TOP 100 OILERS: VINCENT DAMPHOUSSE (56)

Vincent Damphousse was an absolutely terrific player, a guy who used a combination of quickness and hockey smarts to score 70-or-more points in a season eight times during his NHL career. Unfortunately, Damphousse did it just once as a member of the Edmonton Oilers, leading the team in scoring with 89 points during the 1991-92 season.

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Damphousse, who’d play just 80 games with what was left of the 1990 Stanley Cup champion Oilers, was the epitome of the “here for a good time, not a long time” guy in Edmonton, otherwise he’d no doubt occupy a higher place on this Top 100 list. He’s likely as well-known in these parts for the blockbuster trade that brought him here and the lousy trade that sent him packing a year later. Too bad.

Vincent Damphousse (C)

Born Dec 17 1967 — Montreal, PQ 

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Height 6.01 — Weight 191 [185 cm/87 kg]

Drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs


Round 1 #6 overall 1986 NHL Entry Draft

BY THE NUMBERS

Season

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Age

Tm

GP

G

A

PTS

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+/-

PIM

S%

1986-87

19

TOR

80

21

25

46

-6

26

14.8

1987-88

20

TOR

75

12

36

48

2

40

10.8

1988-89

21

TOR

80

26

42

68

-8

75

13.7

1989-90

22

TOR

80

33

61

94

2

56

14.4

1990-91

23

TOR

79

26

47

73

-31

65

10.5

1991-92

24

EDM

80

38

51

89

10

53

15.4

1992-93

25

MTL

84

39

58

97

5

98

13.6

1993-94

26

MTL

84

40

51

91

0

75

14.6

1994-95

27

MTL

48

10

30

40

15

42

8.1

1995-96

28

MTL

80

38

56

94

5

158

15.0

1996-97

29

MTL

82

27

54

81

-6

82

11.1

1997-98

30

MTL

76

18

41

59

14

58

11.0

1998-99

31

TOT

77

19

30

49

-4

50

10.0

1998-99

31

MTL

65

12

24

36

-7

46

8.2

1998-99

31

SJS

12

7

6

13

3

4

16.3

1999-00

32

SJS

82

21

49

70

4

58

10.3

2000-01

33

SJS

45

9

37

46

17

62

8.9

2001-02

34

SJS

82

20

38

58

8

60

11.6

2002-03

35

SJS

82

23

38

61

-13

66

13.1

2003-04

36

SJS

82

12

29

41

-5

66

7.7

7 yrs

MTL

519

184

314

498

26

559

12.3

6 yrs

SJS

385

92

197

289

14

316

10.8

5 yrs

TOR

394

118

211

329

-41

262

12.8

1 yr

EDM

80

38

51

89

10

53

15.4

Career

1378

432

773

1205

9

1190

12.3

PLAYOFFS:

Season

Age

Tm

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

S%

1986-87

19

TOR

12

1

5

6

-3

8

5.6

1987-88

20

TOR

6

0

1

1

-3

10

0.0

1989-90

22

TOR

5

0

2

2

1

2

0.0

1991-92

24

EDM

16

6

8

14

5

8

13.3

1992-93

25

MTL

20

11

12

23

8

16

21.2

1993-94

26

MTL

7

1

2

3

-1

8

7.1

1995-96

28

MTL

6

4

4

8

2

0

15.4

1996-97

29

MTL

5

0

0

0

-5

2

0.0

1997-98

30

MTL

10

3

6

9

-4

22

7.1

1998-99

31

SJS

6

3

2

5

1

6

13.6

1999-00

32

SJS

12

1

7

8

-5

16

3.6

2000-01

33

SJS

6

2

1

3

-1

14

13.3

2001-02

34

SJS

12

2

6

8

-1

12

11.8

2003-04

36

SJS

17

7

7

14

0

20

18.9

Career

140

41

63

104

-6

144

12.2

NOTABLE

The Oilers had already dismantled much of the team that had five Stanley Cups in the trophy case when GM Glen Sather acquired Damphousse from the Toronto Maple Leafs in one of the biggest deals of the 1990s. The Oilers sent future HHOFers Grant Fuhr and Glenn Anderson along with Craig Berube to the Big Smoke for Damphousse, Luke Richardson, Scott Thornton and Peter Ing – plus, of course, a little cash.

Just 24 at the time, Damphousse responded by scoring 38-51-89, leaving him seven points ahead of runner-up Joe Murphy. He led the Oilers in several offensive categories, including goals, assists, points, PP goals (12) and game-winning goals (eight). Damphousse added 14 points in 16 playoffs games, third on the team behind Murphy and Bernie Nicholls, as the Oilers were swept by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Campbell Conference final.

The 38 goals represented the third-best total of Damphousse’s 1,378-game NHL career. The 89 points was the fifth-best of his tenure in The Show. Not bad on an Oiler team that had slipped to sixth in the league with 295 goals after regularly scoring 400-plus goals during the dynasty days. Damphousse and Murphy were the drivers that season.

THE STORY

The Oilers were barely better than .500 (36-34-10 for 82 points in 80 games) with Damphousse. They wouldn’t get within a $5-cab ride of that total in 1992-93 after trading him to the Montreal Canadiens during the off-season with a fourth-round draft choice for Shayne Corson, who’d worn out his welcome in Montreal, Brent Gilchrist and Vladimir Vujtek.

Damphousse, a native of Montreal, paid instant dividends for the Habs by scoring 97 points. Montreal went on to win the 1993 Stanley Cup. With me-first guy Corson greasing the rails, the Oilers came off the tracks, finishing 1992-93 with 60 points in 84 games (26-50-8). The Damphousse-for-Corson swap wasn’t the only reason for the free-fall, but it certainly accounted for a big chunk of it.

In his first four seasons with Montreal, Damphousse tallied 97, 91, 40 (48-game season) and 94 points. The Oilers, meanwhile, missed the playoffs for the first time in franchise history and in all four of those seasons. That’s not a coincidence. Damphousse was terrific in his one and only season as a member of the Oilers.

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. 


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