I remember the season that he lit it up. I wanted his hockey cards because I thought he was going to be big.
Yeah.. I remember that to.. The year before Steve Heinze, Joe Juneau and Ted Donato all joined the Bruins for the playoff push (I beileve right after the Olympics - back when they didn't allow pros) and made solid contributions.. Then the next year the Juneau, Oates, Kvartalnov line just tore it up...
Would have loved to have seen what that team could have done with a healthy Neely in the lineup..
Who was on Jacques Richard line when he went 52-51-103 in 78 games for Quebec in 1980-81?
Quebec had several talented playmakers that year; it was Peter Stastny`s first season plus they had guys like Tardif, Cloutier, and Ftorek who had all racked up big numbers in the WHA. However, it`s often been speculated that Richard, who had serious drug and alcohol problems throughout his career, was actually briefly able to get his life together after returning to his hometown Quebec City, where he was a huge junior star. Unfortunately it didn`t last long.
I`d also like to mention two ordinary players who racked up extraordinary numbers because of Bernie Federko. Wayne Babych had a 50 goal season once with him, and while we don`t know how Babych`s career would`ve panned out because of injuries, it`s safe to say he wouldn`t have got 50 in normal circumstances. The other is Mark Hunter, his 3 years with Federko in St. Louis he had 112 goals in 218 games (.514 GPG). The rest of his career: 101 goals in 410 games (.246 GPG)
Steve Shutt owes every penny he has, his HOF ring, and his cup rings to his linemate.
Yeah Shutt really benefited from Lafleur although he did have an incredible shot for a little guy and was also a garbage goal scorer at the same time. But no way was he a 60 goal scorer and someone who could lead the league in goal scoring, that is without Lafleur.