Top Scoring Minor Leaguers, by Season (79-07)

This is Walt Poddubny. He’s among the rather few former Oiler prospects who both led the Oilers farm team in scoring and went on to a productive NHL career. Although several recent winners have yet to have their story told, there’s a pretty long list of Dan Currie’s and Ray Cote’s.

Since Daniel Cleary it looks like the Oilers have been more likely to elevate the best minor league scorer, which is probably due to a strong team (79-91 or so) or such a poor team all the decent kids made the grade immediately (92-99).

The typical AHL player who both leads the Oilers in scoring and finds himself an NHL career has a reputation of being skilled but makes it as a role player who can chip in offensively. Examples below would be Shaun Van Allen and Daniel Cleary. Van Allen led the entire AHL in scoring (91-92) and Peter White did it (94-95) once with Edmonton and two other times with other clubs.

  1. 79-80 Mike Toal 76gp, 31-45-76
  2. 80-81 Tom Roulston 69gp, 63-44-107
  3. 81-82 Walt Poddubny 60gp, 35-46-81
  4. 82-83 Ray Cote 80gp, 28-63-91
  5. 83-84 Ray Cote 66gp, 26-36-62
  6. 84-85 Ray Cote 79gp, 36-43-79
  7. 85-86 Bruce Boudreau 65gp, 30-36-66
  8. 86-87 Bruce Boudreau 78gp, 35-47-82
  9. 87-88 Mark Lamb 69gp, 27-61-88
  10. 88-89 Mark Lamb 54gp, 33-49-82
  11. 89-90 John Leblanc 77gp, 54-34-88
  12. 90-91 Shaun Van Allen 76gp, 25-75-100
  13. 91-92 Shaun Van Allen 77gp, 29-84-113
  14. 92-93 Dan Currie 75gp, 57-41-98
  15. 93-94 Peter White 45gp, 21-49-70
  16. 94-95 Peter White 65gp, 36-69-105
  17. 95-96 Rem Murray 79gp, 31-59-90
  18. 96-97 Ralph Intranuovo 68gp, 36-40-76
  19. 97-98 Jeff Daw 79gp, 28-35-63
  20. 98-99 Chris Ferraro 72gp, 35-41-76
  21. 99-00 Daniel Cleary 58gp, 22-52-74
  22. 00-01 Paul Healey 79gp, 39-32-71
  23. 01-02 Jason Chimera 77gp, 26-51-77
  24. 02-03 Jarret Stoll 76gp, 21-33-54
  25. 03-04 Jamie Wright 78gp, 25-30-55
  26. 04-05 Tony Salmelainen 76gp, 22-24-46
  27. 05-06 Marc Pouliot 65gp, 15-30-45
  28. 06-07 Kyle Brodziak 62gp, 24-32-56
  29. 07-08 Rob Schremp 45gp, 11-32-45

Finally, just for fun here are their respective NHL GP totals:

  1. Shaun Van Allen (794)
  2. Rem Murray (560)
  3. Daniel Cleary (528)
  4. Walt Poddubny (468)
  5. Mark Lamb (403)
  6. Jason Chimera (343)
  7. Jarret Stoll (256)
  8. Peter White (220)
  9. Tom Roulston (195)
  10. Bruce Boudreau (141)
  11. Jamie Wright (124)
  12. John Leblanc (83)
  13. Paul Healey (77)
  14. Chris Ferraro (74)
  15. Tony Salmelainen (70)
  16. Kyle Brodziak (67)
  17. Marc Pouliot (63)
  18. Dan Currie (22)
  19. Ralph Intranuovo (22)
  20. Ray Cote (15)
  21. Mike Toal (3)
  22. Rob Schremp (3)
  23. Jeff Daw (1)

I find the list interesting because of the guys who went on to have NHL careers. The AHL is a league that takes talented kids and grinds them into useful hockey players. It’s an assembly line as efficient as anything Detroit has ever invented. When we look at the current crop of Oiler prospects that’s something to keep in mind.

