15. Wilf Paiement

We finally have an entry where we get to look at a player before the franchise relocated to New Jersey.  Actually, we have a player before they got to Colorado.  Let’s do one better.  The player in question, Wil Paiement, was the first man drafted by the team.


Taken Second Overall in 1974, Paiement did well in his first two seasons, representing Kansas City in the 1976 All-Star Game.  The Scouts moved to Denver that off-season to become the Colorado Rockies, and he had a pair of 80 Point campaigns, going to his second and third All-Star Game, respectively.   

Paiement was traded to Toronto during the 1979-80 Season, scoring 336 Points for the Scouts/Rockies in total.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Right Wing
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 2nd Overall in the NHL Draft 5/28/74
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs with Pat Hickey for Lanny McDonald and Joel Quenneville 12/29/79.

  • Games Played: 392
  • Notable Statistics:

    153 Goals
    183 Assists 
    336 Points 
    558 PIM 
    .86 PPG 
    -143 Plus/Minus 
    26.7 Point Shares 
    0 Points in 2 Playoff Games

  • Played For: New Jersey Devils
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1976, 1977 & 1978)

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