This is Greg Joly. He had perhaps the most timely hot streak in the history of the game, emerging from the pack of draft eligibles in 1974 with a jaw-dropping romp through the WHL playoffs and Memorial Cup 1974.
He ended up being the top pick in the draft, the first ever choice of the Washington Capitals. He was ranked as the 7th best pick in the draft by the Hockey News in 1974 (yes, they ranked them back before the wheel) but had a tremendous run that included two goals and two assists as Regina beat Calgary for the 1974 WHL title. Joly then had three assists in the win over Quebec that clinched 1974 Memorial Cup for the Pats.
He had his best games as a pro with the Detroit Red Wings, who got him for Bryan (Bugsy) Watson. Watson is mentioned only as a gnat and RW shadow to Bobby Hull when he’s remembered at all, but he also put in some good seasons along the blue.
I have no idea what to expect of the Edmonton Oilers and their coach tonight. Their record does not jive with the mood of the collective, and as such I can only conclude there are forces at work that we are not privy to at this time.
I remain convinced this is a playoff team.