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13 Responses to "Top Scoring Minor Leaguers, by Season (79-07)"

  1. CM says:

    Schremp just scored in the shootout at the AHL allstar game…He was the only shooter from Planet USA to score…

    Its too bad for schremp a shootout specialist isn’t number one on the oilers list of needs right now

  2. Bruce says:

    Wow, does Schremp have hands. He did the lacrosse thing in the shootout, dropped the puck, and recovered to dazzle the goalie with about 6 dekes in 0.3 seconds. He also scored a nice goal in the game and had one dazzling play where he stickhandled and shifted his way around the zone before feeding a perfect pass through about four sets of legs right on the tape of a teammate who was too surprised to put ‘er home. That was elite.

    Fun game, Schremp scores in the shootout and all the rest of Planet USA misses so Canada wins. Gotta love it. Great to see my fellow Newfoundlander Teddy Purcell shine with a hat trick plus the shootout winner. Teddy’s got major league hands too.

    I actually enjoy the AHL’s ASG more than the NHL’s, it’s my first chance to see some of these guys and for sure there’s a few of them that’ll make it to the bigs eventually. The players know the scouts are watching and it’s on national TV, so they put out a decent effort. Format’s pretty good, Canada seems to have about half the talent so it’s always close, and there is a bit more pride at stake than the old East v. West format.

    LT, I had forgotten that Bruce Boudreau played for the Nova Scotia Oilers. Was he Oiler property? I note during one of those seasons he played a few games for Chicago rather than Edmonton. More importantly for future reference, is there any chance this Coach-of-the-Year candidate might possibly be considered part of the Old Boys Club??

  3. Lowetide says:

    Bruce: Checking through it does look like he must have had an AHL only contract:

    Signed as a free agent by Baltimore (AHL), March 5, 1985. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, October 10, 1985.

    So the “Skipjacks” signed him as a late season pickup after he got back from Germany and he appears to have started the season that fall with Chicago.

    However, either they released him and then the Oilers picked him up, or he signed an AHL only contract with Nova Scotia or (unlikely) the Oilers signed him for insurance and he wasn’t needed (lord knows they had some depth at C).

  4. Colby Cosh says:

    Jarret Stoll has a brother named Jason? I learn something new every time I come here!

  5. Lowetide says:

    D’oh!! Trust the one guy who has a editor AND a proof reader to pick up on that!!!!!!

    I blame Jason Chimera.

  6. Oilman says:

    LT – do you remember Bill McDougall? I was in college in Cape Breton during the 1993 playoff run and he had an amazing run….he was second to Currie in the regular season, but had a playoff for the ages…26 goals, 52 points in 16 games! As I recall, Currie did next to nothing in those playoffs and McDougall and Roman Oksiuta carried the team…along with I think Wayne Cowley in goal….McDougall got a cup of coffee the next season and put up points but didn’t stick.

  7. Lowetide says:

    Oilman: I do remember the name but that’s about it. Looking at those playoff numbers it’s hard to believe it isn’t a misprint.

    Lordy.

  8. Bruce says:

    Ah yes, Bill McDougall. No, that’s not a misprint, he was quite simply unstoppable as the Cape Breton Oilers, a third place team in their division (the late lamented Atlantic Division with five teams from the Atlantic Provinces), caught fire and rolled to four series wins with a 14-2 W-L record. According to wikipedia:

    Bill McDougall of the Cape Breton Oilers, recorded 26 goals, and 26 assists for 52 points in 16 games, setting a record for an average of 3.25 points per playoff game in professional hockey.

    Even Wayne or Mario never made it to 50 in the post-season. McDougall was transcendent: the next two high scorers on the NS Oilers, Roman Oksiuta and David Haas (presumably his linemates), scored 52 points between them. Regular season scoring leader Dan Currie (98 points to McDougall’s 88) scored just 11 as McDougall took over the team.

