49. Tom Poti

Tom Poti was a third round pick in 1996, and he would join the Oilers roster in 1998-99, where he the shutdown Defenseman scored 21 Points and finished seventh in Calder Trophy voting.  Poti’s first priority was always to protect his own end first, but he was excellent on the offensive rush and would be used often on the power play.  In his second and third NHL campaign, Poti provided 20 Assist seasons, the latter seeing him score a career-high 12 Goals.  While he was a good blueliner, the Oilers were restructuring and would trade him late in the 2001-02 season. 

As an Oiler, he would score 105 Points and was one of the best defensemen on his team when he played there.   Poti may not have been a popular figure in Alberta, as he was not a rough and tumble player, but he was cerebral, and he would become an All-Star in 2003.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defence
  • Acquired: Selected in the 3rd Round, 59th Overall 6/22/96.
  • Departed: Traded to the New York Rangers with Rem Murray for Mike York and New York’s 2002 4th Round Pick (which would be Ivan Koltsov) 3/19/02.
  • Games Played: 285
  • Notable Statistics: 27 Goals
    78 Assists
    105 Points
    209 PIM
    .37 PPG
    +8 Plus/Minus
    20.6 Point Shares
    4 Points in 15 Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards: None.
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