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Player Spotlight: Jason Spezza

Tuesday, 08.14.2012 / 11:36 AM ET / Features
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(Editor's note: As the 2012-13 season draws closer, ottawasenators.com will take a daily snapshot look at some of the returning players from last year, with both a look back and a look ahead).

JASON SPEZZA

2011-12 stats: 80 GP, 34 G, 50 A, 84 PTS, 36 PIM, +11 rating

Last season: For just the second time in his career, Spezza hit the 80 games played total and the result was the third-most productive season he's ever had — and best since he notched 92 points in 2007-08. His goal total matched a career high, set twice previously. Spezza also challenged for the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer, eventually finishing fourth in that race. He achieved a trio of career milestones during the 2011-12 campaign, picking up his 200th goal (Nov. 27) and 600th point (Feb. 25), and also playing in his 600th career game (March 23).

The highlight: Voted into the NHL All-Star Game for the first time by the fans, Spezza suited up for Team Alfredsson on Jan. 29 at Scotiabank Place and recorded a goal and an assist in his second appearance in the league's annual mid-season showcase.

Looking forward: With an 'A' firmly stitched onto his jersey, Spezza has grown into one of the Senators' key leaders. His playmaking ability, in particular, helped turn Colin Greening into a 17-goal scorer during his first full NHL season. Coming off a season in which he led the league with 1,700 faceoffs taken, Spezza has also clearly become a guy head coach Paul MacLean trusts to take the important draw in all situations. On the horizon for him in the season ahead are the 250-goal, 400-assist and 700-point milestones.

Quote: "We're under the understanding that the bar is going to be raised moving forward. We have to push ourselves because when we show up here in September, we're not going to have low expectations. We've got to be ready to go and our expectations are going to be to try to win."

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02