No one remembers No. 2, eh Daigle? Well, Pronger's wondering what happened to No. 1 from 1993 draft

CHRIS STEVENSON

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

It's difficult to see Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger and not think about Alexandre Daigle's immortal line at the 1993 draft in Quebec City.

After Daigle was chosen first overall by your beloved Senators and Pronger was taken second by the Whalers, Daigle said: "I'm glad I got drafted first because no one remembers No. 2."

Okay, so we probably make a bigger deal of it than it deserves. Daigle was a teenager and it was an off-the-cuff comment. But, yeesh, with the way things turned out, it rings as such a memorable line.

So, Chris, do you know where Daigle is now?, I asked Pronger yesterday.

"I don't," he said. "Do you know? Didn't he head for Europe? Is he still trying to be a screenwriter? Has Hollywood come calling?"

Daigle apparently is playing a third season with Davos of the Swiss elite league.

"I think 23 of the 26 picks in that first round played and had some pretty good numbers," said Pronger.

He's pretty close. Only Jesper Mattsson (Calgary, 18th overall) and Eric Lecompte (Chicago, 24th) didn't play a game in the NHL and Nick Stajduhar (Edmonton, 16th, two games) and Stefan Bergvist (Pittsburgh, 26th, seven games) had cups of coffee.

The next fewest games played was 336 by Mike Wilson, who was taken 20th by Vancouver.

Other notables in that draft were Canadiens captain Saku Koivu, taken 21st, Todd Bertuzzi, 23rd by the New York Islanders and Chris Gratton, who was taken right after Pronger and is closing in on 1,100 NHL games.

Daigle's NHL line: 616 games, 129 goals, 198 assists, 327 points and 186 penalty minutes.

Pronger: 940 games, 131 goals, 427 assists, 558 points, 1,369 penalty minutes.

Oh yeah, and a Hart Trophy, Norris Trophy and Stanley Cup.

HEAR AND THERE

The Senators' coaching staff shook up the defensive pairings last night, putting Alexandre Picard with former Tampa teammate Filip Kuba. If the desire was to settle down the 23-year-old Picard, it didn't work. Picard tried to skate the puck up the middle of the ice from behind his own net between two Ducks in the first and lost it. He was also a spectator in front as Brian Sutherby poked home a rebound for Anaheim's first goal ... Chris Neil didn't pick his spot when it came to the Senators' first fight of the season. Neil dropped them with big George "Porn Star 'Stache" Parros. Though he gave up six inches in reach and 32 lbs., Neil did okay and wound up on top on the takedown ... Good trade for the Senators, too, that one. Parros went into the game tied for second in goal scoring on the Ducks with a pair.

REVELATIONS

Almonte's Kent Huskins took his lumps in his backyard when the Ducks had a pool tournament Wednesday. So, Corey Perry, who's the best pool player on the Ducks? "I don't know, but I know who isn't. Huskins, that's for sure," said Perry. Ouch. "I think he's deflecting a little," said Huskins. "He's not exactly the strongest player, either." Out on the ice, Huskins wound up taking a harsh hit against the boards from Ottawa's Jarkko Ruutu in the first ... If you're a Senators fan, you might have thought fighting was down in the NHL. In fact, the league's on pace for 879 fights this season, up from 664 last season, which was up from 466 in 2005-06, according to hockeyfights.com.

THE GOAL

The Ducks' second goal was one of the most bizarre you will see. The puck was launched from inside the Anaheim blue line and didn't touch the ice until it dropped off the mesh behind Alex Auld. Ducks winger Teemu Selanne flipped it from inside his zone to inside the Ottawa line, where it looked like Senators defenceman Jason Smith had caught it. But Anaheim's Todd Marchant somehow rapped it with a backhanded out of the air and over Auld's shoulder from 37 feet. "I was watching to make sure Jason caught it clean and watching the ice around them to see where it would fall," said Auld. "Then it whizzed by my ear. It's never good to see that black shadow whiz by your face." ... "I don't know what I can say," said Marchant. "I just took a whack at it. I just watched the replay and I'm looking the other way when it went in. It was just a fluke break, but one of the things you need to get out of the funk we're in."

THE BUZZ

Selanne didn't get so good just naturally. He said he cranks about 50 pucks before every practice, working on his shot ... Picard made up for his earlier shortcomings with an impressive snap to the top corner to make it 4-2 in the third. The kid's got potential -- in the other team's end ... After a pretty quiet stretch, Senators winger Dany Heatley racked up three assists in 4:01.

JUST WONDERING

What do you watch tonight? In addition to the Senators and the Leafs renewing the Battle of Ontario, there are 14 other NHL games which, near as I can figure, is about as many as you can have.

THE FACEOFF

Ryan Getzlaf's goal last night was his first of the season. "Getzlaf has a lot more to give from a standpoint of statistics. He can play to a much higher level than what he's played so far," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "I think there are some things we can help him with and as long as he is receptive to doing it, we think we have a plan that will help him." ... Neil played with the kind of jump that makes him effective. He had a great hit off the forecheck on Steve Montador in the third.

PARTING SHOT

The Senators have already launched the campaign for major trophy consideration. They've made Craig Anderson and Jonas Hiller early Vezina Trophy favourites.


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