35. Jari Kurri

Jari Kurri was one of the legends in Edmonton in the 1980s, winning five Stanley Cups with the Oilers and earning five post-season All-Star Selections.  Kurri returned to Europe after the fifth Cup win, but on May 30, 1991, his rights were traded twice, first to Philadelphia, who subsequently dealt him to Los Angeles to reunite him with Wayne Gretzky, and just like that, Kurri was ready to return to North America.

Kurri was not the explosive player he once was but was still an above-average Right Wing.  Playing for L.A. for four-and-a-half years, Kurri averaged .89 Points per Game, and was an All-Star in 1993, the same year the Kings went to the Stanley Cup Finals.  That year he scored 87 Points, his best with Los Angeles.  He left L.A. when he was traded to the New York Rangers, where coincidentally, he again joined a former Oiler legend, Mark Messier.

Kurri was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Right Wing
  • Acquired: Traded from the Philadelphia Flyers with Jeff Chychrun for Steve Duchesne, Steve Kasper, and a 1991 4th Round Pick (which would be Aris Brimanis) 5/30/91.
  • Departed: Traded to the New York Rangers with Shane Churla and Marty McSorley for Ray Ferraro, Nathan LaFayette, Ian Laperriere, Mattias Norstrom, and a 1997 4th Round Pick (which would be Sean Blanchard) 3/14/96.
  • Games Played: 331
  • Notable Statistics:

    108 Goals
    185 Assists 
    293 Points 
    171 PIM 
    0.89 PPG 
    -58 Plus/Minus 
    21.3 Point Shares 
    20 Points in 28 Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1993)

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