The main draft and the minor league draft are finished and yet there are some great or very good hockey players who remain undrafted and could have played a role on a competitive team.
Here is the opportunity to give credit to those whom have been overlooked, and it also provides an opportunity for g.m.s in the minor league draft to pick up (and drop) a player or two (simply announce add/drop requests on this thread). UFAs can be picked up anytime prior to the playoffs.
For every player to ADD, DROP a player. Example: if you want to add a UFA defenseman, then you need to drop a drafted defenseman.
Anyone who knows of an undrafted hockey talent can post them here and a list will be formed thereof (providing a link or description helps).
Last edited by VanIslander: 07-15-2007 at 08:49 PM.
Johnny Gagnon (rw)
Dubbie Bowie (c)
Bob Davidson (lw)
Guy Chouinard (c)
Jim Lorentz (c)
Brian Mullen (lw/rw)
Mike Grier (rw)
Craig Berube (lw)
Chris Nilan (rw)
Mike Eagles (lw)
Miroslav Satan (lw/rw)
Bob MacMillan (c/w)
Sergei Nemchinov (c)
Perk Galbraith (lw)
Eric Vail (lw)
Patrik Sundstrom (c)
Andre Boudrias (c)
Alexei Zhamnov (c)
Sergei Samsonov (lw)
Martin Straka (lw/c)
Matthew Barnaby (rw)
Mike Eruzione (lw)
Sergio Momesso (lw)
Bryan Smolinski (c)
Dave Hunter (lw)
Viacheslav Anisin (c)
Ernie Russell (c)
Walt McKecknie (c)
Billy Harris (c)
Larry Popein (c)
Dutch Reibel (c)
Billy Reay (c)
Bobby Carpenter (c/lw)
Dana Murzyn (d)
Sylvain Cote (d)
Dave Lewis (d)
Harry Mummery (d)
Bert Corbeau (d)
Jim McKenny (d)
Jocelyn Gučvremont (d)
Marc Bergevin (d)
Brendan Witt (d)
Vladimir Malakhov (d)
Shawn Chambers (d)
Bryan Watson (d)
Bob Rouse (d)
Keith Carney (d)
Keith Brown (d)
Luke Richardson (d)
Mike Peluso (d)
Tom Laidlaw (d)
Gord Murphy (d)
Terry Carkner (d)
Cam Russell (d)
Gord Kluzak (d)
Frantisek Tikal (d)
Lloyd Cook (d)
Art Duncan (d)
Hy Buller (d)
Hugh Bolton (d)
Gerry Odrowski (d)
Sheldon Souray (d)
Doug Favell (g)
John Davidson (g)
Earl Robertson (g)
Rick DiPietro (g)
Bun Cook, coach
Icebreakers ADD Howie Young and DROP Shawn Chambers
Bulldogs DROP Tom Laidlaw and ADD Bert Marshall
Leafs ADD (to complete roster requirements): Russ Courtnall, Aaron Broten, Kelly Miller, Garth Boesch, Randy McKay
Halla ADD Alexander Almetov and DROP Viacheslav Anisin
Quebec Bulldogs ADD Bobby Carpenter (replacement for call-up player)
Estevan Strippers ADD Sheldon Souray (replacement for call-up player)
Windsor Bulldogs ADD Marian Gaborik (replacement for call-up player)
Springfield Ice-o-Topes ADD Jason Spezza (replacement for call-up player)
Vancouver Giants ADD Alex Tanguay (replacement for call-up player)
Omaha Icebreakers ADD coach Red Berenson (replacement for call-up player)
Whitby Dunlops ADD Dennis Dejordy (replacement for call-up player)
Penticton Vees ADD Jocelyn Gučvremont (replacement for call-up player)
Estevan Strippers DROP Sheldon Souray
Quebec Bulldogs DROP Bobby Carpenter
Penticton Vees DROP Jocelyn Gučvremont
Last edited by VanIslander: 07-20-2007 at 03:50 PM.
261 points in 454 NHL games (24 points in 32 NHL playoff games). In all-star game (1937, 1939).
Seldom has there been a more colourful character gracing the ice lanes of NHL arenas than this 5'5" speedster. Born on August 6, 1905, Gagnon was one of eleven children brought up in conditions bordering on poverty. Neither of his parents was enthused about his passion for hockey, least of all his father, who used to break his sticks whenever he caught him playing. So, when he was 18, he left home, traveled to Three Rivers on the train, and tried out for the Eastern League's Renards. He was placed on a Bank League squad to improve his game. He so impressed the team's management in an exhibition game that he was promoted to the Senior "A" club the next campaign. There he pulled down the huge salary of $10 a week, $8 of which went for room and board.
Following his second season at Trois-Rivieres, he was home to attend the funeral of another Chicoutimi native, Georges Vezina. Leo Dandurand, President of les Canadiens was in attendance and approached Gagnon about hockey. He acknowledged his obvious abilities but reckoned that he was too small for the NHL. The "Black Cat" challenged him to weigh him and judge for himself. Filling his pockets with rocks, he tipped the scales at 150 lbs., at least 10 lbs. more than his actual weight. He was invited to Montreal's training camp but was farmed out to Quebec City where he spent two seasons. When his team was eliminated from the post season, he was invited to play an exhibition match in Providence for the tidy sum of $100. Because of his performance that night, the Rhode Island team arranged for the fleet-footed right winger to be loaned to the Reds for the next three years. But, when the 1930-31 season got under way, he was sporting the livery of the Flying Frenchmen.
Gagnon was fortunate enough to have the equally petit, but elusive, Aurel Joliat, and the great Howie Morenz, as his linemates. During the Stanley Cup finals of that initial campaign his father passed away. Nevertheless, after the internment he went directly to Montreal to play against Chicago in the best-of-five affair. He was extremely tired but tallied two markers and assisted on a third to win the game and tie the series at two games each. He was the hero in the deciding match, notching both markers in a 2-0 championship victory. Apart from half a season with the Bruins, and an equal amount of time with the New York Americans in his final year, the little pepper-pot stuck with the Canadiens.
He would not have been exiled to Beantown in 1935 had he been able to get along with his coach, Newsy Lalonde. Johnny always felt the former superstar picked on him, and they constantly clashed, with Gagnon losing his temper and refusing to cooperate. But when Montreal fired Lalonde, the kid from Chicoutimi was back where he belonged in the Canadiens' fold.
320 goals, 728 points in 1178 NHL games (59 points in 140 NHL playoff games). In all-star game (1985).
A tale of two careers. His first 5 seasons he was in Washington and amassed a great 172 goals, 354 points in 400 games with 18 points in 27 NHL playoff games. He was a top offensive star. But then his career moved to the Kings, Bruins, Devils where his offensive production waned but he picked up his defensive responsibilities. A young Carpenter can be good for secondary scoring on an all-time team and an older one can be a backline checker, though in both cases there is some attitude issues.
Before Bobby Carpenter, NHL scouts never attended high school games in the United States. After Bobby Carpenter, they all did.
The Hartford Whalers had made public that they would select him with their first pick in the 1981 draft, fourth overall, and Carpenter was looking forward to playing near home. But the night before the draft, Washington made a trade with Colorado, selecting third, and on the big day it was the Capitals, not Whalers that selected him.
Furious, Carpenter, left the Montreal Forum where the draft was running its course, and this was this first of many public relations gaffes that were to dog his career. Carpenter eventually signed with Washington and became the first player to go right from U.S. high school to the NHL, scoring 32 goals as a rookie and setting a record for American-born players when he scored 53 in his fourth year, Ô84-Ő85. The pervious record had been 41 by Joe Mullen.
He became a staple on America's international teams, though the results were not impressive at the 1981 World Juniors, 1984 and 1987 Canada Cups, or 1987 Worlds. In the summer of 1985 he signed a huge four-year contract with Washington, but within a year he had a falling out with coach Bryan Murray. He left the team and forced a trade, to the Rangers, but within weeks his welcome had run out and he was sent to Los Angeles in a deal that brought Marcel Dionne to Broadway. It was his third team in one season, and even that stay didn't last long.
Carpenter played with Boston, Washington again, and New Jersey (where he won his only Stanley Cup) before retiring, never scoring more than 25 goals in any one year after his big season. A superb career fizzled quickly, and he retired with none of the cockiness he had been known for as a young prospect.
297 goals, 744 points in 1029 NHL games (83 pts in 129 NHL playoff games). In all-star game (1994).
... As a rookie with Toronto, he scored 12 goals and 22 points in 69 games. Although his goal production was not as high as the Leafs had hoped for, his tremendous speed opened up opportunities, especially for his linemates.
In 1984, Courtnall also suited up for the Canadian Olympic team, which finished out of the medals at the Sarajevo Games. Upon returning, he rejoined the Maple Leafs. In 1985-86, Courtnall broke the 20-goal barrier, notching 22 to go along with 38 assists for 60 points. His offensive numbers improved the following year with 29 goals and 73 points, but he always seemed unable to please head coach John Brophy, who clearly preferred the big, rough-and-tumble type of players to that of Courtnall's speed and finesse.... In 64 games, Courtnall put up just 39 points with the Habs, but his lightning fast skating and breathtaking moves made him a fan favourite. Some said his style of play reminded them of Yvan Cournoyer of a generation before. Being more at ease with his new club, Courtnall saved his best performance for the playoffs, where the Canadiens advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the Calgary Flames. In 21 post-season games, Courtnall contributed eight goals and 13 points.
Courtnall enjoyed another two-and-a-half years in Montreal before joining the Minnesota North Stars for the 1992-93 season. In 84 games, he managed a career-high 36 goals and 43 assists for 79 points. He followed that up with an 80-point season in the team's first year of play in Dallas. Late in the 1994-95 season, Courtnall was traded to the Vancouver Canucks where he teamed with his brother, Geoff, for 13 games that year.
An impressive 481 points in 531 NHL games with 54 points in 89 NHL playoff games. 22 GWGs and 42 PP goals.
21 points in 23 playoff games in the 2001 NHL playoffs; 13 points in 19 playoff games the season thereafter.
In the 2000-01 season, the finals series pitted the Colorado Avalanche against the New Jersey Devils. In a best-of-seven series, Colorado won game six 4-0 to tie the overall series score at 3-3, resulting in a game seven that would determine the winner of the Stanley Cup. Alex Tanguay got the final goal in that 4-0 victory. In game seven, Tanguay scored the opening two goals in Colorado's 3-1 victory, including the game-winning goal.
...one of the best players of the pre-NHL era of the sport.
Bowie played centre and rover for numerous amateur Montreal teams in the 1890s as a teenager, and for the Montreal Victorias of the CAHL and the ECAHA from the 1896 to the 1908 seasons. He was a five-time scoring champion and scored an unprecedented 234 goals in 80 recorded league games. Bowie played for the Vics' final Stanley Cup champion club in 1898. An accomplished stickhandler who credited his skill to employing an unusually short stick, he was cited in many all-star lists as one of the very best forwards of hockey's first half-century.
On February 20, 1901, Bowie of the Montreal Victorias scored seven goals in a game and was well positioned to dominate the CAHL, and two weeks later, he scored 6 goals against the Montreal Shamrocks. He finished the season with 24 goals, 14 more than his nearest rival. He averaged almost three goals per game, a mark only rivalled by Frank McGee in major senior play.
Bowie never accepted money to play hockey, famously refusing all importuning and turning down large offers, and was quoted as saying, "I am an amateur, was an amateur, and will die an amateur." He weathered a scandal in 1907 where it was alleged that he had taken pay from the professional Montreal Wanderers club, but the allegations were proven baseless -- although the Wanderers did send him a grand piano in anticipation of Bowie's acceptance of their offer, an inducement he refused to receive. He did play against professionals in the ECAHA and IPHL.
Bowie retired from major play in 1909 - along with Harvey Pulford, Harry Westwick and Alf Smith, one of the final players who had played in the 19th century - when the professional National Hockey Association formed and the Victorias faded from major hockey prominence.
He was one of the original inductees of the Hockey Hall of Fame when it was formed in 1945.
254 points in 491 NHL games (22 points in 82 NHL playoff games).
... went by the nickname "Rugged Robert" by his teammates. He played his entire NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played in the NHL from 1933-34 to 1945-46. He played on two Stanley Cup winning teams. His first was in 1941-42 and his second in the 1944-45 season in which he was Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bob Davidson served as Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1943-44 to 1944-45. In 1995 the Board of Directors of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization awarded Bob Davidson with the J.P. Bickell Memorial Award.
399 points in 659 NHL games (22 points in 54 NHL playoff games).
As a junior, Jim Lorentz put in three successful campaigns with the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA from 1964 to 1967. The following year, he turned pro in the Boston Bruins' chain with the Oklahoma City Blazers of the CHL. The young forward made a splash as rookie-of-the-year in his first season. In year two, he led the league in scoring with 101 points in 56 games.
But in spite of his prolific offensive numbers, it was no shoe-in to make a Bruins' lineup on the verge of Stanley Cup glory. Lorentz did, however, squeak his way onto the roster as a fourth-line centreman behind Esposito, Sanderson, and Stanfield. He spent most of his time on the bench, watching Bobby Orr work his magic as his team won the league championship.
With the Sabres, Lorentz finally got enough ice time to establish himself as a solid, two-way player who had a playmaker's touch and the ability to consistently score goals in the range of 20 to 25 per season.
His most notable claim to fame flew into his life during a playoff game against the Philadelphia Flyers in 1975. A bat had decided to take flight in the Memorial Auditorium, swooping down here and there, distracting the players. Goaltender Bernie Parent took a few swipes with his stick to no avail. But during the third period, Lorentz gave it a go with his stick and knocked the little beast to the ice where it died before thousands of onlookers. Meanwhile, the television audience was told it was a bird. This prompted bird-lovers from all around to send letters to the bewildered Sabre condemning him for his deadly actions. Since then, Lorentz has carried the moniker "Batman."
In all, he remained as a Sabres mainstay until 1978.
260 goals, 622 points in 832 NHL games (30 points in 62 NHL playoff games). In all-star game (1989).
...1982-83. The Jets put him on left wing with Dale Hawerchuk and the result was a 50-point rookie season. He kept that spot for the five seasons he played in Winnipeg.
He joined the New York Rangers for the 1987-88 season. This time, he was a regular in the home dressing room of Madison Square Garden. For four seasons he provided the steady production that marked his career. Unfortunately, the Rangers remained mired in their lack of post-season success.
When the NHL expanded to San Jose for the 1991-92 season, Brian Mullen became a Shark. In the first year of the club, he was second in team scoring. In 1992-93, he began playing for the biggest rival of his boyhood Rangers, the New York Islanders. That team produced one of the biggest upsets in modern Stanley Cup play when the Islanders eliminated the two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The series went seven games before the Islanders pulled off the upset in overtime.
Winnipeg Emery Edge Award (+/- Leader): 1982-83 (plus-11)
N.Y. Rangers Boucher Trophy (Most Popular): 1989-90
N.Y. PHWA Mitchell Award (Service to N.Y. Hockey): 1988-89
Winnipeg Playoffs Points Leader: 1984 (3)
Winnipeg Playoffs Assists Leader: 1984 (3)
1991-92: Played on first San Jose Sharks team.
Miscellaneous: Was first player in NHL history drafted off roster of a New York Metropolitan Junior Hockey Association team. ... Had assist in his first NHL game. ... Played on line with Dale Hawerchuk and Paul MacLean for Winnipeg in 1982-83 and 1986-87. ... Played on line with Dale Hawerchuk for Winnipeg from 1983-84 season through 1985-86 season. ...Scored at 7:56 of second overtime of Game 1 of Winnipeg's first-round playoff series vs. Calgary on April 10, 1985... Shifted from left wing to right wing while playing for N.Y. Rangers in 1987-88. ... Played on line with Kelly Kisio and John Ogrodnick for N.Y. Rangers in 1987-88... Joined brother Joe as part of first U.S.-born brother combination to play in the same NHL All-Star Game in 1989. ... Was part of first official player trade in San Jose Sharks history on May 30, 1991. San Jose traded Tim Kerr to N.Y. Rangers for Mullen. ... Scored at 14:50 of second overtime of Game 2 of N.Y. Islanders first-round playoff series at Washington on April 20, 1993.
515 points in 748 NHL games. (25 points in 34 NHL playoff games).
... a solid two-way forward who played over 700 games in the 80s and 90s. Comfortable at centre and left wing, he registered three 20-goal seasons and was effective on both specialty teams.... a top high school player in 1978-79 when he scored seven points in five games for the USA at the World Junior Championships... led the WCHA in goals, assists and points, was placed on the conference's first all-star team and named to the NCAA Championship all-tournament team. He capped off his dream season by playing his first two NHL games and skating for the U.S. at the World Championships.... enjoyed a solid rookie NHL season with 39 points in 58 games.... a versatile player... joined his brother Neal on the U.S. Canada Cup team that reached the semi-finals in 1984.... played for the U.S. at the World Championships in 1986 and 1987 as well as the 1987 Canada Cup. In 1987 and 1988, the talented forward was at his most productive with consecutive 26-goal seasons.
...more of a playmaker and checker for his new club (Minnesota) and was on hand in September when Minnesota ventured to Moscow as part of the Friendship Tour. Before the 1990-91 season commenced, he was claimed on waivers by the lowly Quebec Nordiques. Broten was unhappy on the sad sack Nords and was part of mid-season trade that saw him join teammates Michel Petit and Lucien Deblois in Toronto. The trio helped the Maple Leafs bounce back from a miserable start and play fairly competitive hockey in the second half of the season. Broten retired in 1992 after playing 25 games for the Winnipeg Jets.
463 points in 1057 NHL games. (54 points in 119 NHL playoff games).
... a fine playmaker and checker who played nearly 1,000 NHL games in the 1980s and '90s. His quick hands made him a dangerous passer and a tough opponent on faceoffs.
...represented the U.S. at the 1982 and 1983 World Junior Championships and was named to the CCHA first all-star team after scoring 50 points as captain of the Spartans in 1984-85. Late that season, Miller joined the Rangers for five regular season and three playoff games before playing for Team USA at the World Championships.
In 1985-86, Miller scored 13 goals and played solid defence and helped the team reach the Prince of Wales Conference finals. The next year, he was traded to the Washington Capitals along with Mike Ridley for former 50-goal scorer Bob Carpenter. Miller was one of the Caps' best workers for many years. His creativity on offense and his willingness to stay with his man and backcheck helped the club reach the Stanley semi-finals in 1990 and the final in 1998. He was also the club's NHLPA representative and served as interim team captain twice.
267 points in 693 NHL games (20 points in 58 NHL playoff games).
After leaving college, Grier immediately cracked the Oilers lineup as a checking-line right-winger, scoring 32 points and bearing a respectable +7 +/- rating. He would go on to play six seasons with the Oiler's organization, including two where he scored twenty goals. On 2 October 2002, in what was widely seen as a cost cutting move and an attempt to open up a roster spot for younger players (such as Jason Chimera), Grier was traded to the Washington Capitals for a pair of draft choices.
The Capitals attempted to put a Stanley Cup-calibre team together, primarily built around star forward Jaromir Jagr and goaltender Olaf Kolzig, but the team disappointed on the ice, although Grier remained a reliable checker. Washington traded him after less than two seasons to the Buffalo Sabres for European prospect Jakub Klepis. He finished the season there, playing fourteen games for Buffalo, scoring nine points when Buffalo failed to make the playoffs.
Although the following season was cancelled due to the NHL lockout, in 2005 Grier signed a one-year contract with the Sabres for 1.4 million dollars. Grier played in 81 games for the Sabres in that season and recorded 7 goals and 16 assists for 23 points while also scoring a career-high four game-winning goals. He also scored 3 goals for a total of 5 points in 18 post-season games as well.
During the off-season following the 2005-06 NHL season, Grier became an unrestricted free agent and signed a 3 year, 5.325 million dollar contract with the San Jose Sharks. He expressed the excitement he had to play for such a classy organization, and listed San Jose as his number one choice among the eight teams that attempted to sign him. The contract has a no-trade clause.
Since entering the NHL in 1986-87, left-winger Craig Berube has been an enforcer and grinder on six different NHL clubs. His style was simply to play the man and stand up to the toughest players on the opposition. The veteran has also become a positive influence in the dressing room.
The hard-nosed forward spent most of his first two pro seasons with the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Beginning in 1988-89 he was a regular with the Flyers for three years. He was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in May 1991 but ended up in Toronto before the 1991-92 season started as he was part of the deal involving Grant Fuhr and Vincent Damphousse.
Berube formed a solid grinding line with Mike Foligno and Mike Krushelnyski during the first two months of the season. A season-ending injury to Foligno broke up the line and left Berube looking for a different spot in the line-up. In January 1992 he was part of the ten-player deal that brought Doug Gilmour to the Maple Leafs. Berube spent the 1992-93 season on the strong Flames before he was traded to the Washington Capitals.
The veteran winger found a semi-permanent home in the U.S. capital for the first time in his career. He spent nearly six seasons there and was a part of the club's run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1998. Berube rejoined Philadelphia late in 1998-99 then started bouncing around the league again. He split the 2000-01 season between the Capitals and the New York Islanders before returning to Calgary in 2001-02 where he played his 1,000th career NHL game.
In 2003-04 Berube joined the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms after signing as a free agent on November 18, 2003, and was named a player/assistant coach on January 29, 2004.
... a pugnacious and hard-working right-winger who played nearly 700 NHL games for three different teams. He was an enforcer, a tireless worker in the trenches, and an able scorer.
Nilan was a regular on the Habs for seven and a half years beginning in 1980-81. He scored a career high 21 goals in 1984-85 playing chiefly on a line with Guy Carbonneau and Bob Gainey. The next season, the fiesty winger scored 19 goals and was a physical force when the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup.
Nilan's reputation was such that he was placed on the Americans' 1987 Canada Cup roster... Nilan was traded to the Boston Bruins in June 1990 for Greg Johnston and helped his new team reach the semi-finals in 1991. Midway through the 1992 season, Nilan got his wish to finish his career in Montreal when his original club picked him up on waivers. He retired in 1992 with over 200 points and 3,000 minutes in penalties.
... enjoyed a 13-year NHL career with four teams.... In 1985-86 he landed a roster spot with the Nords and played in 73 games, scoring eleven goals and 12 assists for 23 points as an NHL rookie.... used primarily as a defensive specialist, with the aim being to shut down the opposing team's star players
... always checking the best players; he was a penalty killing star. Coaches used him to shake the team up when they started sleepwalking. Mike Eagles, the Sussex, New Brunswick native, played with such undeniable passion that coaches used his hustle and drive as a measuring quotient for team stars and for everyone to elevate their game.
321 goals, 644 points in 867 NHL games (38 points in 56 NHL playoff games).
He may not like to backcheck but he is a very aggressive forechecker.
... had scored 9 goals in 8 games representing Slovakia at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.... scored the winning goal in an exhibition game against Wayne Gretzky's Ninety-Niners, an all-star team put together by Gretzky during the 1994 NHL lockout.... established himself as a top-line forward and one of the key players of the Buffalo team.... His 35 goals during the 2005-06 season were his highest goal-output since the 2001-02 season, with the Buffalo Sabres. Almost half his 35 goals came on the power play (17), also a career personal best. He led the Islanders in goals in the 2005-06 season. Satan tied for the team lead in points with 66... in 2005-06, Satan went 7-for-10 (70%) and was third in the league in shooting percentage in the shootout.
204 points in 838 NHL games. (19 points in 82 NHL playoff games). 1571 PIM. On NHL all-rookie team (1986).
... 1st choice, 5th overall selection of the Hartford Whalers in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft... WHL First Team All-Star honours... Named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team in 1986, Murzyn finished his inaugural season in Hartford with 26 points. Following his rookie season, Murzyn spent two more years in Hartford before being traded by the Whalers to the Calgary Flames midway through the 1987-88 season.
In 1988-89, Murzyn was key component on Calgary's blue line as the Flames defeated the Montreal Canadiens in six games to capture their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
...Murzyn was dealt to the Vancouver Canucks where he spent eight seasons, returning to the Stanley Cup Finals for a second time in his career in 1994, loosing in seven games to the New York Rangers.
