Best and worst one year wonders
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09-27-2011, 01:33 AM
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At least Nicholls, Brown and Maruk were capable of decent seasons before and after. Nicholls had that one 150 point season in '88-'89 (and from what I know DIDN'T play with Gretzky much...), but he was still a capable player who had 95, 97 and 100 point seasons before then, and scored near a point-per-game clip into the mid 1990s. Brown has his 115 point sophomore season paired with Lemieux, but he had an 80 point season after that. Maruk was stuck playing on some awful Seals, Barons and Capitals teams; while he never had over 100 points again after his '81-'82 season he still had better than a point per game every year he played with the Capitals (incl. 90 and 97 point campaigns).
If you want to talk real outliers: Jacques Richard. He was drafted by the Flames in 1972 (the Flames' first ever draft choice) and his best season there was his 43 point second year. He was an alcoholic and Flames management had enough by 1975, shipping him off unceremoniously to Buffalo. He toiled there and was later traded to the Nordiques. In '80-'81 he was paired with a couple of Slovakian brothers named Peter and Anton, and he had 103 points in 78 games.
The next year Marian Stastny came over and took his spot on the top line. Jacques Richard retired in 1983.
On the goaltending side, the best example I can think of is Blaine Lacher. He came out of nowhere (well, actually, Lake Superior State) and became the Bruins' starter in 1995. He finished the lockout shortened season with a 19-11-2 record, 2.41 GAA and .902 SV%. In his second year the wheels fell off; he went 3-5-2 in 12 games with 0.845 SV% and 3.93 GAA. The Bruins brought in Billy Ranford and Lacher was demoted to the AHL and IHL. He didn't fare better there. He appeared in a few games in the 'I' in 1996-97, did horribly, and retired. His pro hockey career lasted less than three seasons.
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