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Mike Bullard !!!

Awards and Achievements:
Pittsburgh Penguins Captain (1984-86)

Scoring Accomplishments:
329 Goals in 727 NHL Regular Season Games
11 Goals in 40 NHL Play-off Games

Points – 11th(1988), 19th(1984)
Goals – 7th(1984), 9th(1988), 18th(1986)

Scoring Percentages:
Points - 79, 76, 67, 63, 56, 50, 49, 43
Goals - 91, 87, 71, 56, 55, 53, 52

Best 6 Seasons: 391

Teamm Goal-Scoring Placements:
1st(1982), 1st(1984), 2nd(1986), 2nd(1987), 2nd(1988), 2nd(1990), 4th(1985), 4th(1989), 5th(1983)
Points: 1st (1984), 2nd (1988), 2nd (1986), 3rd (1990), 4th (1985), 4th (1987), 5th (1982), 5th (1989)

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Mike Bullard spent three seasons with the Brantford Alexanders of the OHA from 1978-1980. During that time, he collected 356 points in only 174 games?an impressive result that would have kept a few scouts awake at night, fearing the thought of missing him in the NHL draft. When the big day came in 1980, the Pittsburgh Penguins used their first choice to secure his rights.

Bullard made his NHL debut with the Pens at the end of the 1980-81 season. His return the following year marked the start of a very solid five plus seasons in Pittsburgh highlighted by exceeding the 30-goal plateau three times, including a career-high 51 markers in 1983-84.

Bullard was traded to the Calgary Flames midway through the 1986-87 season. The following year, he put up the best numbers of his career?108 points in one season. But the Flames saw a chance to pry Doug Gilmour away from the Blues, so they used Bullard as collateral.

But he lasted only 20 games in St. Louis before being dispatched to the Flyers where he continued to put up solid numbers. In 1990, however, he decided to try his hand at playing hockey in Switzerland. He liked the experience although the NHL always remained his top priority. So when an opening surfaced with the Leafs, he was quick to traverse the Atlantic for one final season in the big leagues.

After a flat campaign in Toronto, though, Bullard left the NHL for good to pursue a lengthy career in Switzerland and Germany.
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Mike broke into the NHL after a very impressive three-year junior career with Brantford of the OHA. He collected an impressive 356 points in 174 games which led to his first round selection in the 1980 Entry Draft (9th overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bullard made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh at the end of the 1980-81 season and he played parts of seven seasons with the Penguins. Over that period, Mike recorded four 30-goal campaigns, including a career-high 51 goal season in 1983-84. He also played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1984 and he represented Canada at the 1986 World Championships.

Bullard was traded to Calgary midway through the 1986-87 season in exchange for Dan Quinn. He played parts of two seasons with the Flames, including the 1987-88 season when he recorded career-highs in assists (55) and points (103) during the 1987-88 season.

Disappointingly for Mike, Calgary traded the slick scoring center to St. Louis prior to the beginning of the 1988-89 season. Bullard, Craig Coxe and Tim Corkey were traded in exchange for Doug Gilmour, Mark Hunter, Michael Dark and Steve Bozek. It was unfortunate for Mike because the Flames went on to win the Stanley Cup in 1989. Bullard would be traded to Philadelphia after just 20 games in St. Louis.

Bullard playing one more full season in Philly in 1989-90 before going over to Europe to play the 1990-91 season in Switzerland.

His NHL absence was short lived though, as "Bully" returned to the NHL for the 1991-92 campaign with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He scored 14 goals and 28 points in what proved to be his final NHL season. In total Mike played 11 seasons in the NHL. He play in 727 regular season games, totalling 329 goals, 345 assists and 674 points. He added another 44 points in 40 playoff contests.

After his 11 seasons of pro hockey in North America, Bullard continued his hockey career in Europe. He played one season in Switzerland moving to Germany for a number of seasons.

