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2019-20 Year in Review: Career bests

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

While the 2019-20 Ottawa Senators season was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the year still provided a number of career campaigns for Sens players.

Despite playing 71 games instead of the scheduled 82 regular season contests, new personal bests were set across the board in a number of offensive categories by multiple players. So, let's dive right in: 

Anthony Duclair

In his first full season in Ottawa, Duclair wowed with a career best 23 goals and a first NHL All-Star appearance.

Incredibly, 21 of Duclair's goals came before the turn of 2020. That alone would have set a new personal best (previous high was 20 during 2015-16 with Arizona) and it took him all of 37 games to hit that mark.  

 

 The 24-year-old also had four multi-goal games, including a hat-trick against Columbus on Dec. 14, the most he's tallied in a single-season. He also buried two short-handed goals this past season (the first two of his career) and his two game-winning goals matched a previous career high. His two overtime winners were also a new personal best.

Over the past two seasons, only Brady Tkachuk has scored more goals than Duclair for the Sens with the latter playing 87 games to bury 31 goals. Tkachuk has appeared in 142 games scoring 45 times.

Mark Borowiecki

The veteran defenseman shattered all previous bests in a season in goals, assists and points in 2019-20 as he scored seven goals and tallied 11 assists for 18 points.

Borowiecki's previous highs in those three categories? Three goals, 10 assists and 11 points. He finished second in team-scoring for a defenceman, behind only Thomas Chabot.

His shooting percentage was 11.1%, the best of his career, and he also scored the first short-handed goal of his career, albeit an empty-netter from his own zone to ice a win in Buffalo on Jan. 28.

Connor Brown

The newly acquired Brown had a dominant first season in Ottawa, notching career bests in points and assists.

His 43 points were seven more than his previous best effort in 2016-17 with Toronto while his 27 assists topped last year's previous high of 21.

Additionally, Brown racked up three power goals and 24 penalty minutes, both of which were career highs.  

 

Nick Paul

In his first full run in the NHL, it was inevitable that Paul would set new career bests across the board, but regardless, the 25-year-old was impressive along the way.

In 56 games, Paul buried nine goals, 11 assists and 20 points. The Mississauga, Ont., native grabbed two game-winning goals and 24 penalty minutes along the way too. He also had two multi-goal games, the first of his NHL career.

Paul's 56 games were the most he's played in an NHL season since suiting up 24 times in 2015-16 and accounted for the same number of games he had played in his entire NHL career before this past season.

 

 The rookies

A number of the Sens' top prospects played a considerable amount of games with the big club in 2019-20 and while their season numbers are obviously going to be career bests, it's worth taking a quick peek at them.  

Drake Batherson played 23 games to earn 10 points (seven assists) while his three goals matched the amount he reached during his 20-game run in 2018-19.

Furthermore, Filip Chlapik's six points (three goals) in 31 games were all new bests as were Logan Brown's eight points. Erik Brannstrom played 31 games as a rookie where he notched four assists in the process.

Marcus Hogberg was between the pipes 24 times last season, 21 of which were starts. The Swedish netminder won five games but earned points in more than half his starts.

 

 

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