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Greg Adams !!!

Awards and Achievements:
NHL All-Star (1988)

Offensive Accomplishments:
743 Points in 1056 NHL Regular Season Games
42 Points in 81 NHL Play-off Games

IIHF Points - 11th(1990)
IIHF Goals - 4th(1990)

Scoring Percentages:
Points – 68, 63, 52, 49, 45, 44, 40, 40
Goals – 65, 57, 57, 48, 43, 43, 41
Assists – 52, 52, 42

Best 6 Seasons: 321

Team Scoring Placements:
Points – 1st(1986), 2nd(1988), 2nd(1996), 3rd(1990), 3rd(1991), 3rd(2000), 4th(1999), 5th(1992),
Goals – 1st(1986), 1st(1990), 2nd(1988), 2nd(1991), 2nd(1996), 3rd(1992), 3rd(1997), 4th(1999), 4th(2000)

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
A native of Nelson, British Columbia, Greg Adams played his junior hockey with the Kelowna Buckaroos of the BCJHL. At the age of 20 he enrolled at the University of Northern Arizona, deciding it would be prudent to achieve an education. During his two seasons at the school, Adams became one of the top offensive performers in the ACHA. NHL scouts took note of Adams's scoring prowess, especially during the 1983-84 campaign, when he netted 44 goals and 73 points in just 26 games.

In the summer of 1984, the New Jersey Devils, who offered him a free-agent contract, approached Adams. During his first year as a pro, Adams spent half the season with the Devils and the other half in the minors with the Maine Mariners where he developed into a stronger two-way player. In 1985-86 Adams won a spot on the Devils roster and in his first full season in the NHL responded with 35 goals and 77 points.

After another season in New Jersey, Adams was traded to the Vancouver Canucks along with goalie Kirk McLean. It was in Vancouver that Adams spent the bulk of his NHL career and is also where he enjoyed most of his personal successes. In over seven seasons with the Canucks, Adams was often relied upon to spearhead the offensive charge along with the likes of Pavel Bure and Trevor Linden. Adams was a homegrown boy from Nelson. "In my first game with Vancouver, we played the St. Louis Blues," Adams recalled. "I scored four goals." He potted a career-high 36 goals in 1987-88, when he played in all 80 Canuck games, which was a rarity throughout his career, suffering from an assortment of nagging injuries, which often kept him on the sidelines.

The highlight of Adams's career came in 1994, when the Canucks came within one game of winning the Stanley Cup, only to lose the deciding seventh game to the New York Rangers. Adams is perhaps best remembered for his two clutch playoff goals that postseason. The first was against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Five of the 1994 Conference Finals, the overtime winning goal to complete a comeback from three goals down. The goal sent the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Finals. Adams then managed to top that when he scored the winning goal in Game One of the finals against the Rangers, but in the end they came up one victory short of the title.

Adams spent three years with the Dallas Stars, but once again found himself on the sidelines when the injury bug hit on more than one occasion. The Stars traded Adams to the Los Angeles Kings at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, although he never actually played for them. Wanting to prove he could still play in the NHL, Adams signed a free-agent contract with the Phoenix Coyotes in 1998, and he responded with two consecutive 40-plus point seasons. Adams suited up for his 17th and final season in 2000-01 with the Florida Panthers.

Scouting Reports:
Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1986-87
Blossomed into a terrific free agent find… led devils in goals, assists, points, shots… tall and lean, he gained significant bulk prior to last season… engaging personality, he’ll be a quiet leader someday.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1986-87
Adams rates well in his skating, puck handling and shooting categories. He is strong on his skates and takes long strides, so he is able to out-distance the opposition without having to go 100 mph. He has good hands, and can use his reach effectively, a la Mario Lemieux. That means Adams can hold the puck away from his body and tease the defense with it, but can keep the pick away from them. Adams has excellent anticipation, something every goal scorer must have, and uses that skill to get into position to fire a hard wrist shot and an occasional slapshot from the slot or blueline. Adams’ defensive play is average and he could be a little more involved in his own zone. But he has the ability to be a 40-goal scorer…

Adams is big but rangy, and he doesn’t use his size to his advantage defensively, sometimes being wrestled off the puck by smaller defensemen or forwards. Greg must bulk up his body, eliminate some of the lankiness and replace it with muscle. He’s not a big hitter but offensively he uses his reach well and has strong hands. Adams has a real good attitude, determined to make the most of the chance he’s been given. He works hard and gives a spark to the team with his efforts. Adams also gives the Devils someons the opposition has to pay attention to, a player who can do a little damage offensively and open things up for his teammates.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1987-88
was slow recovering from a concussion last season… lean and rangy with great stick extension. Dangerous on the PP.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1988-89
Adams has good to excellent finesse skills that can be put to work fairly well inside the offensive zone. He has a long skating stride and good balance, and he combines good puckhandling ability with that skating skill to penetrate toward the net. He does not have a lot of speed, nor is he particularly agile on his skates, so most of his movement will be up and down, rather than lateral. He uses his outstanding reach to get around the defense, but that became an all-too predictable play on his part and he was easily handled. Greg must learn to move his feet more and he must also think about using the sides of the rink and not just charging straight ahead.

