TOP 100 OILERS: SCOTT MELLANBY (95)

Mellanby

If you had a dollar for every time a NHL general manager has said over the past 20 years he coveted a forward who was not only talented, but big and tough with a nasty edge to him, you could probably retire quite comfortably. Players like that don’t grow on trees.

Scott Mellanby, a robust right-winger born in Montreal, ticked the boxes on all of the above and he parlayed those traits into a NHL career that spanned 1,431 regular season games, including 149 games with the Edmonton Oilers during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons.

Scott Mellanby #19

Right Wing

NUMBER:  19 BIRTHDATE: June 11, 1966
HEIGHT: 6′ 1″ BIRTHPLACE:  Montreal, QC, Canada
WEIGHT: 210 DRAFTED: PHI / 1984 NHL Entry Draft
SHOOTS: Right  ROUND: 2nd   (27th overall)

BY THE NUMBERS

CAREER REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS

SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG S S%
1985-86 FLYERS 2 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
1985-86 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN  32 21 23 44 89
1985-86 CANADA-WJC-A 7 5 4 9 6
1986-87 FLYERS 71 11 21 32 8 94 1 0 0 118 9.3
1987-88 FLYERS 75 25 26 51 -7 185 7 0 2 190 13.2
1988-89 FLYERS 76 21 29 50 -13 183 11 0 3 202 10.4
1989-90 FLYERS 57 6 17 23 -4 77 0 0 1 104 5.8
1990-91 FLYERS 74 20 21 41 8 155 5 0 6 165 12.1
1991-92 OILERS 80 23 27 50 5 197 7 0 5 159 14.5
1992-93 OILERS 69 15 17 32 -4 147 6 0 3 114 13.2
1993-94 PANTHERS 80 30 30 60 0 149 17 0 4 204 14.7
1994-95 PANTHERS 48 13 12 25 -16 90 4 0 5 130 10.0
1995-96 PANTHERS 79 32 38 70 4 160 19 0 3 225 14.2
1996-97 PANTHERS 82 27 29 56 7 170 9 1 4 221 12.2
1997-98 PANTHERS 79 15 24 39 -14 127 6 0 1 188 8.0
1998-99 PANTHERS 67 18 27 45 5 85 4 0 3 136 13.2
1999-00 PANTHERS 77 18 28 46 14 126 6 0 2 134 13.4
2000-01 PANTHERS 40 4 9 13 -13 46 1 0 0 58 6.9
2000-01 BLUES 23 7 1 8 0 25 2 0 0 37 18.9
2001-02 BLUES 64 15 26 41 -5 93 8 0 2 137 11.0
2002-03 BLUES 80 26 31 57 1 176 13 0 4 132 19.7
2003-04 BLUES 68 14 17 31 -7 76 6 0 3 103 13.6
2005-06 THRASHERS 71 12 22 34 5 55 3 0 3 100 12.0
2006-07 THRASHERS 69 12 24 36 -9 63 5 0 2 103 11.6
NHL TOTALS 1,431  364  476  840  -36  2,479  140 1 56 2,960  12.3 

CAREER PLAYOFF STATISTICS

SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM  PPG  SHG  GWG  S S%
1986-87 FLYERS 24 5 5 10 7 46 0 0 1
1987-88 FLYERS 7 0 1 1 -6 16 0 0 0 14 0.0
1988-89 FLYERS 19 4 5 9 2 28 0 0 0 45 8.9
1991-92 OILERS 16 2 1 3 -3 29 1 0 1 26 7.7
1995-96 PANTHERS 22 3 6 9 -10 44 2 0 0 57 5.3
1996-97 PANTHERS 5 0 2 2 -1 4 0 0 0 6 0.0
1999-00 PANTHERS 4 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 0.0
2000-01 BLUES 15 3 3 6 -1 17 2 0 0 32 9.4
2001-02 BLUES 10 7 3 10 1 18 4 0 1 25 28.0
2002-03 BLUES 6 0 1 1 0 10 0 0 0 13 0.0
2003-04 BLUES 4 0 1 1 -4 2 0 0 0 3 0.0
2006-07 THRASHERS 4 0 0 0 -2 4 0 0 0 4 0.0
NHL TOTALS  136  24  29  53  -17  220 9 0 3 229 

NOTABLE

Flyers

Originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1984, Mellanby would finish his career with 364 goals and 840 points to go with 2,479 penalty minutes. He added 53 more points and 220 PIM in 136 playoff games.

Mellanby scored 20-or-more goals eight times, including 23 with the Oilers in 1991-92 after being acquired from the Flyers in a six-player deal that sent Jari Kurri to Philly. He had 100-or-more PIM in 11 seasons, including sin bin times of 197 and 147 minutes with the Oilers.

