Wayne Gretzky will forever remain the best player to ever play the game. Scoring over 200 points in a single season still remains the highest to date, with no sight of anyone ever breaking it. His assist stat alone is more than combined points by any other NHL player, which just goes to show how amazing he was. He helped Edmonton build a dynasty during the 80s, where they won four Stanley Cups in five years. Then the hockey world, well actually the whole sporting world, was flipped upside down when he was traded to Los Angeles in the summer of 1988. The trade wouldn’t stop "The Great One” though, as during his time there is when the majority of his records were set. Even though he was amazing, he played with some not so amazing players, carrying most to their first Stanley Cup wins ever.
This list will be showing you 14 of the worst players that Wayne carried to a Cup win. Even with Wayne carrying these 14 players when they played for Edmonton, they still didn’t score a great amount of points either. A lot just showed up to fill slots by the looks of it. So these are The Top 14 Worst NHLers Wayne Gretzky Carried To A Stanley Cup.
15 Moe Lemay
Moe Lemay had himself some mediocre seasons with the Vancouver Canucks before making his way to Edmonton. Lemay scored a total of 162 points in 279 games stretched over six years with the Canucks. During the 1986-87 season, Moe was traded to Edmonton where he only scored 3 points in 10 games played. During the 87’ playoffs, Lemay only played a total of 9 games registering just 3 points. He didn’t posses the talent to play with Wayne, as Lemay was more of a grit player the Oilers needed to add some sandpaper for their playoff run that year. After that cup win, Lemay ended up playing for the Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets, as well as spending a lot of his time in the AHL. Lemay finished his NHL career with 166 points in 317 total games.
14 Normand Lacombe
Normand Lacombe was a career up and down player in pro hockey, spending four years with the Rochester Americans and having himself a decent career. During those four years with Rochester, he would get the occasional call up to the Buffalo Sabres. From there, Lacombe was traded to Edmonton during the 1986-87 season, but he only played one game not scoring a single point. His Cup year however would come in the following season. During the 1987-88 season, Lacombe would spend the whole year with the Oilers, playing in 53 games and scoring just 17 points. When the 88’ playoff run happened, Normand played in every game, a total of 19, but only managed 3 points. After that Cup win, Normand would play two more years with Edmonton before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, where he would spend two more years before finally retiring after the 1991-92 season.
13 Larry Melnyk
Larry Melnyk was also a career up and down player between the NHL and AHL. Melnyk eventually moved to the Oilers for the 1983-84 season, though he wouldn’t play a single regular swason game that year. However, he would play 6 playoff games, scoring a single point. Since Melnyk didn’t play enough regular season games, his name wasn’t engraved on the Cup until the following season, where he manage to get some game action. In 1984/85, he appeared in 28 regular season games with Edmonton, only scoring 11 points. His point production for the playoffs wasn’t much better, as he managed just 4 points in 12 games. But when you have Wayne Gretzky on your team, I guess the only thing you need to do is show up. Larry would spend the rest of his NHL career with the Rangers and Canucks.
12 Dave Lumley
Dave Lumley had himself an interesting career. In his first pro year, he played 3 games with Montreal before going to Edmonton the next year. He put up two solid years with the Oilers, but after that everything was all downhill. He won two Stanley Cups though and one came in the 1983-84 season, where he scored 21 points in 56 regular season games and 7 points in 19 playoff games. His second came after a strange year. With Hartford making their NHL debut, they picked Lumley during the expansion draft, but Edmonton would take him back when he was claimed off of waivers later that year. Lumley scored 4 points during the 1984-85 season in 12 regular season games for the Oilers. During the 1985 playoff run, Lumley played a total of 8 games not scoring a single point. His totals for those two cups seasons, 25 points in 68 regular season games and 7 points in 27 playoff games.
11 Marty McSorley
We all know why Marty McSorley was picked up by the Oilers from Pittsburgh and that was to protect Wayne Gretzky. Wayne would return the favour to Marty by helping him win two Stanley Cup. Those cup wins came in the 1986-87 season, as well as the 1987-88 season. Marty wasn’t known for putting up great offensive numbers or being able to shift play, as he was known for fighting, which was really the only thing he was actually good at. During McSorley’s two Stanley Cup seasons with Edmonton, he played a total of 101 season games scoring only 32 points, to go along with 37 playoff games and 10 playoff points. Like we stated above, when you played on Gretzky’s team, all you had to do was show up and, in McSorely's case, fight.
10 Dave Semenko
This list has a lot of two-time Stanley Cup winners and Dave Semenko is also one of these players, as his first cup season came during the 1983-84 season and the second was won during the 1984-85 season. Out of Semenko’s 11 pro years, 9 were spent with Edmonton. While his longevity is commendable, his points totals are far less amazing. He scored 17 points in 52 games with 10 points in 19 playoff games in 1983/84. The next year, he tallied 18 points in 69 games to go along with 0 points in 14 playoff games. Bringing his two Stanley Cup season totals to 35 points in 121 regular season games and 10 points in 33 playoff games. Dave retired from the NHL after the 1987-88 season. His final career total? 153 points in 575 games. Like Marty McSorely, Semenko had one job and that was to protect The Great One.
