1. Teemu Selanne

Teemu Selanne was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 1988, but he didn't arrive in Winnipeg until 1992, having developed his native Finland skills.  Selanne had 76 Goals as a rookie, and the “Finnish Flash” was a star…who was surprisingly traded during the 1995-96 to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Selanne never had a 76 Goal season for the Ducks, but new rules and defensive schemes were more of the culprit.  Selanne was still a goal-scoring machine by what was the new standard.  The Right Wing lit the lamp 51 times in Anaheim's first full year, with 109 Points finishing fifth for the Hart, and earning First Team All-Star honors for the first time since his rookie year. Selanne took his new team to their first playoff series and did so again the year after, where he led the NHL in Goals (52) and was third in Hart Trophy voting.  While Selanne’s goal production slipped to 47 Goals in 1998-99, it was enough to again finish first in Goals, winning the first ever Maurice Richard Trophy for the most Goals.  Sadly, that year saw the Mighty Ducks fail to make the playoffs, and after the team’s poor start in 1999-00, Selanne was traded to San Jose Sharks before the trading deadline. This, however, would not be the last time that Selanne played in Southern California.

After two full years in San Jose, a season in Colorado, and one back in Finland during the 2004-05 lockout, Selanne signed with Anaheim as a Free Agent in 2005. Selanne scored 90 Points, which was his best season in years, and he won the Bill Masterton Award.  Anaheim was a more complete team, as he took the Ducks to a Conference Final, and the season after, at age 36, he scored 94 Points and led the NHL in Power Play (25) and Game-Winning Goals (10).  Finishing ninth in Hart Trophy voting, Selanne and the Ducks won the Stanley Cup, the first for both parties.  

Selanne continued to play until he was 43, posting an 80 Point season (2010-11) at 40. After the 2013-14 season, he retired with Selanne scoring 988 of his 1,457 career Points and 124.2 of his 172.3 Point Shares as a Duck.  He entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017. 

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Right Wing
  • Acquired: Traded from the Winnipeg Jets with Marc Chouinard and Winnipeg’s 1996 4th Round Pick (which was traded to Toronto, and then to Monreal, and would be Kim Staal) for Chad Kilger, Oleg Tverdovsky, and Anaheim's 1996 3rd Round Pick (which would be Per-Anton Lundstrom) 2/7/96.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the San Jose Sharks for Jeff Friesen, Steve Shields, and San Jose's 2003 2ndRound Pick (which was traded to Dallas and would be Voltech Polak) 3/5/01.

    Acquired (2): Signed as a Free Agent 8/22/05.

    Departed (2): Retired after the 2013/14 Season.

  • Games Played: 966
  • Notable Statistics:

    457 Goals
    531 Assists 
    988 Points 
    471 PIM 
    1.02 PPG 
    +120 Plus/Minus 
    124.2 Point Shares 
    69 Points in 96 Playoff Games

  • Non-NHL Teams:

    Stanley Cup Champion (2007)
    First Team All-Star (1997)
    Second Team All-Star (1998 & 1999)
    All-Star Game (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2007)
    Maurice Richard Trophy (1999)
    Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (2006) 
    Most Goals (1998 & 1999)
    Most Power Play Goals (1999 & 2007)
    Most Game-Winning Goals (2007)
    Most Goals per Game (1998 & 1999)
    Most Offensive Point Shares (1998)

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