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10-09-2011, 08:14 PM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Philadelphia, PA
W Eric Daze
1x NHL All Star Game Participant
2002 All Star Game MVP
95-96 All Rookie 1st Teamer
4x 30 Goal Scorer in the Dead Puck Era
3x Top 26 Goals (7, 15, 26)
19th in points, 02-03(78% of 2nd place Naslund)
59% of 3rd place Elias in 01-02
4 best Vs2 Goals: 55*, 61**, 61***, 93
*Vs3, #1 and #2 were outliers
**Vs3, two-way tie for 1st place
***Vs2, but top 3 were far ahead of everyone else, Vs4 % is 73
Career adjusted GPG: .414
Career adjusted PPG: .727
Daze, drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 4th round, 90th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft,
was a giant of the hockey arena, standing tall at 6’6″ and 222 pounds, even without his skates. The guy was as strong as a bull, although that left everyone just wanting more. He never backed down from anybody, but on too many nights he failed to initiate much on the physical end of things.
As a result Daze always had his fair share of critics calling for a higher compete level from him.
Making him more impressive was his hand skills. He had the soft hands, for shooting and puckhandling, that are usually reserved for players much smaller than him. He had a strong shot without much of a back swing and enough dangle while carrying the puck to draw defenders to him, allowing him to slip the puck into the vacated space to a streaking teammate.
Big number 55 was hardly a speed-demon either, though in his era he had decent skating ability amongst the lumbering big men. He skated well enough to play alongside Alexei Zhamnov and Tony Amonte for some time in Chicago.
Fans had mixed emotions about Daze over his career. While
he possessed amazing talent, a great wrist shot and excellent one-timers
, he didn’t use his massive size like a prototypical power-forward or involve himself at all in the hitting aspect of the game.
it was Eric Daze of the Chicago Blackhawks who applied the crushing blows
, scoring four goals to lead the Blackhawks to an 8-4 victory, ..
There are a handful of players the Blackhawks absolutely need to play well in order for them to succeed. Eric Daze is one of those players.
the stars of the Hawks are defenseman Chris Chelios, forward Tony Amonte and newcomer Eric Daze. .
For the first few years of his career, Eric Daze looked like a power forward in the making. However, he never quite mastered the "power" part.
Daze started out on a high note: he led all rookies in goals in the 95-96 season and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy.
Due to Daze's size (six feet four, 200-plus pounds), his decent speed, and his excellent puckhandling skills, the Blackhawks thought they had a man that could run people over, drive to the net, and score.
Some people were predicting 40 goal seasons.
— Chicago Rookie Season: 1995 - 96 Scouts are already comparing Eric Daze to Hall-of-Famer Frank Mahovlich.
With his long, smooth skating stride and blistering slapshot, Daze is a gifted goal scorer ...
and a fourth-round draft choice who ended up being
left-winger Eric Daze
Offensively, Eric Daze has been a consistent scoring force.
The big winger had 38 goals last year to give him his fourth career 30-goal season. .
Quotes stating Daze was a left winger:
The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed
left wing Eric Daze
, a restricted free agent.
Blackhawks general manager Mike Smith might have downplayed
left wing Eric Daze'
s request for a trade.
CNNSI.com - Hockey - Blackhawks
All-Star LW Daze
to undergo surgery
Daze, a wing, is the Blackhawks' closest thing to a true power forward
at 6-foot-6, 235-pounds.
The playing future of
left wing Eric Daze
remained on hold Thursday
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