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ADAM OATES #77
Centre
Born: Aug 27, 1962
Weston, ON
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 190 lbs
Shoots: Right
Signed as an unresticted free agent to a one-year contract, November 17, 2003.

 
Adam Oates #77
 OILERS' STATS:
 REGULAR SEASON STATS:
 SEASON:
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
 2003-04*
15
0
3
3
0
 TOTAL:
15
0
3
3
0
 PLAYOFF STATS:
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
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* - Stats updated through December 30, 2003.
Career Highlights:
The name of Adam Oates is almost sure to come up when the conversation comes around to one-sided deals in the NHL. Near the beginning of his pro career, the hard-working center from Weston, Ontario, was at the heart of a trade that is often remembered as one of the biggest steals in league history. After the 1988-89 season Oates and his Detroit Red Wings teammate Paul MacLean were traded to the St. Louis Blues for Bernie Federko and Tony McKegney.
Within a year Federko had retired and McKegney had been traded away again. In St. Louis, however, Oates' fortunes took a completely different turn. Playing on a line with Brett Hull, he quickly gained the reputation as one of the NHL's premier passing centers and established himself as the number-one setup man for his high-scoring teammate Brett Hull. The two became friends as well, rooming together on road trips and living close to one another in St. Louis.
Maybe it was the big hype that had surrounded Oates during his time with the Wings that made the eventual trade seem so odd. In 1985, just out of college where he had been a star with NCAA champion Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Wings general manager Jim Devellano and team owner Mike Ilitch, who personally worked out the deal over the summer of 1985, had signed him. Oates was 23 when he signed with the Wings, and despite his college success, he was still an unproven rookie. So the fact that he signed the richest rookie contract in league history at the time, $1 million over four years did not exactly endear him to his teammates and opponents.
A hard worker without a lot of flash who was good on defense and at making plays, the young Oates one of the few NHL stars never to have been chosen in the draft was slotted into the Detroit lineup as a second-line center behind Steve Yzerman.
Oates split that rookie year between Detroit and Adirondack of the AHL. His Detroit tenure was short-lived, and it was only within the freer offensive system in place in St. Louis that he was able to come into his own as a playmaking center. After establishing his game there, Oates was traded again, this time to Boston in 1992. He spent parts of six seasons with the Bruins where he established a career high 45 goals and 97 assists for 142 points in 1992-93 before joining the Washington Capitals in the late stages of the 1996-97 season. Upon arriving in Washington, Oates was instrumental in leading the Caps to their first Stanley Cup final in 1998.
Following parts of six seasons with the Caps, Oates was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers at the March trading deadline in 2002. However, Oates' tenure with the Flyers would last only 14 games as he became a free agent during the off-season and signed with the Anaheim Might Ducks. Even though he was hampered by injuries during the 2002-03 season, he still managed to reach 1,400 points and ranked sixth all-time in career assists with 1,063 at the end of the season.
Oates topped the 2002-03 campaign by leading the Ducks to the Stanley Cup Final, only to lose to the New Jersey Devils in seven games. After only one season with Anaheim, Oates signed as a free-agent with the Edmonton Oilers early into the 2003-04 season.
15th on all-time NHL scoring list.
Honours and Awards:
1983-84 ECAC - Second All-Star Team; ECAC - First All-Star Team
1984-85 NCAA - Championship All-Tournament Team; East First All-American Team
1990-91 - Played in NHL All-Star Game; Second All-Star Team
1991-92 - Played in NHL All-Star Game
1992-93 - Played in NHL All-Star Game
1993-94 - Played in NHL All-Star Game
1996-97 - Played in NHL All-Star Game
Adam in his first practise as an Oiler, November 19, 2003.
Scouting Report (from TSN):
Assets: Is one of the greatest setup men of his generation, perhaps second only to Wayne Gretzky. Sees everything on the ice and anticipates the play well. Is a great face-off man and has good hand/eye coordination.
Flaws: Has slowed down considerably in his skating stride. Is smallish and not physical at all. 
Career potential: Second-line center.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Adam in action vs. Carolina - doing what he does best - December 9, 2003.