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34. Owen Nolan

34. Owen Nolan

Drafted number one overall in 1990, Owen Nolan had a slow start as a rookie, only scoring 13 Points in 59 Games, but he would turn it around the following season.

Nolan would light the lamp 42 times as a sophomore (1991-92) and would make the All-Star Team.  He remained strong with a 77 Point year to follow, but injuries took him out of most of the 1993-94 year.  In what would be the last year of the franchise in Quebec, Nolan scored 49 Points in 46 Games and was poised to continue his Point per Game average when the team relocated to Colorado.  Or so we thought.

Early in the year, he was traded for Sandis Ozolinsh, as the Colorado Avalanche felt they needed to shore up their defense.   The Avalanche would win their first Stanley Cup, and Nolan would go to the All-Star Game that year, though, as a San Jose Shark.

Nolan would score 224 Points with a .83 PPG for the organization.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Right Wing
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 1st Overall in the NHL Draft 6/16/90.
  • Departed: Traded to the San Jose Sharks for Sandis Ozolinsh 10/26/95.
  • Games Played: 268
  • Notable Statistics: 117 Goals, 107 Assists, 224 Points, 540 PIM, .83 PPG, -9 Plus/Minus, 20.2 Point Shares, 46 Points in 86 Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1992 & 1996*)

    Most Game-Winning Goals (1994-95)

    *Nolan had already been traded to the San Jose Sharks by the time he was an All-Star.
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