Scouting Reports:
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey – 1982-83
General manager Baz Bastien made a smart choice hen Penguins selected young, all-around center in first round of the 1980 draft… Difficult for opponents to check and doesn’t back away from physical aspecy of play.
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey – 1983-84
Probably the most gifted player on the club… A real work-horse… Very coachable, very likeable… Challenging Pat Boutette for honor of best two-way player on team.
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey – 1984-85
”The Bullt”… “He’s by far our best player,” says GM Ed Johnston… One-man offense for weak, wobbly last-place Penguins in 1983-84… Moves skillfully to net… Needs to utilize his linemates more… Center who could improve playmaking… Suspended briefly last season by coach Lou Agnotti for cerfe violations with teammate Andy Brickley.
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey – 1985-86
Gifted gol scorer, had 51 in 1983-84, but slid back to 32 last year as the trade rumos swirled… Penguins worried about his lack of off-ice discipline.
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey – 1986-87
Promised by management that he was not trade bait, he responded with 41 goals… Benefited, like most of his teammates, by emergence of Mario Lemieux. As second center, often avoided drawing opponents’ best checkers... Team captain.
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey – 1987-88
Had his problems with coach Bob Berry, prompting the trade… Has excellent lateral movement into the slot… Weight has been known to fluctuate… Eats well.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1986-87
The Finesse Game
Bullard’s skating is exceptional, particularly because of his acceleration and speed which allow him to pull away from defenders (change gears, as it were) once he finds the holes.

He is aided in that ability to find the holes by very good anticipation, something that also serves him well on both the power play and penalty kill units. He is most definitely a threat to score a short-handed goal, so defenses must be aware of him.

Bullard is also a good passer, but doesn’t see the ice as well as expected. Still, he is very valuable on the power play, mostly as the finisher because he is an excellent goal scorer, both with the slapshot and wristshot and his anticipation tells him where to be while his speed gets him there, preferably as close between the circles.

Mike’s puckhandling is good, but the defense game is where he is acking and that’s no secret. Defense, more than anything else, is Bullard’s weakness and probably will continue to be.

The Physical Game
Physically, Bullard is stronger than he looks, but he is not a physical player by any means. He has become more of a hard worker than he’s ever been before and that’s a positive change.

The Intagibles
As far as being coachable, Bullard’s not the most coachable on the team; he’s pretty set in his ways. But again, he had changed to improve his attitude an awfu lot as he’s grown up in the NHL.

Mike Bullard is a very talented and very important part of the Pittsburgh Penguins. If he continues to mature emotionally, befitting his role as captain, he ill improve as a player.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1987-88
The Finesse Game

Bullard is also a good passer, a skill he learned in Calgary because he never passed while a Penguin. His puckhandling is good, certainly good enough to keep uo ith his skating, but his goal scoring ability is excellent.

Mike shoots off the pass very well, especially on hi soff wing. Both his slap shot and wrist shot are effective weapons.

Defensively, Bullard has learned to play positional hockey and will stay with his check into the Calgary zone.

The Physical Game
He is not a physical guy himself, but Bullard ill take his punishment to make his plays. He has good strength and uses it to shrug off defenders along the boards, and he also uses his body very well to shield the puck.

The Intangibles
Bullard has learned the tam concept in Calgary and has changed his attitude about the game. That demonstrates a maturity many though lacking from Bullard’s make-up.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1988-89
The Physical Game

Mike is also taking the body more – at both ends – than he has previously, but he is not a crushing hitter.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1989-90
The Intangibles

Positively, his work ethic remains good (something he learned in Calgary) and that should continue.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1990-91
The Finesse Game
Bullard is a skilled offensive player, as his almost point-per-game NHL average testifies. With a decade of NHL hockey taking its toll on his body. Bullard’s hands are now his best finesse weapon. He’s a gifted puckhandler and shooter, shooting well off the pass. He has a good selection of shots (especially from his off wing), and he has a goal scorer’s ability to find the scoring position.

Speed has been his primary skating asset, and it was that skill that brought Bullard to those scoring positions. He has a good degree of balance and agility, resulting in good lateral movement. Because of his ability in open ice, Bullard is a natural for power play duty.

Bullard can use his skills to ork well with his teammates, but he is more apt to look to the net than he is to his wings. His defense is no better than average.

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