Dion was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for November after leading all rookie defencemen with nine points and two game-winning goals.By January, he was being named alongside Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin as a candidate for the NHL's top rookie.He added two assists in 21 games as the Rebels lost in the WHL Final against the Kootenay Ice.He improved to 16 goals and 30 points in 2002–03 as the Rebels again reached the WHL Finals, again losing, this time to the Kelowna Rockets.Gaborik is a buyout candidate after this season, a move that would be an additional help to Ottawa's bottom line."Marian has enjoyed a tremendous career to date and has played an integral role with our team over the years, including a Stanley Cup championship," Blake said.Prospects Hockey rated Dion as the top player in the CHL in both 20, ahead of Sidney Crosby, naming him one of the best junior defencemen of the previous decade.
He elected not to waive his no-movement clause last summer to be left unprotected in the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft, a decision that cost the Senators defenceman Marc Methot. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments.
He made his NHL debut on October 5, 2005, against the Minnesota Wild.
Five nights later, he scored his first career goal, assist and points against the Colorado Avalanche.
Los Angeles acquired the veteran defenceman and forward Nate Thompson from the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night for forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore.
The Senators are retaining 25 per cent of Phaneuf's million salary-cap hit, so the Kings get a top-four defenceman for .25 million over the next three-plus years.
The Red Deer Rebels selected Dion in the third round of the 2000 WHL Bantam Draft.