Ottawa Senators: Top 10 Draft Picks of All-Time

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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 26: Chris Phillips #4 of the Ottawa Senators plays in the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on October 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Steve Woltmann/NHLI via Getty Images) /

5. Chris Phillips (1996, 1st Round, 1st Overall)

The last time the Sens had the first overall pick, they made the call to go with the 6-foot-1 defenseman from Calgary, Chris Phillips.

While his offense was nothing special for a player at his position (288 career points, five 20-plus point seasons), that was never Phillips’ purpose. He was brought in to be a stabilizing presence along the blue-line, and that’s just what he was for 1,179 games, the most anyone has played for the Ottawa Senators.

Physical and not afraid to take risks (Since blocked shots began being tracked in 2007, he had 923 of them),  Phillips was a familiar face of the organization and an alternate captain for 10 of his 17 seasons, showing just what he meant to the team that brought him into the league.