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08-31-2009, 08:44 AM
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Halifax selects underappreciated speedy Joe Juneau, who averaged 50+ assists per season his first five years, including twice top-10 in assists, before transforming into a more defensively oriented player.

... a good playmaker that was a strong presence in back to back Stanley Cup finals, 1998 with Washington and 1999 with Buffalo... rounding out his game and becoming a very versatile player... became a key penalty killer and checker. He underwent an interesting transformation from scoring star to a jack-of-all-trades utility player noted for his work ethic and strong defensive play. While his scoring totals diminished, his hockey sense remained as strong as always.
- holds the NHL record for most assists by a left winger: 70 (in his 102-point 1992/93 rookie season, runner-up for the Calder trophy)
- 1992 Olympics top scorer (15 pts in 8 games) and silver medalist
- two-time NCAA all-star (1990, 1991)

and an impressive first 8 years of his NHL career:

Offensive years in Boston: 193 points in 161 NHL games (18 pts in 19 playoff games)
Two-way clutch in Washington: 234 points in 312 NHL games (41 pts in 43 playoff games, scored 4 playoff GWGs - 2 of them in OT - in their Stanley Cup finals run)
Two-way clutch in Buffalo: Only 9 regular season games, but... (11 points in 20 playoff games, Stanley Cup finals appearance)

all in all, even including his thirtysomething end-of-career years, a very good 79 points in 112 career NHL playoff games

...with the Caps he became a more versatile player...a solid two-way player

His exceptional first year blinded too many "fans" to the fact that his best years of hockey were in Washington and that he did get better and better overall as a player up until he was 30, perhaps even 31 years old (Buffalo Stanley Cup run) and that he should not be remembered only for his rookie season nor for how he played as a 35 and 36 year old Hab. A pet peeve. A very underrated, misjudged player.

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