Lack of strength hurts Adams’ game tremendously. He can be taken off the puck by smaller men and so his size – except for his reach – is negated fairly easily. He must develop his strength in order to compete successfully night after night against NHL opposition… last year, as he drifted from one slump to another, he just drifted on the ice as well. He didn’t work to free himself from checks, didn’t work to create opportunities offensively, didn’t work period. All in all, a successful sophomore slump… when he is going, Adams is the closest thing the Devils have to a true goal scorer. Unfortunately, Adams no longer surprised anyone in the NHL last year, and he mist reapply himself and correct his weaknesses to be successful again.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1989-90
The thing that powers Adams as a scorer is his anticipation. He gets into position to score very well and that sense makes his other finesse skills better. He is a good, but not outstanding skater in terms of speed and agility, but his long stride can carry him past the opposition. Once in the clear his good balance lets him lean and swoop inside and around the opposition, but he is not a very agile player in terms of quick turns or stops and starts. He could improve his skating by improving his foot speed; that way he’d snare more loose pucks around the goal by going for them, instead of reaching for them as he does now… His straight-at-the-goal style is complemented by his puckhandling and reach. Greg carries the puck well when he moves up ice and he uses his reach and balance to lean away from the defense and head to the net. Adams’ shot is good, a hard wrist shot released fairly quickly. He has the strength to blow a few past the goaltender from farther out, but he’s going to move in closer for his goals. That shot and ability to get open make him a power play regular.

Greg doesn’t play a physical game and his lack of strength is one good reason why. He has great size in terms of height and reach, but he lacks the bulk to make a physical game work. Improved strength would be of great benefit to his game. He uses his reach excellently to snare loose pucks, and Adams is very good at shielding the puck with his body. When he works to free himself from his checks, Adams will be successful. His movement creates openings in the offensive zone and the defense has to respect his scoring ability. But Greg’s problem is one of inconsistent effort (especially defensively)
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1990-91
Greg succeeds as a scorer because of his ability to get into scoring position… he’s an unexceptional skater, but he does have very good balance… Greg carries the puck well when he moves up-ice but because he lacks the requisite agility he could not be considered a puckhandling threat; he’ll succeed by keeping the puck away from the defense because of his reach.

Adams has exceptional reach, but his great size is contradicted by his lack of strength… he has no real bulk… his wingspan is almost unmatched in the league (only Mario Lemieux and Joel Otto come to mind)… Adams does this good-year-bad-year thing, so this season is supposed to be a good year. He has certain exceptional things, but Greg hasn’t shown any signs of doing the things necessary to improve his game and raise it to a consistent level. And his defense is so poor, he practically renders his offense useless.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1991-92
Adams is a goal scorer (sometimes) and he plays like a goal scorer. He shoots the puck with good strength and quickness, and he gets himself into good shooting position near the net. He can also bring the puck from a distance… His defense suffers by virtue of his slow skating and poor reads of the ice… he’s an inconsistent player who has shown no sign of making his game a dependable one.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1992-93
Adams is a good open ice skater and has some shifty moves. He is very mobile, and can go inside/outside with the puck to set up his shots. Adams likes to shoot, and is very accurate with snap shot that he always uses over the slap. It takes less time to use that weapon, and it complements what speed he has, plus the feints, that force the goalies to react while in motion. He is not, however, a distance threat because the snap loses its effectiveness from long range. Adams is an attentive checker, but as that is not a teamwide trait, he has spent the last few seasons on the minus side of the ledger.

