6. Phil Housley

6. Phil Housley

One of the best American born Defenseman in the game’s history, Phil Housley’s 21-year career began with an eight-year run as a Buffalo Sabre.

Housley got off to a great start where he was the runner-up for the Calder, scoring 66 Points.  An All-Star the following season, Housley had 77 Points while finishing fifth for the Norris Trophy, and cracked the 60 Point threshold the next four years, reclaiming the 70 Point mark in 1988-89 in what was his second All-Star season.  

Following this, Housley had his best year in a Buffalo uniform, scoring 81 Points, while earning a third All-Star Game appearance and his second, fifth place Norris finish.  Despite this, it was Housley's last year as a Sabre, as he was part of a transaction that dealt him to Winnipeg for Dale Hawerchuk.

As of this writing, Housley has the most Points by an NHL Defenseman (1,232), 558 of which were with Buffalo.  Housley entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017, a decade after he was enshrined in the Sabres Hall of Fame.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defence
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 6th Overall in the NHL Draft 6/9/82.
  • Departed: Traded to the Winnipeg Jets with Scott Arniel, Jeff Parker, and Buffalo's 1990 1st Round Pick (which would be Keith Tkachuk) for Dale Hawerchuk and Winnipeg’s 1990 1st Round Pick (which would be Brad May) 6/19/90.
  • Games Played: 608
  • Notable Statistics:

    178 Goals
    380 Assists 
    558 Points 
    386 PIM 
    .92 PPG 
    +3 Plus/Minus 
    74.2 Point Shares 
    27 Points in 35 Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star Game (1984, 1989 & 1990)
    First Team All-Rookie (1983)

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