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Jim Peplinski, F

- 6’3”, 210 lbs
- Stanley Cup (1989)
- Calgary Flames co-captain (1985-1989)
- Best points percentages: 48, 48, 48, 42, 36, 35
- Best ES points percentages: 77, 70, 68, 63, 52, 46
- 124 career fights ( 17-16-11 recorded record, listed as a heavyweight fighter.

Originally Posted by legendsofhockey
Over his nine seasons with the club, he established himself as a solid and consistent performer who missed only 21 games during that time?five of which were lost so that he could play in the Calgary Olympics in 1988. During most of his career as a Flame, he was a team leader, skating alongside his co-captain and linemate, Lanny McDonald. Together, they led the Flames through the great battles of Alberta that were waged against their provincial rival, the Edmonton Oilers.
Originally Posted by Hockeydraftcentral
Retired for first time on Oct. 31, 1989. He chose to leave NHL in second year of a four-year contract, a decision that cost him at least $500,000 in guaranteed money. He chose to retire because he had fulfilled his goal of winning the Stanley Cup and wanted to pursue a new career
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1983
Big, strong, hardworking two-way center… not fast or fancy but aggressive and intelligent… gung-ho team player… can play all three forward positions but used mainly at center… solid rookie season with 38 points despite being used mainly in defensive situations… friendly, outgoing attitude and quick wit make him popular with media.
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1984
scoring slumps were the epidemic last year on Flames roster and he was no exception… lack of effort wasn’t the reason because he’s a very hard worker… not fancy but a big, hard-driving two-way player… can play all three forward positions but seems to have found his place at center… gregarious type who is well-liked by the media.
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1985
seems to have settled into his niche as two-way grinder… when he scored 30 goals he appeared to have high-scoring potential… but seasons of 15 and 11 have shown that wasn’t his strength… however, his defensive ability and hard-working approach will keep him employed… not slick or fancy but he’s strong in the corners and a good leader who sticks up for mates…
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1986
not a star but the type of valuable player every team needs… works hard and keeps himself in good physical condition… a spirited, enthusiastic athlete… good leader on and off the ice… sets example for other teammates to follow… has the ability to play well with different linemates… a versatile player… nicknamed “pepper”… works as hard defensively as he does offensively… a skilled center at winning faceoffs… makes clever passes… excels as penalty killer.
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1987
upstaged the Oilers in the playoffs by helping to render the Messier/Anderson combo ineffective… shifted wings to accommodate the arrival of Joey Mullen… plays his new position with all the power of a bulldozer… constantly mentioned in trade talks, but the Flames are reluctant to move him… said to be one of Bob Johnson’s favourite players… checks Glenn Anderson when the rival Oilers come to town.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1986-87
Peplinski is an average skater, not equipped with much speed or agility. He is strong on his skates and fairly well balanced and that’s an important factor in his physical game. He does not have outstanding offensive skills but Jim will score in the 20 goal range for most of his career by standing in front of the net and sweeping home rebounds and other junk… Peplinski as a passer is a little below average because he doesn’t have great hands or great anticipation, but he does get a fairly good read of the ice and combines that with good positional play to be a good checker and defensive player.

Peplinksi is a very physical player. He is tough and strong and hits hard along the boards and in the corners. Peplinski can’t do much after he makes the hits, bit he is strong enough to outmuscle the opposition along the boards. Jim is very hard to knock off his skates because of his balance and strength and that means he can recover from collisions and be in position to make some kind of paly. That sreadiness on his skates also serves him well when he plugs the front of the opposition net and has to withstand the defense’s abuse.

Peplinski is a good team man and a rah-rah, always upbeat type of guy who will do whatever he can to help the team. He’s versatile and can play all three forward positions, giving the Flames some flexibility with their lineup. He is another of the monstrously sized forwards the Flames seem to specialize in; nevertheless, he adds a spark with his enthusiasm and attitude.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1987-88
Just one of two Flames to play all 80 games… For a big guy, Peplinski has a lot of speed. He loves to go outside around the defense before swooping inside, and he can turn up his speed a notch or two to avoid the opposition. He is also strong on his skates and fairly well balanced, important factors in his physical game, but Peplinski is not a particularly agile forward. Jim’s speed will present him with scoring opportunities, but he does not have outstanding offensive or finishing skills… he enjoys playing the LW because he is a right handed shot… he can fight, but that has become an unnecessary part of the game for Peplinski… a leader for Calgary
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1988-89
Surprisingly fast for a big guy… has got a lot of speed, courtesy of his powerful skating stride… doesn’t, however, have great agility… his strength takes him to the front of the net, but don’t expect him to turn the goaltender inside-out… he’ll get his assists because the opposition leaves him a lot of room to operate in, and Peplinski needs that time and space to make his plays… he can fight, and he’s pretty good at it… In many ways he’s a role player with great size.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1989-90
Since strength is the name of Peplinski’s overall game, it should come as no surprise that strength is what gives Jim his finesse abilityies… Surprisingly fast for a man with his size and bulk… his hands lack the necessary softness to finesse the puck from in close…
Originally Posted by overpass
Peplinski was a decent even strength scorer. Comparable drafted forwards with 600+ GP from 1981-89:

Dale Hunter 682 436 0.64
Paul Maclean 604 375 0.62
Mike Foligno 678 417 0.62
Thomas Steen 614 357 0.58
Jim Peplinski 699 390 0.56
Stan Smyl 665 366 0.55
Mel Bridgman 601 315 0.52
Ryan Walter 667 335 0.50
Gaetan Duchesne 601 270 0.45
The 1986 Flames were a very strong team that almost won the cup. In the regular season, Peplinski’s 57 ESP were 21st in the league and led the Flames, by far.

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