12. Craig Ramsay

12. Craig Ramsay

Craig Ramsay knew his role in professional hockey; defensive forward.  Luckily for the Sabres, he did it well.

Ramsay made the team as a rookie in 1971, and in the 1974-75 campaign, he scored 64 Points, which began an eight-year run where he had at least 50 Points.  In that span, he had a career-high 71 Points twice (1975-76 & 1977-78), with him going to the All-Star Game in the former and leading the NHL in Short-Handed Goals (5) in the latter.

Exhibiting strong defense, Ramsey was a contender annually for the Frank J. Selke Award when it began in 1977-78.  Ramsey was either second or third in award voting in its first five years of existence, and he did win it in his last year, 1984-85.

Ramsay scored 672 Points, and his career +324 remains in the top twenty-five all-time.   The Sabres selected him for their Hall of Fame in 1986.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Left Wing
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round, 19th Overall in the NHL Draft 6/10/71.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1984-85 Season.
  • Games Played: 1,070
  • Notable Statistics:

    252 Goals
    420 Assists 
    672 Points 
    201 PIM 
    .63 PPG 
    +324 Plus/Minus 
    52.4 Point Shares 
    48 Points in 89 Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star Game (1976)
    Frank J. Selke Award (1984-85)
    Most Short-Handed Goals (1977-78)

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