Ottawa Senators: Top 10 Draft Picks of All-Time

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OTTAWA, ON – DECEMBER 7: Linesman Brian Mach #78 steers Chris Neil #25 of the Ottawa Senators to the penalty box as he tries to get the fans going following a fight in the second period against the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on December 7, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images) /

8. Chris Neil (1998, 6th Round, 161st Overall)

Sometimes a player doesn’t need to have a huge offensive repertoire to make an impact or be remembered, which is where Chris Neil comes in. His 250 career points don’t raise any eyebrows, but Neil really shined when he was making life a living hell for his opponents on the ice.

Neil, an alternate captain for five of his 15 seasons, tallied 2,522 penalty minutes during his NHL career, along with a whopping 176 fights. For reference, the next closest Senator in terms of PIM is Chris Phillips with 758.

He also has 2,056 recorded hits (The stat wasn’t tracked until 2007, midway through Neil’s career, so that number should be a lot higher) and played in 1,026 games for the Sens, third all-time in the organization.

Add in 95 playoff games, and it’s needless to say that Neil made the most of his opportunity when the Sens used a seemingly worthless sixth round pick on him.