Saturday, September 8, 2007

Pierre Turgeon

One of the greatest players of his generation officially retired the other day. Pierre Turgeon has officially called it quits are a career that spanned 19 seasons. Drafted 1st overall in the 1987 entry draft by the Buffalo Sabres, Turgeon's best season came wearing the blue and orange when he scored 132 points (58 goals, 74 assists) in the 1992-93 season. In 1294 career games Turgeon notched 515 goals and 812 assists for 1327 points. He has consistently played 60+ games in all but 2 seasons in the last decade. Last season was sadly shortened by injury for Turgeon as he managed to play in only 17 games scoring an uncommonly low 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points. To continue the number-fest, Turgeon's career was stellar all around. With a +138 rating, only 452 penalty minutes and a shooting percentage greater than 16% Turgeon was a force for ever team he played for including the Sabres, Islanders, Canadiens, Blues, Stars and Avalanche.