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Former Senators star defenceman Redden returns in player development role

Former Ottawa Senators blue-liner Wade Redden is back with the team as a player development coach, with a focus on young defencemen in the team's system.

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Former Senators defenceman Wade Redden, pictured, has returned to Ottawa to work alongside fellow development coaches Shean Donovan and Jesse Winchester in supporting and helping to develop the team's prospects. (Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images/File)

Former Ottawa Senators defenceman Wade Redden is back with the team as a player development coach.

The Senators said Monday that Redden would join the team at its annual development camp, which is being held this week at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Redden, Ottawa's top pick (No. 2 overall) in the 1995 NHL draft, played parts of 11 seasons with the Senators and is the franchise's all-time leader in plus/minus rating (plus-159), ranks fourth in games (838), fifth in points (410) and sixth in penalty minutes (576).

The 45-year-old native of Lloydminster, Sask. retired in 2014 after playing 1,023 regular-season NHL games with Ottawa, the New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins.

Redden will work alongside fellow development coaches Shean Donovan and Jesse Winchester in supporting and helping to develop the team's prospects, with a focus on young defencemen in Senators' system.

"Wade's addition is a significant one for our development staff," Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement. "He'll be especially integral in helping mold our prospects on defence. A leader throughout his playing career, we know the same qualities will translate very well in this new role."

Redden previously served as assistant director of player development for the Nashville Predators (2016-19).

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