17. Ales Hemsky

From Czechoslovakia, Ales Hemsky probably never got the overall respect that he should have, as his best seasons in the NHL were with the Edmonton Oilers at a time when they were not that good.

Hemsky was drafted in the 1st Round (13th Overall) in 2001 and would make the roster the following season finishing ninth in Calder Trophy voting.  It did not take a long period before Hemsky established himself as one of the best European playmakers in the NHL, and in the 2005-06 season, he would post career-highs with 58 Assists and 77 Points.  That was the season where the Oilers shocked the hockey world by making the Stanley Cup Finals as a number eight seed, and Hemsky was a large part of that run.

The Right Winger would have three straight 50 Point years after, but his play would decline after though was consistently one of the central bright spots of the Oilers.  He was traded to the Ottawa Senators late in the 2013-14 campaign.

He would accumulate 477 Points over 652 Games as an Oiler.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Right Wing
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 13th Overall in the NHL Draft 6/23/01.
  • Departed: Traded to the Ottawa Senators for Ottawa’s 2014 5th Round Pick (which would be Liam Coughlin) and 2015 3rd Round Pick (which would later be traded to the New York Rangers who chose Sergey Zobrovsky) 3/5/14.
  • Games Played: 652
  • Notable Statistics: 142 Goals
    335 Assists
    477 Points
    303 PIM
    .73 PPG
    -44 Plus/Minus
    45.5 Point Shares
    17 Points in 24 Playoff Games.
  • Major Accolades and Awards: None.
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