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Oates, Stastny Among Top Playmakers

Tuesday, 09.18.2012 / 11:13 AM / St Louis Blues - News
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
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Oates, Stastny Among Top Playmakers
Former Blues Adam Oates and Peter Stastny were ranked in the Top 10 of the NHL.com\'s list of the game\'s best playmakers.


Former Blues forwards Adam Oates and Peter Stastny made a recent NHL.com list ranking some of the greatest playmakers in the history of the League.

Oates ranked No. 3, while Stastny earned the No. 9 spot.

Here's what NHL.com had to say about Oates:

"If you were a goal-scorer, Oates was the guy you wanted on your line. Though he was never drafted and didn't begin his NHL career until age 23, Oates became one of the most prolific passers in NHL history -- his assist total in the 1990s was second only to Wayne Gretzky.

He led the League in assists three times and was in the top 10 on 12 occasions. Oates is also the only player in NHL history to center for three 50-goal scorers. He was the principal setup man for Brett Hull in St. Louis, Cam Neely in Boston and Peter Bondra in Washington. Oates had 79 or more assists in five consecutive seasons from 1989-90 to '93-94, then let the NHL in assists in 2000-01 and repeated in '01-02 -- at the age of 39.

His prolific passing skills (1,079 career assists) earned Oates a berth in the Hockey Hall of Fame -- he will be inducted this fall."

Oates scored 58 goals and assisted on another 228 in just three seasons with the Blues from 1989-1992. In an NHL career that spanned 1,337 games, Oates had 341 goals and 1,079 assists (1,420 points). He will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this fall.

Here's what NHL.com said about Stastny:

"The most prolific of the three Stastny brothers to play in the NHL didn't arrive in North America until 1980, when he defected from Czechoslovakia at age 24 and joined the Quebec Nordiques. He wasted no time making an impact, becoming the first rookie in NHL history to record 70 assists in a season, then boosted that number to 93 in 1981-82 on the way to a 139-point season.

Stastny averaged more than 77 assists in his first six seasons and finished his career with 789 in only 977 games -- his average of .808 assists per game is fifth among the top 100 on the all-time list."

Stastny's career with the Blues was short-lived. He played in 23 games, recording 6 goals and 12 assists. Over his 977-game NHL career, he scored 450 goals and 789 assists (1,239 points).

Other playmakers on the list include Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
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V. Tarasenko 63 31 30 27 61
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J. Schwartz 56 20 27 13 47
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D. Backes 62 21 22 4 43
K. Shattenkirk 49 8 32 18 40
P. Stastny 55 12 25 11 37
J. Lehtera 56 9 24 13 33
A. Pietrangelo 63 6 27 -2 33
P. Berglund 59 8 12 -2 20
 
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J. Allen 17 6 3 .903 2.55

 
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