35. Curtis Leschyshyn

35. Curtis Leschyshyn

Curtis Leschyshyn was able to play over 1,000 Games in the National Hockey League (1,033), with slightly over half of them being with the Nordiques/Avalanche.

The 3rd overall pick in the 1988 Draft, Leschyshyn, paid attention to the defensive side of the ice, though he was just as comfortable quarterbacking the power play.  The Defenseman would have two seasons where he finished in the top ten in Plus/Minus, peaking with a second place rank (+29) in 1994-95.  He would also place sixth in Defensive Point Shares that year.

The Nordiques relocated to Colorado in 1995, and Leschyshyn was a member of the organization’s first ever Stanley Cup Championship.  That was essentially the end for the Defenseman in Colorado, as he was traded to Washington early in the next season.

Overall, Leschyshyn had 141 Points for the team.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defence
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 3rd Overall in the NHL Draft 6/11/88.
  • Departed: Traded to the Washington Capitals with Chris Simon for Keith Jones and Washington’s 1998 1st Round Pick (which would be Scott Parker) and 4th Round Pick (which would later be traded back to Washington who chose Krys Barch) 11/2/96.
  • Games Played: 522
  • Notable Statistics: 34 Goals, 107 Assists, 141 Points, 431 PIM, .27 PPG, -35 Plus/Minus, 20.2 Point Shares, 6 Points in 26 Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Stanley Cup Champion (1996)
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