For trivia buffs, Mellanby was the player who created the fad in Florida that saw fans toss plastic rats on the ice after Panther goals. He started the trend by killing a real rat in the Panthers’ dressing room in October 1995 between periods of a game against Calgary. Mellanby would score two goals in that game in what was declared a “rat-trick.” 

THE STORY

Mellanby

Mellanby could play the game anyway you wanted to play it. In his first season with the Oilers, his 50 points left him fourth in team scoring behind only Vincent Damphousse, Joe Murphy and Craig Simpson. His 197 penalty minutes was second on the team to Dave Manson (220 PIM).

In 1992-93, a season in which the Oilers struggled mightily to a record of 26-50-8, beginning a stretch in which they would miss the playoffs for four consecutive seasons, Mellanby scored 15-17-32 in 69 games. The Oilers left him available for the 1993 expansion draft, where he was taken by Florida.

Mellanby’s relatively brief tenure wearing Edmonton silks came with a team clearly on the decline – he’d enjoy his best years in Florida, including a 60-point campaign in 1993-94. Mellanby was one of the few players that fans could count as the Oilers spiraled into mediocrity and the 1990 Stanley Cup win became a distant speck in the rear-view mirror. 

This series will look at the top 100 Edmonton Oilers from the NHL era 1979-80 to 2014-15, starting with 100 and working up. Find previous editions of the Top 100 here

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  • Spoils

    speaking of top 100 Oilers. The Bruins are quietly testing the trade market for a number of their players.

    Chara? could he help settle our youngsters? what if we could get him on a short 1-2 yr deal? what would we have to give up?

    polarizing enough?

  • Spoils

    How the heck can Mellanby even thought to be included in the top 100 Oilers with under 2 seasons played and only 1 playoff goal.The team has 5 cups,surely there is 200 better candidates.

        • If we were limiting the list to, say, 50 players, and we asked 100 readers to submit a list, I think we’d probably end up with a few lists that were the same — names, not exact order.

          Stretch it to 100 and it gets pretty muddy, especially down in the 90s, where we are now. Like I said back on Aug. 12, people put different importance on different factors — Cup wins, role in those Cup wins, personal stats, games spent with the Oilers etc etc etc. Is a fourth-line mucker who played with three Cup winners deserving of a higher place on the list than the best player on awful teams that won nothing? Some will say yes. Others will say no.

          There is no “right” list.

  • Spoils

    Roster players of every winning team during the cup years.Also maybe ones that scored more than 3 points during any playoff run.

    He only played 140 games for the Oil,gotta be a baseline set for alltime top 100 oilers than 140 games or parts of 2 seasons

    • Spoils

      maybe you should have Jimmy Carson or Spacek or Peca or some others with under 140 games. Geez have we lowered the bar that a cup of coffee get you concidered as alltime Oiler

      • Carson is on the list. Can’t ignore a 50-goal player. Spacek and Peca didn’t make it.

        If you’re actually interested in the thinking that already has and will go into making the list, we ran an item on that back on Aug. 12. If you’re not interested and are just here to complain, you’ll have to carry on without me. By the way, Mellanby played 149 games with the Oilers, not “under 140.”

    • No. And he won’t get that high during the time this list will run.

      Said when I started this that I wouldn’t include him, but I’m re-thinking that. If McDavid scores, say, 30-35-65 this season, and I’m still compiling the list, can I leave him off if I have a player with similar stats and a similar amount of games on the list?

      • You haven’t completed the list yet? I thought you had and we were just counting down. What if he scores 20-25 as an 18 year old? What I’m getting at is will these be a what have you done list completely or will potential play in at all?

        • If you went by potential people who believe McDavid will score 100 points this season would have him in the top-20 already. Potential will have zero impact on rankings.

          I have my 100 names. The order can still change slightly for current Oilers — Hall, Eberle, RNH — who already have a place on it based on what they do or don’t do. The question is what I do with McDavid if he has a terrific season. If I put him in, somebody will have to come out and it’ll have to be a name that hasn’t already run.

  • Mike Modano's Dog

    You know what I can’t understand, and what I’m hoping you’ll remember from covering the team back then:

    Why on earth the Oilers left HIM unprotected. They were bereft of talent for a lot of that era. Do you remember who they kept, and what mistakes they made on talented prospects yet to make it but never did? Of course hindsight is 20/20 but it would still be very interesting to hear now!

    I think I can still hearing my brother wailing in disappointment when he found out he was left available!! 😉

  • Mike Modano's Dog

    Yes absolutely no “right” list. Although I gotta say I was a tad dissapointed to hear you say Peca is not on the list. I was thinking 80-90 . Monster playoff performer In 06. But a terrible regular season is what I’m thinking cooks him with your list. Anyways, I’ll continue to enjoy. It’s a lot of fun