TOP 100 OILERS: DEAN MCAMMOND (99)

Anybody who plays almost 1,000 games in the NHL, as Dean McAmmond did, can’t be labelled a disappointment. For me, though, McAmmond, who played 303 regular season games with the Edmonton Oilers, was one of those players who leaves you wanting more.

McAmmond, drafted 22nd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1991, was a wonderful skater. He had nice hands. He could play centre or wing. All in all, McAmmond had a good NHL career with 448 points in 996 regular season games, including 161 points with the Oilers. Not bad. Just not as much as I expected.

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Dean McAmmond #11

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NUMBER: 11 BIRTHDATE: June 15, 1973
HEIGHT: 5′ 11″ BIRTHPLACE: Grand Cache, AB, Canada
WEIGHT: 195 DRAFTED: CHI / 1991 NHL Entry Draft
SHOOTS: Left ROUND: 1st   (22nd overall)

BY THE NUMBERS

SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM  PPG SHG GWG S S%
1988-89 ST. ALBERT RAIDERS-AMHL 36 33 44 77 132
1989-90 PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS-WHL 53 11 11 22 49
1990-91 PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS-WHL 71 33 35 68 108
1991-92 BLACKHAWKS 5 0 2 2 -2 0 0 0 0 4 0.0
1991-92 PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS-WHL 63 37 54 91 189
1992-93 PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS-WHL 30 19 29 48 44
1992-93 CANADA-WJC-A 7 0 1 1 12
1992-93 SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS-WHL 18 10 13 23 24
1992-93 SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS-M-CUP 4 0 3 3 10
1993-94 OILERS 45 6 21 27 12 16 2 0 0 52 11.5
1993-94 CAPE BRETON OILERS-AHL 28 9 12 21 38
1994-95 OILERS 6 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0
1995-96 OILERS 53 15 15 30 6 23 4 0 0 79 19.0
1995-96 CAPE BRETON OILERS-AHL 22 9 15 24 55
1995-96 CANADA-WC-A 8 0 2 2 2
1996-97 OILERS 57 12 17 29 -15 28 4 0 6 106 11.3
1997-98 OILERS 77 19 31 50 9 46 8 0 3 128 14.8
1998-99 OILERS 65 9 16 25 5 36 1 0 0 122 7.4
1998-99 BLACKHAWKS 12 1 4 5 3 2 0 0 1 16 6.2
1999-00 BLACKHAWKS 76 14 18 32 11 72 1 0 1 118 11.9
1999-00 CANADA-WC-A 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
2000-01 BLACKHAWKS 61 10 16 26 4 43 1 0 1 95 10.5
2000-01 FLYERS 10 1 1 2 -1 0 1 0 0 17 5.9
2001-02 FLAMES 73 21 30 51 2 60 7 0 4 152 13.8
2002-03 AVALANCHE 41 10 8 18 1 10 2 0 2 72 13.9
2003-04 FLAMES 64 17 13 30 9 18 4 1 5 101 16.8
2004-05 ALBANY RIVER RATS-AHL 79 19 42 61 -1 72 5 1 0
2005-06 BLUES 78 15 22 37 -25 32 4 0 0 116 12.9
2006-07 SENATORS 81 14 15 29 11 28 0 2 1 86 16.3
2007-08 SENATORS 68 9 13 22 1 12 0 3 1 67 13.4
2008-09 SENATORS 44 3 4 7 2 16 0 1 2 40 7.5
2008-09 ISLANDERS 18 2 7 9 5 8 0 0 0 19 10.5
2009-10 DEVILS 62 8 9 17 -1 40 1 1 2 87 9.2
2009-10 LOWELL DEVILS-AHL 6 1 2 3 -1 6 0 0 0
NHL TOTALS 996  186  262  448  36 490 40 8 29 1,480  12.6 

CAREER PLAYOFF STATISTICS

SEASON TEAM GP  G A P +/- PIM  PPG  SHG  GWG  S S%
1989-90 PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS-WHL 14 2 3 5 18
1990-91 PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS-WHL 2 0 1 1 6
1991-92 BLACKHAWKS 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0
1991-92 PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS-WHL 10 12 11 23 26
1992-93 SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS-WHL 17 16 19 35 20
1992-93 SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS-M-CUP 4 0 3 3 10
1997-98 OILERS 12 1 4 5 0 12 0 0 0 22 4.6
2000-01 FLYERS 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0.0
2006-07 SENATORS 18 5 3 8 5 11 0 1 1 15 33.3
2007-08 SENATORS 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0.0
2009-10 DEVILS 5 0 0 0 -1 4 0 0 0 5 0.0
NHL TOTALS 46 6 7 13  5 35 0 1 1 51  11.8 

NOTABLE

When the Oilers obtained McAmmond and Igor Kravchuk from Chicago in February 1993, I thought they landed a terrific player. In back-to-back WHL playoff years with Prince Albert and Swift Current, he had 58 points (28-30-58) in just 27 games. I thought McAmmond capable of averaging 50-55 points a season – he ended up hitting the 50-point plateau twice in his career.

