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Left Wing
Born: May 8, 1972
Fort Saskatchewan,  AB
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Shoots: Right
Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, October 1, 1997.
Claimed on waivers by Florida, November 6, 1997.

Ray Whitney #13
Coming out of the junior ranks, Whitney was considered one of the top players in Canada, but his lack of size scared off some teams.  He played for the WHL's Spokane Chiefs in 1988-89 and scored 50 points as a major junior rookie.  In 1989-90, he scored 57 goals and 113 points.  In 1990-91, he scored 65 goals and led the league with 185 points.  He was a WHL West First Team All-Star and won the league's MVP award.  In the post-season, he scored a league-best 31 points in 15 games as the Chiefs won the WHL playoff championship.  He and Pat Falloon then guided the Chiefs to victory at the Memorial Cup.
If not for his small stature, many think Ray Whitney would have been drafted higher than 23rd overall in the 1991 Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks.  He made his NHL debut that season on April 15 against the Flames and registered his first assist.  In 1992-93, Whitney played 26 games and scored his first NHL goal on December 1 against the Oilers.  In 1993-94, he joined the Sharks full-time and scored 40 points in 61 games.  That year, he helped the Sharks improve 58 points as they made the playoffs for the first time in club history.  In the playoffs, he scored four points in 14 games as the Sharks advanced to the second round.  In the shortened 1994-95 season, he scored 25 points in 39 games.  In 1995-96, he scored 41 points in 60 games.  In 1996-97, he played just 12 games at the NHL level.
Whitney signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers on October 1, 1997.  After only nine games with his new team, he was claimed on waivers by the Florida Panthers.  Some say it was the worst move Glen Sather ever made as GM of the Oilers.   Placing the talented winger on waivers certainly proved to be a huge gamble that ultimately came back to bite them, and to this day Oiler fans are left to ponder what might have been.
Despite playing only 68 games with the Panthers, he led the team with 32 goals, 61 points and 12 power-play goals.  In 1998-99, he led the Panthers with 26 goals, 38 assists, 64 points, seven power-play goals and six game-winning goals.