|Position: Left Wing
Born: September 29, 1963
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height: 6'4" Weight: 220 lbs.
Drafted by Buffalo, 1st Round, 16th Overall, 1982 NHL Entry Draft
Seasons with Buffalo: 1982-83 to 1992-93, 2000-01
Uniform Numbers: 29, 25, 52
|Dave Andreychuk is probably the most underrated player in Sabres history. For some reason, fans never held him in the same regard as superstars like Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Rene Robert or Danny Gare.
When you look at the numbers, Andreychuk trails only Perreault and Martin on the Sabres all-time goal scoring list, and sits ahead of Robert and Gare. Looking at Andreychuk's career numbers, had he played his entire career in Buffalo he would hold just about every major scoring record in team history, surpassing Perreault in career goals scored and powerplay goals, and would be second only to Perreault in career assists and points.
Maybe it was the lack of playoff success during Andreychuk's time in Buffalo, or perhaps the fact that he never really played as physical as the fans thought a 6'4", 200 pound winger should. Regardless, Dave Andreychuk deserves to be viewed with the same respect as the superstar players that preceeded him in the Blue and Gold.
|Coming into the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, Buffalo Sabres GM Scotty Bowman owned three of the first 16 overall picks. The number six pick, which was acquired in a trade that sent Jerry Korab to Los Angeles in 1980, was used to select defenseman Phil Housley. The ninth overall pick, which came from Calgary in the Don Edwards trade, was used to select left wing Paul Cyr. Finally, with their own pick, the Sabres selected Dave Andreychuk 16th overall.
After a solid training camp, Andreychuk started the 1982-83 season with Buffalo. He got his career off to a fast start, scoring a goal in his first NHL game, Buffalo's home opener against the Quebec Nordiques on October 6, 1982. Andreychuk was one of three rookies to score their first NHL goals in that game, joining draft-mate Cyr and rookie defenseman Hannu Virta in filling the net that night. Andreychuk
|Draft Day 1982. GM Scotty Bowman with his three first round picks, Phil Housley, Paul Cyr and Andreychuk.
Photo Credit: Paul Wieland
|round choice in 1995, (Kevin Popp). Fuhr had won the Stanley Cup 5 times as a member of the Edmonton Oilers, where he played for John Muckler, who had recently taken over as General Manager of the Buffalo Sabres.
At the time he was traded, Andreychuk had 29 goals, and was on pace for his best offensive season of his career. He finished the year with 54 goals, passing the 50 goal mark for the first time in his career. To date he remains the only 50 goal scorer in League history to be traded in mid season while scoring 25 or more goals for each of the teams he played for that year. Ironically, following the trade, the Sabres went on to sweep the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Playoffs, advancing to the second round for the first time in ten years.
Andreychuk scored 53 goals for the Maple Leafs in 1993-94, and finished the season with a career-high 99 points, whic was the second-highest total on the team. In the strike-shortened 1995 season, he finished second on the team in both goals and total points, while Fuhr, who struggled during the 1993-94 season, and eventually lost his starting job to Dominik Hasek, was traded away to the Los Angeles Kings, leaving Sabres fans to wonder if they hadn't gotten the short end of the stick.
Mid-way through the 1995-96 season, Andreychuk was traded again, this time to the New Jersey Devils. As a member of the Devils, Andreychuk notched his 500th career goal. He remained with the Devils through the 1998-99 season. Though his offensive numbers fell off over the years, Andreychuk still finished in the top five in scoring on the team in two of his three full seasons there.
|A free agent again, Andreychuk signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning for 2001-02, his 20th NHL season. Andreychuk played in all 82 of Tampa Bay's games and lead the team in goals with 21. His 38 points was third on the team. He also led the Lightning in penalty minutes with 109, the first time in his career he has led his team in that category. Andreychuk finished the season with 593 career goals. A fan favorite in Tampa Bay, he will likely get the chance to come back in 2002-03 and make a run at 600.
Though he is often left out when Sabres fans discuss the greatest players ever to step on the ice for thr franchise, Andreychuk remains second all time in assists and points, first in powerplay goals and third all-time in goals scored by a Sabres player. He is also sixth all-time for games played in a Sabres uniform.
