Look for his numbers to improve this upcoming season, but don’t bet on him being in the top ten in scoring.
As he reaches the age of 40 in December, also look for Alfredsson to begin grooming a new captain for the Senators, whether it be Jason Spezza of Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson. Of course nobody will ever be able to replace Alfredsson on the Senators lineup, but being groomed by him could be the next best thing.
Alfredsson demonstrating his slapshot on this goal.
“Because it’s the Cup” TV spot for the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs