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Big surprises, the late bloomers

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11-09-2007, 07:08 AM
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Big surprises, the late bloomers

I am heralding the 70s era but i remember a guy named Warren Perry who toiled in the minors for years then got his break in the NHL for Pittsburgh Penguins and ended up being a 50 goal scorer at age 29.

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I am heralding the 70s era but i remember a guy named Warren Perry who toiled in the minors for years then got his break in the NHL for Pittsburgh Penguins and ended up being a 50 goal scorer at age 29.
Warren Young?

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I am heralding the 70s era but i remember a guy named Warren Perry who toiled in the minors for years then got his break in the NHL for Pittsburgh Penguins and ended up being a 50 goal scorer at age 29.
I think you are thinking of Warren Young who scored 40 in 84-85 as a 29 year old rookie.

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I believe Mario had a lot to do with him being a 40 goal scorer.

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Mike Knubble comes to mind.

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Bill Guerin became a 40-goal scorer at age 30.

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What is considered a late bloomer? A player that has played in the NHL a while and finally hits his stride later in his career, or a player that has toiled and played well elsewhere and makes an impact his first season or two in the NHL.

For me it's the first one. So that excludes guys like Tim Thomas who dominated in the AHL and Finland before becoming successful in the NHL.

Some mentioned Knuble. Another is Sheldon Souray

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Ed Jovanovaski.

He was a late bloomer when he was a tot. He didn't play hockey until age 12!

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In my opinion; Martin St.Louis was a late bloomer and Cristobal Huet has been a big surprise.

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Johnny Bower is probably the definitive answer to this question - basically a career minor-leaguer until aquired by Toronto at the age of 33, then turns in a HHOF career.

Was fairly common in the Original 6 era for guys to be stuck in the minors for a long time and not get their NHL chance for several years. Especially in Chicago, where Pierre Pilote, Pat Stapleton, and Ken Wharram all minor-leaguers until the age of 25 and didn't really become 'stars' until they were in their 30s.

Dwayne Roloson recently is another guy who was a nobody until after the age of 30.

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Yvon Lambert of the Montreal Canadiens.

He didn't start playing organized hockey till the age of 16.

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In the mid-seventies, goaltender Ross Brooks got called up to the Bruins where he played back-up. Brooks finished his 3 year (and only NHL) stint playing 54 games. The most amazing thing about this is that he only lost 7 of those games.

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I think you are thinking of Warren Young who scored 40 in 84-85 as a 29 year old rookie.
Remember his great nickname:

WARREN OLD

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Love him or hate him, Todd Bertuzzi. It took him a while to come into his own and become the power forward that had the best combo of size and skill since Lindros. His big season was 01-02 when he was probably a top 5 player

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