An honest player, Adams stands up for himself. He maximizes his height by using his reach effectively to shield the puck… one of his team’s top players talent-wise, yet the respect is more within the Canucks dressing room than in the quarters of other teams. He isn’t THE Vancouver player that opponents worry about, Linden is. But with more determination and grit, more impact, Adams could lift his team, help it set and attain loftier goals. He would have to stay in the lineup more to achieve that aim, however, and find some way to add bite to a quiet game.
Originally Posted by Sharks and Prey 1992-93
Playing alongside Larionov and Bure for most of the season, Adams quietly piled up 30 goals and seems to be the designated forward to come back into his own zone. He spent a lot of time watching Igor and Pavel dangling with the puck, but his value should not be underestimated. He even put in a relativey injury-free season, losing only 4 games this past year. Not afraid to muck in the corners, Adams has the size to come out with the puck and has some decent moves of his own.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1993-94
Before leaving the Canucks, Igor Larionov said in his entire career, he had never played with a more unselfish linemate than Adams. There aren’t many higher compliments. Adams has great speed, a hard shot from the wing, and may be the team’s best player at driving to the net. He never takes the easy way, though; instead he takes the straightest path. If there are people in the way, Adams usually takes a checker or a defenseman with him, often ends up bouncing off posts and crossbars, and usually ends up paying some kind of physical price for having attempted the scoring play. While he often gets up a head of steam, steps into the puck and shoots from the wing, that is always a second option. Adams prefers to try to beat the defenseman one-on-one first, get closer to the net and then shoot. Adams was always an attentive checker in the defensive zone, but his play there improved this season.

The way he goes to the net makes Adams anything but a perimeter player. While he is not an eager hitter, his rushes to the net qualify him as a significantly physical player. He is not a fighter, but no opponent is going to intimidate him. He more than accepts the checking attention he receives as the top-scoring LW on the team, but merely works harder to shed the checker rather than getting frustrated into a penalty he has no interest in taking. Adams is a quiet man, easygoing off the ice, so if you want a catch phrase for him, it is “quietly efficient”. He is an extremely underrated, extremely important scorer and an extremely important player who is also a gentleman; that makes him no less of a game player, however.
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1993-94
enjoyed a resurgence once he returned home to play for Vancouver… an up-and-down winger, Adams plays with a mixture of conservatism and reliability. He’s an excellent finisher… he has played only one full schedule but has enjoyed excellent production even in a diminished time frame.. despite his large frame, Adans doesn’t play a physical style, and injuries have hampered him. Last year he was on his way to a career year before suffering a charley horse when Nick Kypreos caught him with an open-ice check… Adams is a stedy, if unspectacular winger who works hard every shift and has outgrown an earlier propensity to fall into slumps and doldrums. In a winning environment, he has enjoyed a productive career.

WILL – find the net
CAN’T – play physically
EXPECT – 25 goals
DON’T EXPECT – a grinder
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1994-95
The Canucks missed Adams grievously when he was sidelined twice during the season with injuries. Pavel Bure missed him most of all, since Adams was the lone Vancouver winger who could keep pace with the Russian Rocket. Adams has terrific speed, deceptive because he is such an efficient skater that his skating looks effortless.

He can shoot a hard slap shot on the fly off the wing, but most of his goals come from within five feet of the net. He drives fearlessly to the goal, and he likes to arrive by the most expedient route possible. If that means crashing through defensemen, then so be it. Adams has good shifty moves in deep and is an unselfish player. He played a lot of center early in his career and is as good a playmaker as finisher. One of the few knocks on him is that he should shoot more, but playing with Bure, he doesn’t get as many opportunities. Pavel loves to shoot, and Adams’ job is to get to the net for rebounds. His +/- is no accident. He has worked hard at improving his defensive awareness and has become a complete hockey player.

Adams’ crease crashing style exacts a price, and he is nearly always wearing an ice pack or getting medical attention for a nick or bruise somewhere on his person. Yet he always comes right back for more. He is physical and tough without being an aggressor. Adams does not fight, and considering the checking attention he gets, he remains remarkably calm and determined, seldom taking bad retaliatory penalties. He just gets the job done. Adams is one of the more underrated players on a Canucks squad that has enjoyed some success over the past two seasons. He always shows up for the opening faceoff and is battling through the final buzzer.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 1994-95
reliable yet oft-injured… was invaluable force in playoff drive toiling on 1st line with Linden and Bure. Powerful and aggressive with good scoring touch.
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1994-95
There’s nothing fancy about Adams. He skates up and down his wing and is rarely caught out of position. His linemates always know where to find him with the puck. He has good hands and doesn’t quit on a puck, driving to the net and finishing his plays. He has a good shot and will let fly from the wing, but usually takes the puck to the net. His size makes him effective in the slot. For his size, Adams doesn’t play a physical game and is beginning to spend nearly as much time in the lineup as in the medical room.. whatever Adams can contribute is pure gravy. The deal that landed him in Vancouver continues to be one of the biggest steals in franchise history, considering what he and McLean have provided in turning the Canucks into a winning organization…

