Was the first Ottawa native ever drafted by the Senators ... A pending RFA at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, he is in the midst of the first of a three-year contract extension he signed with Ottawa on 8/18/14.
2014-15: Established new NHL career highs in assists (10), points (11), penalty minutes (107) and games (63) ... Registered his first NHL assist on Oct. 9 at Nashville (3-2 loss) ... Led the Senators and tied for 16th among NHL players with 233 hits ... Led the Senators and ranked 12th among NHL players with 107 penalty minutes ... Ranked second among Senators defencemen (Ceci) with 102 blocked shots.
2015-16 Season high: Blocked shots: 4, Nov. 21 vs Philadelphia (4-0 win)
Career game highs: Goals: 1 (2x) last: 3/8/15 vs Calgary (5-4 SO win); Assists: 1 (11x) last: Oct. 14 at Columbus (7-3 win); Points: 1 (13x) last: (0-1), Oct. 14 at Columbus (7-3 win)
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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