Poddubny Passes

Word today that former Oiler Walt Poddubny passed away. He was part of the watershed 1980 draft (Coffey, Kurri, Moog) and the Oilers got a real good player (Laurie Boschman) when they dealt Poddubny.

The story is here.

I remember him as a prospect early in the Oilers NHL era, he played with Don Ashby and a few other prospects in Wichita (Ace Bailey was their coach). A lot of those guys went too early, and you can add Walt Poddubny’s name to the list.

He wasn’t just a cup of coffee player either, he had a career. Poddubny moved to center in NYC and was an All-Star while a Ranger.


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3 Responses to "Poddubny Passes"

  1. HBomb says:

    A player I did not know well, but I do know this much: he represented fellow WHA alum franchise Quebec in the 1989 NHL All-Star game in Edmonton.

    Rest in peace. Too young indeed. You know, until maybe six months ago, I never knew that he was an Oiler draft pick.

  2. Bruce says:

    49 years old … what a drag.

    Walt was a helluva player. He was drafted in 1980, one of the great team drafts in NHL history:

    1 (6) Paul Coffey 1409 GP, 1531 pts
    4 (69) Jari Kurri 1251 GP, 1398 pts
    5 (90) Walt Poddubny 468 GP, 422 pts
    7 (132) Andy Moog, 713 GP, 372 W

    … which occurred right after the sensational ’79 draft (Kevin Lowe, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson). Poddubny was a talented player but not quite that talented, so after a cup of coffee (4 GP) in ’81-82 Sather moved him for Laurie Boschman as LT mentioned. Boschman was traded a year later for Willie Lindstrom who was a useful player on the first two Cup teams.

    After some early success in Toronto, Poddubny kicked around a bit before being called up midway in 1985-86. He was over a point a game player for the next 3.5 seasons:

    1985-86 TOR: 33 GP, 12-22-34
    1986-87 NYR: 75 GP, 40-47-87
    1987-88 NYR: 77 GP, 38-50-88
    1988-89 QUE: 72 GP, 38-37-75

    … after which he fell off the map, scoring just 9 more goals in parts of three seasons in New Jersey. He moved around quite a bit, so there may have been more to the story than met the eye, but there was no denying the talent. Slick playmaker, great wrist shot. As HBomb mentions he played in the Edmonton All-Star game, and got a nice ovation in the introductions as I recall when announced as a former Oiler.

  3. boopronger says:

    Anyone see the article in the sports section on Saturday about Jagr? Some interesting quotes from Jaromir.

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