13. Sandis Ozolinsh

As you likely know, the first season of the Colorado Avalanche after the relocation from Quebec City would see them win the Stanley Cup.  One of the mid-season trades that you think about facilitated this was the trade from Montreal of superstar Goalie, Patrick Roy.  The other less talked about one was from San Jose, the Defenseman, Sandis Ozolinsh.

The Latvian would immediately take over as Colorado’s top blueliner and would be the quarterback of their power play.  He would score 50 Points in 66 Games for them, and he would have 19 Points in their playoff run that netted then the Cup. 

In the next season, Ozolinsh would have the best regular season of his career.  He would 68 Points, a career-high, and would finish third in Norris Trophy voting while also being named a First Team All-Star.  The Defenseman would play three more full years with the Avalanche, securing two more 50 Point seasons and would become a three-time All-Star in a Colorado uniform.

He was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2000, and he overall scored 253 Points with a .76 PPG.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defence
  • Acquired: Traded from the San Jose Sharks for Owen Nolan 10/25/95.
  • Departed: Traded to the Carolina Hurricanes with the previously acquired 2000 2nd Round Pick from Columbus (which would be Tomas Kurka) for Nolan Pratt, Carolina’s 2000 1st and 2nd Round Pick (which would be Vaclav Nedorost and Jared Aulin respectively) and the previously acquired 2000 2nd Round Pick from Philadelphia (which would be Agris Savlels) 6/24/00.
  • Games Played: 333
  • Notable Statistics: 72 Goals
    181 Assists
    253 Points
    271 PIM
    .76 PPG
    +19 Plus/Minus
    40.8 Point Shares
    65 Points in 82 Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Stanley Cup Champion (1996)
    First Team All-Star (1997)
    All-Star Game (1997, 1998 & 2000)

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