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01-20-2012, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
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.
McAmmond is one of those players who would have favoured greatly by post-lockout systems where speed is the most important commodity. Perfect fit for the fast skating Oilers in the late 90s where he used to skate with Marchant iirc.

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