Since the NHL started back in 1917, there have been a total of just 85 players to score 1,000 career points. In January 2017, two players joined the ranks with Alexander Ovechkin and Henrik Sedin crossing the barrier. Overall, there are just six active players that have scored 1,000 points with Gordie Howe first achieving the mark back in 1960. Sidney Crosby will join the ranks shortly, too.
Obviously, there are no bad players that have been able to score 1,000 career points in the NHL. It’s a testament to their toughness, skill and determination to be able to stick around long enough to be able to collect enough assists and goals. However, not all of them are what we would consider hockey legends. In fact, many of the names that appear on the list are ones that history have forgotten about.
So out of those 85 players that have reached 1,000 points, who ranks among the weakest? Here are our picks for the 15 worst players in NHL history that have scored 1,000 points. Again, we don’t want to say that any of these players are bad by any stretch, it’s just that they didn’t have the peak or staying history that some of their other club members did during their careers.
15 Dave Taylor
We start with right winger Dave Taylor that actually has the distinction of being the lowest drafted player to join the 1,000 point club, having been drafted 210th overall back in 1975. Taylor joined the club on February 5, 1991, becoming the 29th player to cross the threshold. Taylor spent his entire career with the Kings, scoring a total of 1,069 points with 638 of those points coming as assists.
14 Phil Housley
There aren’t too many defensemen on the 1,000 point scoring list, but here we find Phil Housley. Housley spent two decades in the NHL with eight different teams, and a bulk of his seasons came in Buffalo with eight campaigns. Housley finished his career with a total of 1,232 points with 894 of those coming from the assists category, and the 1,000th point of his career came in November 1997.
13 Rod Brind’Amour
Center Rod Brind’Amour took a very long time to get to the 1,000 point mark, doing so in November 2006 during his 1,202nd game. Brind’Amour was a highly regarded player in the NHL, but at no point was he ever really considered among the best at his position. Instead, he had significant longevity in the league and won a Stanley Cup in 2006 with Carolina that enhanced his legacy.
12 Dino Ciccarelli
A name that most of us younger people only really remember because it was fun to say and he was good in NHL 94, Dino Ciccarelli didn’t quite have the offensive peak that a lot of 1,000 point scorers had. Ciccarelli had two seasons where he scored at least 100 points that were spread apart by five seasons, but never a consistent streak as a great scorer.
11 Doug Weight
It was almost too obvious that Doug Weight was one of those guys that was willing to stick around in the NHL to get to the 1,000 point club despite not having much left to offer. Weight played for 19 seasons in the NHL with six teams, most notably the Oilers of the 1990’s where he had a -48 plus/minus rating. Weight only had two seasons where he scored at least 75 points, and those two were what helped get him to the mark.
10 Glenn Anderson
Glenn Anderson reluctantly joined the Oilers in 1980, and would remain with the team throughout the entire decade. Anderson not only played for a bulk of the decade with Wayne Gretzky, but also in an era where scoring was coming fast and furious. Anderson had three seasons where he scored more than 100 points, but he still wasn’t able to rank up toward the top in league scoring.
9 Vincent Damphousse
Playing 18 seasons in the league, center Vincent Damphousse reached the 1,000 point barrier when he joined the club in October 2000 as a member of the Sharks. Prior to joining San Jose, Damphousse played with the Canadiens, Oilers and Maple Leafs. During that time, Damphousse never really had a great peak as a player, never once reaching the 100 point mark for a single season.
8 Brian Bellows
In January 1999, Brian Bellows became the 54th member of the 1,000 point club when he was on the Washington Capitals. Bellows made his debut in 1982 with Minnesota, and played with Montreal, Tampa Bay and Anaheim before the season where he closed out his pursuit of 1,000 points. Bellows seemed to be chasing the milestone, and the three-time All Star never made the Hall of Fame.
7 Alexei Kovalev
Alexei Kovalev made his debut back in the 1992-93 season with quite a bit of hype as he arrived on the New York Rangers. Kovalev, a right winger, was able to get to the 1,000 point club almost solely on the fact that he stuck around for so long without missing much time. He would only have two seasons of scoring at least 80 points, with 95 in 2000-01 and 84 in 2007-08.
6 Dave Andreychuk
How do you join the 1,000 point club despite not finishing a single season with 100 points? You play from the time you’re 19 years old until you are 42. Dave Andreychuk did that, though to be fair he did have a pair of seasons where he just missed out with 99 points. Andreychuk played from 1982 to 2006 with six different teams, with a dozen of those seasons coming in Buffalo where he put up 804 points.
5 Bernie Nicholls
Bernie Nicholls is one of those players whose value is argued about over and over again. Nicholls was a member of the Los Angeles Kings starting in 1981,and remained with the team until the 1990-91 season when he joined the Rangers. Nicholls had put up some impressive point totals, but saw his scoring skyrocket when Wayne Gretzky joined the team. Having never scored more than 100 points before, Nicholls all of a sudden had 262 points in 1988-89 and 1989-90.
4 Patrick Marleau
The former second overall selection in the 1997 NHL Draft, Patrick Marleau is the third newest addition to the 1,000 point club. Marleau joined the group on November 21, 2015 and has spent his entire career with the San Jose Sharks, and is still active today. Marleau has the distinction of taking longer than any other player to get into the 1,000 point club, doing so in his 1,349th career game.
3 Ray Whitney
Leading up to the Patrick Marleau era in San Jose, Ray Whitney played for the Sharks from 1991 to 1997. Whitney did not get much playing time as a Shark, though, scoring just 121 points in six seasons. Whitney would get bigger opportunities elsewhere, and he played with a total of eight teams in his career that spanned from 1991 to 2014.
2 Pat Verbeek
Pat Verbeek was just a teenager back in the 1982-83 season when he made his debut with the Devils, and he would spend seven seasons with New Jersey. Verbeek also played for the Whalers, Stars, Red Wings and Rangers throughout his long career that lasted for 21 seasons. As a member of the Red Wings, Verbeek joined the 1,000 point club in February 2000 in his 1,275th game.
1 Dale Hunter
In terms of adjusted stats for the seven year prime, the only guy that has Verbeek beaten out is Dale Hunter. Hunter played from 1980 to 1999, splitting almost all of his time with the Capitals and Nordiques/Avalanche. Hunter joined the 1,000 point club in January 1998 during his 1,308th game, which is the second slowest to get there among forwards all-time.
Hunter was certainly not a bad player, especially as a two-way forward, but was never outstanding as a scorer. In fact, he never reached 80 points in a season and was able to reach 1,000 points for sticking around for 20 seasons. Hunter would make just one All Star appearance during that long stretch, and did not win a Stanley Cup or make the Hall of Fame.
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