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.
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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.
What helped Taylor to get into the club was being part of the famed Triple Crown line with Marcel Dionne and Charlie Simmer. Taylor racked up a lot of assists thanks to those guys, and never really stood out on his own as the best of the bunch. Taylor was a four-time All Star, but that’s actually fairly low considering the other players that have scored 1,000 points, and he just makes the list because of it.
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.
Housley was named an All Star seven times during his career, but is never close to being mentioned when talking about the greatest defensemen of all-time. It was a testament to his longevity to be included in the 1,000 point club, but Housley would finish with a career -53 in the plus/minus department.
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.
Brind’Amour never scored more than 36 goals in a season, and only reached the 90’s in total points just once in his career. Brind’Amour was a solid captain, but never a phenomenal player that finished with a career plus/minus of -39. He retired after the 2009-10 season having played 21 seasons with three different teams, making just one All Star squad.
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.
Ciccarelli played for nearly 20 years with five teams, mainly the Stars. Ciccarelli did not average one point per game like many of the others on the list have, and he even finished -2 on the plus/minus chart. Though he stuck around long enough and scored enough points to get into the Hall of Fame, his name is often forgotten among the greats that make up the 1,000 point club.
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.
Weight’s final four seasons did not bring a lot of production as he scored just 89 points total in nearly 200 games. Weight was selected to four All Star Games and won a Stanley Cup in 2006, though he was never really among the best centers and took 1,168 games to get to the elusive club.
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.
After Gretzky left the Oilers, Anderson was never quite the scorer that he once was. After the 1987-88 season, Anderson would never score more than 72 points. He finished with a total of 1,099 points to just barely make the list, though he could have called it quits in the 1992-93 season when he had crossed the milestone.
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.
Damphousse was also buried pretty deep in a time that had plenty of memorable centers, as he made just three All Star squads during his long career. Damphousse was by no means a slouch during his best time, but there were plenty of other great players that overshadowed him. Considering that he’s in the 1,000 point club, but not the Hall of Fame, that is a testament to being brought into a scoring era.
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.
One of the least impressive plus/minus numbers on our list, Bellows finished at -125 and he never scored 100 points in a season. In fact, he only scored at least 90 on one occasion. Bellows had one of the worst peaks adjusted for era in terms of the 1,000 point scorers, just to solidify the argument.
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.
Kovalev played with the Rangers, Penguins, Canadiens, Senators and Panthers throughout his long career and never stuck around long enough to become a legend with any of those teams. Kovalev just crossed the barrier with a total of 1,029 points and a plus/minus of -31. Alas, Kovalev is not a member of the Hall of Fame, though he did win a Stanley Cup in 1994 with the Rangers and he was the fifth slowest to 1,000 points all-time.
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.
Andreychuk was a fine scorer, but most of his points came during the offensive times of the 1980’s and early 1990’s. His peak would look good now, but got lost in the shuffle back in that era, and he was only named an All Star twice. Playing in 1,639 career games was the biggest reason that Andreychuk made the club, and the fact that he got in fast enough before hitting a huge wall has helped him avoid some of the criticism of other 1,000 point scorers.
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.
After no longer playing with Gretzky, Nicholls would never have another season of more than 75 points. However, he did play for another decade, which was able to help him score quite a few more points. Nicholls finished with 1,209 in 1,127 career games, though it was his two seasons where he was able to team up with Gretzky that propelled his stats as the three-time All Star never made the Hall of Fame.
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.
Marleau’s peak in scoring came back in the 2005-06 season when he put up 86 points, and he has only had more than 73 once outside of that year. Marleau’s longevity has finally paid off, but he has never been considered one of the greats and has had just three All Star selections. Time will tell how much higher Marleau can get on the all-time scoring list, as Dave Taylor, Theo Fleury and Glenn Anderson are all well within his sights after the 2017 All Star 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.
A two-time All Star, Whitney’s highlight came as a member of the Hurricanes in 2006 when he won the Stanley Cup. Whitney was only able to score more than 77 points once, and it came the year after winning his only Cup with 83. Like Marleau, Whitney took a long time to reach the 1,000 point club because of not having a great peak, taking 1,226 games to get there. Whitney also finished with a paltry -79 in the plus/minus department.
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.
Verbeek never had a season where he scored 90 or more points despite playing the prime of his career in a high scoring era. His adjusted stats give him one of the worst seven year prime numbers for any 1,000 point scorer, and he was selected as an All Star just twice without a Hall of Fame nod, though he did win the 1999 Stanley Cup with Dallas.
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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