Vancouver Pratt Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman): 1992-93
Vancouver Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1995 (129)
Vancouver Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1996 (25)
1993-94: Was on Vancouver team that lost to N.Y. Rangers in 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, but missed entire finals series due to injury.
Miscellaneous: Was first player in Calgary Wrangers (WHL) franchise history to be picked in first round of an NHL draft ... Paired on defense with Ulf Samuelsson for Hartford in 1986-87... Paired on defense with Al MacInnis for Calgary in 1990-91... Led Vancouver with plus-x rating in 1993-94 ... Led Vancouver with plus-14 rating in 1995
435 points in 1171 NHL games (33 points in 102 NHL playoff games).
... won a silver medal with Canada at the 1986 World Junior Championships and was named a tournament All-Star.... In 1993-94, Cote registered a career-high 51 points and remained a steady performer on the Capitals' defense until being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Jeff Brown in March, 1998. During the 1998-99 season, Cote was instrumental in helping the Leafs improve 28 points to reach the post season for the first time in three years.... helped the Stars reach the Stanley Cup finals
Hartford Most Valuable Defenseman: 1990-91
Hartford Most Improved Player: 1986-87
Washington Records: Most games played in one season (84 in 1993-94, shares record)
Washington Playoffs Assists Leader: 1994 (8)
... Had assist in his first NHL game. The assist came on a goal by Ron Francis, scored on what was only Cote's second shift of the game. ... Played left wing for Hartford at times during 1984-85 season ... Paired on defense with Randy Ladouceur for Hartford in 1987-88. ... Played three games at right wing for Hartford in November 1988 ... Scored 21 goals for Washington in 1992-93, helping Capitals (along with Kevin Hatcher and Al Iafrate) become first team in NHL history to have three defensemen with at least 20 goals. Cote completed the feat by scoring his 20th goal of the season during Washington's April 8, 1993, game at Philadelphia. ... Led Washington with plus-30 rating in 1993-94
223 points in 1008 NHL games (21 points in 91 NHL playoff games).
... a tower of strength in his own end and moved the puck over to his more talented teammates effectively during his 15 years in the NHL. He was an important member of the New York Islanders when they became competitive in the 1970s and later helped solidify the blueline on three other teams.
He looked solid while playing 66 games as a rookie and remained with the club as rose to Stanley Cup contender status over the next six years.
A few weeks before New York launched its Stanley Cup dynasty, Lewis was sent with Billy Harris to the Los Angeles Kings for Butch Goring. He was an important defensive component on a club which had a host of offensive-minded forwards. In 1982, Lewis was a member of the plucky squad that upset the heavily favoured Edmonton Oilers in the first round.
Lewis joined the young New Jersey Devils for three seasons beginning in 1983-84. He was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Red Wings in 1986 and helped the club reach the semi-finals that spring. He retired after playing six games for the Wings in 1987-88.
Centre Sergei Nemchinov was an excellent player in his native USSR who became a solid two-way forward in the NHL. Since joining the league with the New York Rangers in 1991-92, he played in all situations and on both specialty units for four different teams.
He helped the Soviet squad win consecutive gold medals at the World Junior Championships in 1983 and 1984. Nemchinov became a regular on the USSR national team and took part in Rendezvous and the Canada Cup in 1987, and the World Championships in 1989, 1990, and 1991. He also toured the NHL with the Red Army in 1989 and 1991 and the Wings in 1990.
The Rangers chose him 244th overall in 1990 on the off chance they would be able to get him released from his commitments back home. As the Soviet Union began to disintegrate in the early '90s, Nemchinov became available. He scored 30 goals and helped the Rangers finish with the most points in the NHL during the 1991-92 season. Nemchinov became a multi-purpose forward for the club and helped them break a 54-year Stanley Cup drought in 1994
Late in the 1998-99 season, the veteran was traded from the struggling Islanders to the powerful New Jersey Devils. His skill and checking ability were highly valued by Jersey and he scored three goals and won many face-offs when the team captured the Stanley Cup in the spring of 2000. In 2000-01 he continued to play a solid role as the club reached the finals for the second straight year but lost the seventh and deciding game to the Colorado Avalanche.
345 points in 751 NHL games. 31 points in 105 playoffs games. 2 Stanley Cups