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12-14-2011, 11:01 AM
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Pittsburgh selects RW Kristian Huselius and C Mike Zuke.

451 points in 662 NHL GP
x3 40 assists
x1 30 goals
x6 20 goals

Originally Posted by LoH
Zuke played for his hometown Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the NOJHA earning First Team All-star recognition in 1972 before attending Michigan Tech where he again earned All Star berths in 1974, 1975, and 1976.

He was selected by the Indianapolis Racers in the 1974 WHA draft and was also selected by the St. Louis Blues in the 1974 NHL draft. He turned pro with Indianapolis during the 1976-77 season and was traded to the Edmonton Oilers prior to the start of the following season.

The lanky centreman signed with St. Louis prior to the beginning of the 1978-79 season and played with the Blues for five seasons where his scrappy play made him a fan favourite. He also saw time on both the power play and penalty killing units while with the Blues.

Hartford claimed him in the 1983 waiver draft and finished his NHL career with the Whalers in 1985-86 after the better part of three seasons with the club.
Originally Posted by Seventieslord
Jeez, has anyone here even heard of this guy? He sure was a good player for a few seasons. In 80, 81, 82 with St. Louis, he scored 185 points in 219 games. The downside? The rest of his career in the NHL is just 236 games long and contains 97 points. (he also played 2 WHA seasons, scoring 57 points in 1978)

Zuke was a noted defensive player, placing 10th in Selke voting in 1981. Scouting reports also confirm his excellent two-way play. He was a true special teams specialist, scoring a measly 0.32 adjusted ESPPG but 0.22 more on the PP, as well as killing 37% of his team's penalties, for teams 7% better than average on the PK.

Biggest downfall for Zuke? His short career in the NHL. He played a full college career, so he was 23 when he became a full-time WHA player and 24 when he got to the NHL, but they made him have a CHL apprenticeship too. He was a college star too, making the WCHA all-star team in 1974, 1975, and 1976, scoring 310 points in 163 college games.

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