9 Steve Smith
Here we have our first three-time Stanley Cup winner, but he won his first two thanks to The Great One. Steve Smith won first first two Stanley Cups during the 1986-87 and 1987-88 NHL seasons. Steve was originally drafted by Edmonton in 1981, but wouldn’t make his pro debut until the 1983-84 season while playing in the AHL and only became a full time NHLer during the 1985-86 season, even getting some time in the playoffs and he makes this list because of those playoffs. In game 7 of the second round against the rival Calgary Flames, Smith scored an own goal that cost his team the game. While they would rebound and win the next two Cups, Smith unfortunately cost them big time.
Smith would win then a third cup with the Oilers, but by that time, Wayne was playing with Los Angeles.
8 Don Jackson
Don Jackson was a third round draft pick back in 1976 by the Minnesota North Stars and he didn’t make his pro debut until the 1977-78 season. His NHL career spanned ten years and half of those came with Edmonton, where he won himself two Stanley Cups as a part of Gretzky’s dynasty and those cup wins came in 1983-84 and 1984-85. During those two years, his combined stats were only 40 season points in 138 season games, as well as 3 playoff points in 28 playoff games. Don Jackson officially retired from the NHL after the 1986-87 season concluded and he only managed to put up a career total of 68 points in 315 games. Again another mediocre player carried to multiple cup wins by just showing up to the rink everyday with the Oilers.
7 Pat Hughes
Out of this whole list, Pat Hughes probably had the best junior career before making it to the NHL, as he spent 111 games in the NCAA, scoring 97 points. He would make his pro debut with Nova Scotia of the AHL, where he tallied up 68 points in 77 games in his first year. This was a sign Pat could be a good player, but we have seen this trend before. Hughes actually won a cup with Montreal in 1978-79 before getting traded to Pittsburgh after two terrible seasons, though he didn’t do much better in black and yellow. This called for another deal and that was to Edmonton during the 1980-81 season. Pat won two more Cups during his time with Edmonton, one in 1983-84 and the other in 1984-85. His combined cup winning stats? 80 points in 150 season games with 15 playoff points in 29 games. Hughes retired from the NHL after the 1986-87 season.
6 Craig Muni
Craig Muni had dreams and aspirations of playing for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. After four years of junior hockey and bouncing around the AHL, Muni finally got his chance, but it only lasted four seasons due to terrible numbers with the club. Muni then signed with the Oilers during the summer of 1986. Muni would go on to win two Stanley Cups with the Oilers in 1986-87 and 1987-88. During those two winning season with the Oilers, Muni tallied up 48 season points in 151 season games. To go along with that, he scored 6 points in 33 playoff games. His final NHL total was 147 points in 819 career games. We applaud his longevity, but Muni couldn't be looked at a top player in the league.
5 Lee Fogolin
Lee Fogolin was known for three things as a hockey player; having a strong physical presence, good puck moving skills and winning two Stanley Cups. Both of those cups win would come in the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons as an Oiler. Fogolin would spend the first five years of his NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres before taken by the Oilers in the 1979 expansion draft. He would ultimately play the rest of his NHL career with Edmonton before a small stint back with Buffalo before retiring. In Lee’s two cup winning seasons with Gretzky, he had a total of 39 regular season points in 152 regular season games, combined with 9 playoff points in 37 playoff games.
4 Jaroslav Pouzar
Jaroslav Pouzar had amazing years while playing in the Czech men’s league, putting up one 40+ goal season, one 30+ goal season and four 20+ goal seasons. This intrigued Edmonton and they drafted him in 1982. However, Pouzar couldn’t bring his scoring prowess over to the NHL, as he would only spend four years in the NHL, all with the Oilers. He did win himself three Stanley Cups though and two came during the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons before he left to go play in Europe. The other came after returning to the NHL from Germany during the 1986-87 season. After Pouzar’s outstanding junior years in the Czech league, he only managed to score 48 season points in 186 regular season games along with 10 points in 29 playoff games. No matter your skill level, you’re going to win some cups while playing with Wayne Gretzky.
3 Dave Hunter
Dave Hunter is the oldest of the three Hunter brothers who have played in the NHL. Dave was drafted by the Canadiens in 1978 and he was expected to turn pro right away, but he instead opted to play for the Oilers when they were still in the WHA. When the Oilers finally merged with the NHL, Dave would start his pro career with the Oilers. Dave won himself three cups while playing on Gretzky’s team, one in 1983-84, the other in 1984-85 and the last in 1986-87. Dave’s career NHL totals after retiring following the 1988-89 season amount to 323 points in 746 games. He had an average career, but he's still a three-time Stanley Cup winner.
1 Kevin McClelland
Kevin McClelland was a rugged, tough and fearless player. He was drafted by Hartford in 1980, but wouldn’t make his NHL debut until the 1981-82 season after being traded to Pittsburgh. McClelland would spend the next two seasons with the Penguins before being traded to Edmonton during the 1983-84 season. He would win a cup that year with Edmonton, plus three more in 1984-85, 1986-87 and 1987-88. The reason he's on the list is his lackluster point totals during those four Cup winning seasons. He only managed 92 points in 260 games and 24 points in 76 playoff games. Thus giving him the lowest point total of any player on Gretzky’s dynasty, as well as this whole list. This shows that you just need to show up when you’re playing with guys like Wayne, Messier, Tikkanen, Fuhr and Coffey.
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