18. Jim Schoenfeld

18. Jim Schoenfeld

Jim Schoenfeld was a physical defenseman who was unafraid to take on the role of enforcer when needed.

Taken with the Fifth Overall Pick in 1972, Schoenfeld was fourth in Calder voting that year, and he amassed 178 Penalty Minutes with 19 Points, setting the tone for his career.  Two years later, Schoenfeld scored 20 Points for the first time, with a Plus/Minus of 35 standing out.  

In the next three seasons, Schoenfeld continued to score at least 20 Points with a +20.  A fearless defender, Schoenfeld missed close to half the 1978/79 season, but he rebounded with his best season in hockey, where he had a career-high 36 Points, and his +60 led the NHL.  An All-Star for the second time (the first in 1977), Schoenfeld was also a Second Team All-Star and was third for the Norris.  

After another good season, Schoenfeld was traded to Detroit, and he would later return for a final run in 1985 before he retired.  Schoenfeld scored 228 Points with a +230 as a Sabre, and in 1995, entered the Sabres Hall of Fame.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defence
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 5th Overall in the NHL Draft 6/8/72.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Detroit Red Wings with Danny Gare and Derek Smith for Mike Foligno, Dale McCourt, and Brent Peterson 12/2/81.

    Acquired (2): Signed as a Free Agent 12/6/84.

    Departed (2): Retired after the 1984/85 Season.

  • Games Played: 584
  • Notable Statistics:

    45 Goals
    183 Assists 
    228 Points 
    1,025 PIM 
    .39 PPG 
    +230 Plus/Minus 
    55.2 Point Shares 
    16 Points in 75 Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-Star (1979-80)
    All-Star (1977 & 1980)
    Highest Plus/Minus (1979-80)
    Most Defensive Points Shares (1979-80)

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