One of the challenges for McAmmond was he was joining an Edmonton outfit that wasn’t very good – the 1990 Stanley Cup team had long been dismantled. As part of a stretch from 1992-96 when the Oilers missed the playoffs in four straight seasons, McAmmond never got a sniff of the post-season in his first three campaigns.

In those three seasons, McAmmond had four coaches – Ted Green, Glen Sather, George Burnett and Ron Low. He’d settle in under Low for the back end of his six-year tenure with the Oilers, but those first three years were a mess on a bad team.

THE STORY

McAmmond enjoyed his best two seasons in Edmonton in 1996-97, when the Oilers stunned Dallas in the first round and then lost to Colorado, and in 1997-98, when the Oilers overcame a 3-1 deficit to upset the Avalanche in the first round before losing to Dallas. McAmmond had 50 points in 1997-98, leaving him second to Doug Weight in team scoring.

At the March 1999 trade deadline in the midst of a playoff push, GM Glen Sather opted for a significant shake-up of his roster, sending McAmmond back to Chicago along with Boris Mironov and Jonas Elofsson in return for Daniel Clearly, Chad Kilger, Ethan Moreau and Christian Laflamme.

While McAmmond would enjoy his best NHL campaign in terms of points with 51 in Calgary in 2001-02, he spent the back end of his career bouncing around as a bottom-six forward – his most noteworthy moment coming as a member of the Ottawa Senators when Steve Downie clobbered him.

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  • ubermiguel

    Well here’s a player I hadn’t thought about in a long time. Didn’t realize he was that close to hitting 1000 games; I looked it up, that puts him 301 on the all-time list for games played right now.

  • DoubleDIon

    Speed to burn. He always had time for people. Decent hockey player, great guy. He was at a hockey school I went to for 3 years. Invited everyone out for a lake day at his cabin at the end of the week each year and stayed with the group the whole week of the hockey school instead of 45 minutes for a day like most guys. Only NHLer I ever saw do that. Not every pro athlete wants to spend their vacation time with 60 minor hockey players over-running their house. I hate the Oilers as much as the next red blooded Calgarian, but this guy is an exception. He finally got his head screwed on straight and came down to the proper city;)

  • chickenStew

    In the entire history of this franchise, I don’t think there was a worse defenseman than Christian Laflamme. Every shift was an adventure in bonehead plays, lack of awareness, and scrambling around looking for the puck in his feet.
    Sather must have owed Chicago a BIG favour to have him thrown in on that trade.

  • BobbyCanuck

    I have a special affection for Dean McAmmond. When my eldest son was a young player we went directly to WEM after playing a game for one of those meet-the-stars events where you lined up to get autographs. When we reached one of the tables a Russian player looked totally bored and disinterested. McAmmond, however, was beaming and friendly and seeing my son was wearing his hockey gear asked asked him if he scored a goal that day. When my son answered that he had scored two, McAmmond replied “all right!” and slapped him five. Danny is now a Toronto lawyer but I think he still loves Dean McAmmond for that moment. Me too.

  • ubermiguel

    I will remember McAmmond for his playoff run with the Sens. He was playing fantastic hockey that spring. And then CFP with the dirty forearm shiver ruined it. A real shame. And only one game for that! Total BS! It was the finals.

    You gotta like those Raiders. (except Modano of course)

  • ubermiguel

    I remember all so well working at Alpha Plumbing in Grande Cache, Alta. Dean,s dad ,Barry and uncle Bernie are two of the finest people I have ever known,this was 1978 to 1982,Dean was just a kid riding a bike at that time,,was so glad to hear he made it to the NHL,,He was a gentleman player , like his dad…

  • BobbyCanuck

    I also attended a hockey school that Dean helped out at. Dean was so personable and nice, and I’m sure every kid left that camp feeling like he was Dean’s friend. A few years later I was at an Oilers game, standing outside the dressing room and waiting for the Oilers to head onto the ice. When they came out, Dean nodded his head and smiled at me as he passed by. Best feeling for a kid! Ironically, I spoke to him a few weeks ago over the phone (he emailed first so I knew it was him). I told him this same story and I could ‘hear’ his smile over the phone. Great person, and easily in the top five Oilers of all time, as far as an overall person.