Ottawa Senators: Top 10 Draft Picks of All-Time

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Erik Karlsson
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Erik Karlsson /
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TAMPA, FL – MARCH 13: Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning watches Mike Hoffman #68 of the Ottawa Senators celebrate a goal during the second period at Amalie Arena on March 13, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images) /

9. Mike Hoffman (2009, 5th Round, 130th Overall)

Oh, what could have been.

Hoffman fought and clawed his way to the Senators roster as a fifth round pick and made a name for himself in Ottawa in just a short amount of time. He played in 342 games, scoring 230 points and also appeared in 25 playoff games for the team. The Kitchener native looked like he was going to be an important piece of the Sens going forward.

Then a drama fueled circus involving Hoffman’s fiancée and the wife of then-captain Erik Karlsson resulted in the team trading him for far less than his value.

Still, a solid pick by the organization who did a great job in developing Hoffman for the NHL.