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With pick #144 the Pittsburgh Hornets select Wayne Babych, RW.



- 5'11, 191 lbs
- 438 points in 519 games
- 16 points in 41 playoff games
- career adjusted 0.54 ESPPG
- NHL ESG leader (1981) - was 6th in total goals and 15th in points
- 4 20+ goal seasons

Chosen 3rd overall in the 1978 Amateur Draft, the St. Louis Blues had big plans for the right winger, and he responded with 27 goals in his rookie year of 1978-79. Babych followed that up with a 26-goal outing the next year before exploding for 54 goals and 96 points in 1980-81. 438 points in 519 NHL games.

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Originally Posted by seventieslord bio
scouting reports:

"was leading candidate for calder before injury... strong-skating... personable and amusing"

"hard nosed player, has trouble staying injury-free... "

"gifted natural athlete...fast skater with excellent shot..."

"big, strong, excellent skater, awesome shot, combative nature"

"has settled into niche as a two-way worker... has all the equipment to be a top star... "

"lost a lot of his speed, but was one of the game's best forecheckers... good at working the boards and will hit or be hit to make a play... good upper body strength, can hold his own in the corners... "
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Originally Posted by blueshockeylegends
Wayne Babych was on the verge of becoming the dominant power forward of his generation. Then disaster struck.

At 5'11" and 190lbs, he was quite a bit smaller than his brother, but his upper body strength was second to none. He could dominate the boards and corners and he hit like a truck.

Babych would score 26 goals, 36 assists and 63 points, all then-rookie records for the franchise. He was a finalist in rookie of the year voting that saw the Calder Trophy go to Smith of the Minnesota North Stars. After a 59 game sophomore season where he scored 26 goals and 61 points, Babych benefited more than most with the resulting coaching change. The following season... Babych erupted for a 54 goal-96 point season, though he could only muster 2 playoff tallies in 11 games.

Babych was as big of a star in St. Louis as any athlete let alone hockey player. He would sign a 4 year contract worth over $400,000 with a $125,000 signing bonus, huge dollars for 1981.

That would be the apex of Babych's career. He could have been the best power winger of the 1980s. He could skate, shoot, score, hit and fight. He was a highly underrated fighter who was not afraid of the odd dust-up no matter who his opponent was.

In a pre-season game Babych dropped the gloves with one of the biggest, baddest goons of the day. Just as Babych was about to throw a punch, the linesman intervened, grabbing his arm. Babych's rotator cuff was severely ripped.

Doctors tried a lengthy rehabilitation process followed by surgery to take the rotator cuff apart and rebuild it. They were never able to properly fix it, but Babych tried to play on, despite the pain.

But he was never the same. He even worsened the injury due to more fighting.
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Originally Posted by The Windsor Star Oct. 31, 1978
This guy back-checks and everything. He's built like granite, says Plager... He's a heckuva hockey player.
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Scouting report:
A tremendous skater, he's equipped with a strong shot and quick release. He's a consistent scorer who can put the puck in the net from any angle. Overpowers goalies with strong shot.

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