WILL – score regularly
CAN’T – dodge the injury bug
EXPECT – 25 goals, when healthy
DON’T EXPECT – a physical player
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1995-96
serious injuries continue to dog Adams. A midseason operation on his hand left it difficult for him to handle the puck, and when he tried gamely to perform, he was compromised by the ailment… he is tougher than he looks.
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1995-96
In Dallas, his size and skating will be valuable… Adams is smart and consistent, and plays his wing conservatively. His ability to hold his ground in the slot makes him an effective PP weapon… the Canucks are a big, crash-and-smash team, and Adams had the size to join in the fun, but he simply couldn’t – or wouldn’t – play a physical game. Despite his size, he has a reputation for spending an excessive amount of time on the injured list… In the 1994 Stanley Cup semifinals, Adams scored a dramatic OT goal that put the Canucks in the finals for the first time in 12 years. He added another OT winner in game one of the final.

WILL – add veteran leadership
CAN’T – find 30-goal range
EXPECT – steady play if healthy
DON’T EXPECT – overly physical play
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1996-97
Adams is a coach’s dream. He’s smart and predictable. He doesn’t take a lot of chances or get caught out of position. He has a goal scorer’s hands around the net and has the size to penetrate the slot and hang tough in front. He shoots well and can fire with mustard from the outside…He fits the Stars’ defensive style but rarely goes out of his way to deliver a hit or send a message. Throughout his career, he has often been criticized for playing “soft”. He has battled injuries, but in recent times, however, his health has been fine. Adams is a killer in the clutch.

WILL – play a leadership role
EXPECT – smart, clutch game
DON’T EXPECT – a heavy hitter
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1996-97
Adams is faster than he looks because he has a long, almost lazy stride, but covers a lot of ground with an apparent lack of effort… one of his best scoring moves is a high backhand in tight. He always has his head up and is looking for the holes… always appreciated by his coach and teammates because of his attitude and work habits.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 1996-97
Oft-injured winger was starting to hit his stride before breaking hand in March. Big and strong with good speed; however he does tend to lose confidence when things aren’t going well.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 1996-97
a good 2nd line player. Uses his size to his advantage and has soft enough hands around the net to contribute offensively. Biggest knock is that he always seems to get injured just when he gets things going during the season. Staying healthy all season long is a major goal. If he can, he will be an important part of this team. He has a good work ethic and this can rub off on some of the Stars’ young prospects.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1997-98
Adams has a light frame and always plays hard, which is why he is so vulnerable to injury
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 1997-98
played really well and led the Stars in goals before being sidelined in goals before being sidelined in December… injury prone, 30-goal scorer with somewhat of a power-forward style. Natural goal scorer’s flair and hands. Clutch performer. Often gets his chances close in and has the size, strength and kamikaze attitude required to drive to the net. Reliable defensively. Fragile athlete who’ll miss 20 games per season on average. Mediocre skater.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 1998-99
The injury barrage continued for hard-luck veteran, including Marchment cheapshot #3, and subsequent knee surgery… when healthy, he is a productive winger with good size and speed who isn’t afraid to crash the net looking for seconds. Re-aggravated an old neck injury during the playoffs and risks permanent damage if he continues playing.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1998-99
He played despite a degenerating disk in his neck, an injury that will probably end his career. For someone who spends as much time getting whacked in the high traffic areas, he has a remarkably long fuse. He remains calm and determined, seldom taking bad retaliatory penalties… He can accomplish so much when he is in the lineup, but you can never count on a full season out of him.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 1999-00
The LW had another solid season and remined virtually injury-free for the first time in years. Has been with several organizations, but has always put up decent numbers. A rangy forward with a nice touch from close in.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 1999-00
proved a valuable 2nd line addition, but could not evade the injury bug that has dogged his career after a nagging groin injury limited him to just three postseason appearances. Strong skating finesse winger has good speed, size and hands, and was a consistent producer throughout the year.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1999-00
Has excellent hands for re-directions and rebounds – not as good as Joe Nieuwendyk’s, but close… he reads his defensemen’s pinches well and is always back to cover up at the point
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2000-01
an extremely popular player with his teammates and fans. You keep waiting for Adams to fade, but he keeps coming back with a serviceable season.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 2000-01
stayed relatively healthy for the second straight year, and continued to supply vital offense… smart, strong skating winger with good hands, he plays a steady two-way game and effectively uses his size and speed to drive for scoring positions.

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