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Dean McAmmond, LW/C



McAmmond is a classic "tweener", a poor-man's Brendan Morrison or Daymond Langkow from an ATD perspective. A slightly lesser version of Marty McInnis. He was pretty good offensively, but not great. He was also pretty decent defensively, but not great. He had the willingness to get his nose dirty but was too small to be very effective physically. He had the speed and forechecking ability to be a solid pest but he didn't have the mentality for it. He was just a solid, honest player for a good long time. So it takes this long in the drafting process before we get to the point where we can find a definite spot for him.

McAmmond was a 14.59 minute per game forward for a nice long period of 996 games over 17 seasons. In his 1996-2006 prime, he typically occupied the #6 spot on his team for ice time among forwards. McAmmond was a natural center who played there for his first few NHL seasons before moving to LW on a mostly permanent basis through 2003. From 2004-2010 he was about half wing and half center, taking between 300 and 800 faceoffs a year, usually 3rd-6th on his team in faceoffs. His lack of proficiency in faceoffs (usually around 44%) was probably a big reason why he didn't stick as a permanent center.

McAmmond's 448 points are the most among available players, by a 45-point margin. He didn't exactly get there pretty though. He played 996 games to get there, 5th-most among availables, and two of the players ahead of him are being picked here (not that being useful enough to play 996 NHL games is a bad thing, at all) There is no real standout offensive season on his resume: Two seasons with 50-51 points, and nine seasons with 27-37 points. However, McAmmond didn't get a lot of PP time and was a consistently decent ES scorer. His 329 career ES points are 32 more than any other available player has. (he had 10 seasons with 20-33 ESP)

Also, although his teams had a 0.92 GF:GA ratio throughout his career, his own ratio was an impressive 1.08.

McAmmond was not a true standout in any one area but his overall package is impossible to ignore.

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Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1998-99
McAmmond's chief asset is his speed. He has excellent acceleration and quickness, and uses his speed to forecheck and force the play. He works the boards and the corners; he is effective in open ice as well because of his skating... he handles the puck well in traffic and has good vision to see developing plays. He is unselfish and passes the puck well on the forehand and backhand. He also has a nice shot in tight. He has needed some time to adjust to NHL tempo and now moves the puck more crisply.


McAmmond is feisty and aggressive. He isn't very big but he creates a ruckus in the offensive zone with his tenacity. He will stick his nose in just about anywhere and he can be very irritating to play against. He drives to the net with authority, often right past bigger defenders.
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Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2003
McAmmond is more of a give-and-go kind of player. He is most comfortable with forwards who like to play that style and not with forwards who like to hang onto the puck... he uses his speed better when he doesn't have to try to figure out where his linemates are going with the puck.
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Originally Posted by McKeen's 2005-06
proved an invaluable piece to calgary's run in 03-04, successfully shifting to center during Conroy's injury absence and enjoying a strong run before season-ending surgery to repair a bulging disc... smooth, explosive skater with good puckcarrying skills... valued for his versatility and responsible two-way play but has never developed the finishing skills to fully capitalize on the numerous chances his world-class speed creates... usually more involved and physical as a centerman.
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Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2006-07
perfect in a third line role or subbing as a top-6 forward. He can line up either at center or wing.
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Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2007-08
carved a niche for himself in Ottawa with stellar two-way play and a terrific postseason effort. At 34, McAmmond is the fastest player on the youthful Senators and always gives 100%.


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