    Interesting synopsis of McDougall’s career here:

    http://tinyurl.com/2aypfm

    … from his start with the St. John’s Capitals in the Newfoundland Senior League (the very team I grew up watching), through an amazing season in the ECHL (80 goals, 148 points and 226 PiM in just 57 games) and on to the AHL, a cup of coffee in the bigs, and then to Europe. He was a feisty son of a gun, posting big penalty minute numbers in a number of different leagues. The section on his history with the Oilers is pretty telling:

    In February, 1992 McDougall was traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Max Middendorf but he managed to get into their lineup on just four occasions, scoring two goals and an assist. While playing with the Cape Breton Oilers in the AHL playoffs in 1993, McDougall scored an amazing 52 points in just 16 games and was named the playoff MVP. It seemed he was able to score at every level, but for some reason was never afforded a proper chance to excel at the NHL level. Frustrated by the lack of playing time in Edmonton, McDougall signed a free-agent deal with Tampa Bay in the summer of 1993.

    That wasn’t the Oilers line-up of Gretzky and Messier that McDougall couldn’t crack. That would be the 1993 Oilers that were probably the worst team in the history of the franchise (til last spring at least), the Oilers of Shayne Corson and Dave Manson and assorted other muttonheads. McDougall went 2-1-3, +2 in 4 GP and got shown the door. After his great playoff performance which was by far the highlight of the season for the organization, it was a sad day when he chose to sign with the sad-sack Lightning rather than return to the Oilers.

  9. Oilman says:

    Bruce,

    I thought he played with the P au B Mariners in the Senoir League but everything else looks about right. I got to go to a few games during that calder cup run and it seemed like everytime I went McDougal had 2 goals and 4 points….turns out he did do that every game that spring. I was convinced he’d make the Oilers the next year.
    The Other great storey from that playoff was Cowley, who went from average goalie to hero status in Sydney. It’s too bad he didn’t get more games in the big leagues, not because he was good enough, but because he was quite a character and people would have remembered his antics. Whenever his Dman took the puck behind the net, he’d put his glove in the face of the player in front of the net so they couldn’t see what side the Dman was coming out on…it was hilarious. He’d never touch the opposing player, but he’d get his big mitt as close to the guys face as possible – he drove forecheckers nuts! I remember his one game in the NHL and he did that once or twice, but I’m sure no one else remembers because it was just the one game.

  10. Bruce says:

    Oilman, he played a year in St. John’s and then a year in Port-aux-Basques. In St. John’s McDougall scored at his Jack Butterfield AHL Playoff MVP pace for an entire season (42 GP, 66-71-137), at Port-aux-Basques he scored quite a bit less but took a lot more penalties. I get the sense this guy might have been a handful in more ways than one, and if he survived a year in Port-aux-Basques without a drinking problem he’d have done well. :)

    Just kidding about that last part. I only followed the NAHA through the 1970-71 season after which I moved to Edmonton. Port-aux-Basques never had a team in those days, although I well remember the Gander Flyers, Corner Brook Royals, Grand Falls Cataracts, Buchans Miners, and Conception Bay CeeBees (where the Faulkner Brothers played), all of whom used to lay pretty regular whuppings on the Caps, who were patsies for most of the 60s. It was nonetheless the best game in town, and I went as often as I could.

  11. Oilman says:

    You forgot my hometown team – the Stephenville Jets!

  12. Bruce says:

    Stephenville Jets? Not before ’71 I don’t think … I know they won a couple of Herder Cups in the 1980s, and I’m betting they were/are Port-aux-Basques’ biggest rivals … did both teams come along together? Even wikipedia doesn’t seem to know.

  13. Oilman says:

    Yeah, Stephenville and PauB were a couple of later teams I think, formed in the late 70′s or early 80′s. The real rivalry was between the Jets ans the CB Royals. Actually, Corner Brook gets credit for the only Allan Cup in Newfoundland senior hockey history, but half that team was made up of Jets players IIRC – I know the goaltender was picked up and he played the rest of the way…..but if you cheered for Stephenville, you hated Corner Brook.

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