Aside from his high standings on the Sabres' all-time scoring lists, he is among the NHL's elite scorers, standing third all-time in goals scored by a left wing in NHL history. He is second all-time for assists and points scored by a left wing in NHL history and the all-time leader in powerplay goals by a left wing in the NHL. When his career is through, he will likely join Gilbert Perreault in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
|Most goals in single game: 5, 2/8/86 against Boston Bruins (Doug Keans, Pat Riggin)
Most Power Play Goals (Career): 160
Most Power Play Goals (One Season): 28 (1991-92)
Most Power Play Goals (One Game): 4 (3/19/92 at Los Angeles)
Most Assists by a Left Wing (Career): 436
Most Points by a Left Wing (Career): 804
|In addition to being a good hockey player, Andreychuk is a master of Kung-Fu.
Photo Credit: Bill Wippert
|Andreychuk played his junior hockey for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, the same team which produced Hockey Hall of Famers Ted Lindsay and Bobby Orr. Andreychuk joined the Generals for the 1980-81 season, and scored 22 goals and 22 assists as an OHL rookie. In his second year with the Generals, Andreychuk came into his own as a goal scorer, using his size and long reach to full advantage. In 67 games during the 1981-82 season, Andreychuk scored 58 goals and 43 assists. He finished the season 2nd on the team, and 4th in the league in goals scored. His performance during the season made him a top prospect when he became eligible for the NHL Entry Draft in 1982.|
|continued his impressive debut, scoring 5 goals in his first 5 NHL games. Andreychuk left the team mid-season to represent Team Canada at the 1983 World Junior Championship Tournament. Following the Tournament, Andreychuk was returned briefly to his junior team, before being recalled to Buffalo for the remainder of the season. Andreychuk finished his rookie season with 14 goals and 23 assists in 43 games played, good for 10th on the team in both goals and total points. Andreychuk appeared in 4 of Buffalo's 10 post-season games that year, scoring his first career Playoff goal.|
|In 1983-84, his first full year with the Sabres, Andreychuk established himself as a legitimate scoring threat at the NHL level, filling the void left in the Sabres' arsenal when Tony McKegney was traded to the Quebec Nordiques in the off-season. In one stretch, from February 8 to February 23, 1984, Andreychuk recorded 8 consecutive multi-point games. Two of the goals scored during that stretch were overtime game-winners. For his efforts, Andreychuk was selected as the NHL's Co-Player of the Week. By season's end, Andreychuk was the Sabres' leading goal scorer, having scored 38 goals in 78 games. His 80 total points was second on the team behind only Perreault.|
|Two of the series. The hat-trick was the first Playoff hat-trick of Andreychuk's career.
In 1985-86, Andreychuk led the team in total points for the first of three consecutive seasons with 87. He led the team with 51 assists, a record for Sabres left wingers, and his 36 goals was second only to Mike Foligno, who had 41. Andreychuk was the only Sabre to appear in all 80 of the team's games during the season. The highlight of the season for Andreychuk came on February 6, 1986 when he scored a team-record 5 goals in and 8-6 win over the Boston Bruins in the Boston Garden. He also had one assist in the game.
|Andreychuk led the team in goals for the second consecutive season, scoring 31 times. He was third in scoring behind Perreault and Housley with 61 points. 14 of his goals were scored on the power play, which was also first on the team. A collar bone injury forced him out of the last 6 games of the regular season, but he rebounded in time for the Playoffs, and was tied with Ric Seiling for the team lead in goals with 4. Andreychuk had the game-winning goals in both of the Sabres' Playoff wins, as the team lost in the First Round to the Quebec Nordiques. Three of his goals came in the third period the team's 7-4 come-from-behind win in Game|
|Despite scoring only 25 goals during the 1986-87 season, his lowest total since his rookie year, Andreychuk again led the team in both assists and total points, with 48 and 73 respectively. He enjoyed the longest point scoring streak on the team, scoring points in 11 straight games. He also led the team with 13 power play goals, and 14 multi-point games.
