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DOUG WEIGHT

#39

Center

Born 21/01/1971

Warren, MI

Height: 5' 11"

Weight: 200 lbs

Shoots: Left

          New York Rangers' 2nd pick in the 1990 Entry Draft (34th Overall).

          Traded to Edmonton for Esa Tikkanen, March 17, 1993.  Traded to St. Louis along with Michel Riesen for Jochen Hecht, Marty Reasoner and Jan Horacek, July 1, 2001.

 

 OILERS' STATS:

 SEASON:

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

 1992-93

13

2

6

8

10

 1993-94

84

24

50

74

47

 1994-95

48

7

33

40

69

 1995-96

82

25

79

104

95

 1996-97

80

21

61

82

80

 1997-98

79

26

44

70

69

 1998-99

43

6

31

37

12

 1999-00

77

21

51

72

54

 2000-01

82

25

65

90

91

 TOTALS:

588

157

420

577

527

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 PLAYOFFS:

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

 1996-97

12

3

8

11

8

 1997-98

12

2

7

9

14

 1998-99

4

1

1

2

15

 1999-00

5

3

2

5

4

 2000-01

6

1

5

6

17

 TOTALS:

39

10

23

33

58

 

 

Weight played well as an NHL rookie in 1991-92, scoring 30 points in 53 games. His fine adjustment to the pro game was overshadowed by the 35-goal performance of teammate and fellow rookie Tony Amonte. Both players injected life into the Rangers' lineup and helped the club finish at the top of the NHL standings with 105 points.

 

In 1992-93, Weight was enjoying a more productive season, but the Rangers were fading in the standings. In an attempt to shake up the team, the promising Weight was dealt to Edmonton in return for veteran Esa Tikkanen. In 1993-94 Tikkanen helped the Rangers win the Stanley Cup, but Weight pleased the Oilers' officials by scoring 74 points and becoming an enthusiastic leader on an improving team.

 

By 1995-96, Weight was a top offensive performer and recorded his first 100-point season. He and captain Kelly Buchberger were key reasons behind the Oilers' return to the playoffs in 1996-97. They upset the heavily favored Dallas Stars in the first round before bowing to the Colorado Avalanche in five games in the conference semifinals.

 

The next year Weight scored 70 points in 78 games and was part of the United States contingent at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. The Oilers got revenge on Colorado and knocked the Avs out in the opening round of the playoffs before Dallas gained retribution of its own in five games over Edmonton in the next round. By this time, Weight was entrenched as a crowd favorite in Edmonton because he played hard and he came to the rink every night to give his all.

 

Early in the 1998-99 season, the gritty forward suffered a serious knee injury that limited him to only 43 games. Weight was named the 10th captain in Oilers' history prior to the 1999-00 season. He scored 72 points in 77 games and helped the team reach the playoffs for the fourth straight year. And he tried to play through injuries when the team lost to the defending Stanley Cup champion Dallas Stars in the first round.

 

The Warren, MI native played one more season with the Oilers before testing the free agent market in the summer of 2001. After spending parts of nine seasons in Edmonton, Weight was traded to the St. Louis Blues prior to the 2001-02 season.