1987-88 was another solid season for Andreychuk, as he led the team in points for the third straight season. His 48 assists led the team, and his 30 goals was second on the team behind rookie Ray Sheppard. Andreychuk and Sheppard tied for the team lead with 15 power play goals. During the course of the season, Andreychuk netted three hat-tricks, and twice posted four point games. For the second time in his career, Andreychuk played in all 80 of the team's games, and was again the only player on the team to do so. In the Playoffs, Andreychuk had a point in each of the team's six games, as the Sabres fell to the Bruins in the Adams Division Quarterfinals.
|Andreychuk started the 1988-89 season in fine fashion, posting a hat-trick and two assists in a game on October 12, 1988 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was on his way to another fine season when he was sidelined with a knee injury suffered on November 30, 1988 against Quebec. Andreychuk missed 21 games due to the injury, the first games he midded in the Sabres lineup since the last week of the 1987-88 season. He returned in mid-January, 1989, and resumed his stellar play, finishing the season 3rd on the team in goals with 28, and 5th in total points with 52.
Andreychuk came back strong in the 1989-90 season, posting the best season of his career to that point. His 40 goals was a then-career-high, tied for the team lead with Pierre Turgeon. 18 of his goals came on the power play, which again led the team, and was at the time the fourth-highest season total in team history. During the season he scored both his 500th NHL point and his 300th NHL assist. He represented the Sabres and the Wales Conference at the NHL All-Star Game, scoring a goal in the game. He finished the season with 82 points, second on the team to Turgeon. He led the team in scoring with 7 points, scoring 2 goals and 5 assists. 4 of his assists came in Game Four of the Adams Division Quarterfinals, tying a team record for assists in a Playoff game.
|In 1990-91, Andreychuk led the team in goals for the fourth time in his career, scoring 36 times. He finished third overall in points with 69, trailing Turgeon and Dale Hawerchuk, who had 79 and 89 points respectively. In the Playoffs, the Sabres were less than impressive, falling again in the First Round, this time to the Montreal Canadiens. The cries of "wait 'til next year", which echoed throught the Aud during Andreychuk's career were beginning to get tiresome. The lack of Playoff success which had plagued the team for years would eventually come to a head, but not before Andreychuk would rattle off one more successful season in the Blue and Gold.|
|The 1991-92 season saw more of the same old story for the Sabres. Moderate regular season success, followed by Playoff disappointment. The Sabres finished third in the Adams Division, helped by Andreychuk's 41 goal, 50 assist output. He again finished near the top of the list in goal scoring, second to Pat LaFontaine, and third in points behind LaFontaine and Hawerchuk. His 28 power play goals remains a Sabres franchise record. Andreychuk slumped his way through the 1992 Playoffs, accounting for only 4 points in the team's 7 game First Round loss to the Boston Bruins. The fans in Buffalo took notice, and the rumblings began that a trade might be overdue.
That trade came mid-way through the 1992-93 season, pleasing some fans who pinned the team's lack of Playoff success largely on Andreychuk's shoulders, and catching others off-guard. While it was true that the team hadn't won an opening round series since his rookie season of 1982-83, Andreychuk had been the team's leading scorer for much of his career. Regardless, the trade came through on February 2, 1993, sending Andreychuk to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with goaltender Daren Puppa, another perennial Playoff scapegoat, and the team's first round pick in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft (Kenny Jonsson). In return, the Sabres acquired Playoff-tested goaltender Grant Fuhr and a 5th
|In 1999, Andreychuk signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins. Though he was traded near the end of the season to the Colorado Avalanche, Andreychuk had accumulated enough points while in Boston to finish the season 5th in scoring on the Bruins.
At the end of the season, Andreychuk, now an aged veteran, was a free agent again. On July 13, 2000, he signed a one-year deal to return to the Buffalo Sabres. During the 2000-01 season, Andreychuk scored 20 goals, the 16th time in his career he had reached that mark. He added 13 assists, and provided valuable experience and leadership to the young Sabres team. In the Playoffs, Andreychuk added a goasl and 2 assists, as the Sabres advanced to the second round, losing a heart-breaking 7 game series to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
At the end of the season, Andreychuk expressed the desire to return to Buffalo for the 2001-02 season, but the team, and General Manager Darcy Regier, had different ideas, opting not to pick up the option on Andreychuk's contract.