Top 15 Worst 1,000 Point Scorers In NHL History
Since the NHL started back in 1917, there have been a total of just 85 players to score 1,000 career points. In January 2017, two players joined the ranks with Alexander Ovechkin and Henrik Sedin crossing the barrier. Overall, there are just six active players that have scored 1,000 points with Gordie Howe first achieving the mark back in 1960. Sidney Crosby will join the ranks shortly, too.
Obviously, there are no bad players that have been able to score 1,000 career points in the NHL. It’s a testament to their toughness, skill and determination to be able to stick around long enough to be able to collect enough assists and goals. However, not all of them are what we would consider hockey legends. In fact, many of the names that appear on the list are ones that history have forgotten about.
So out of those 85 players that have reached 1,000 points, who ranks among the weakest? Here are our picks for the 15 worst players in NHL history that have scored 1,000 points. Again, we don’t want to say that any of these players are bad by any stretch, it’s just that they didn’t have the peak or staying history that some of their other club members did during their careers.
- Dave Taylor
We start with right winger Dave Taylor that actually has the distinction of being the lowest drafted player to join the 1,000 point club, having been drafted 210th overall back in 1975. Taylor joined the club on February 5, 1991, becoming the 29th player to cross the threshold. Taylor spent his entire career with the Kings, scoring a total of 1,069 points with 638 of those points coming as assists.
What helped Taylor to get into the club was being part of the famed Triple Crown line with Marcel Dionne and Charlie Simmer. Taylor racked up a lot of assists thanks to those guys, and never really stood out on his own as the best of the bunch. Taylor was a four-time All Star, but that’s actually fairly low considering the other players that have scored 1,000 points, and he just makes the list because of it.
- Phil Housley
There aren’t too many defensemen on the 1,000 point scoring list, but here we find Phil Housley. Housley spent two decades in the NHL with eight different teams, and a bulk of his seasons came in Buffalo with eight campaigns. Housley finished his career with a total of 1,232 points with 894 of those coming from the assists category, and the 1,000th point of his career came in November 1997.
Housley was named an All Star seven times during his career, but is never close to being mentioned when talking about the greatest defensemen of all-time. It was a testament to his longevity to be included in the 1,000 point club, but Housley would finish with a career -53 in the plus/minus department.
- Rod Brind’Amour
Center Rod Brind’Amour took a very long time to get to the 1,000 point mark, doing so in November 2006 during his 1,202nd game. Brind’Amour was a highly regarded player in the NHL, but at no point was he ever really considered among the best at his position. Instead, he had significant longevity in the league and won a Stanley Cup in 2006 with Carolina that enhanced his legacy.
Brind’Amour never scored more than 36 goals in a season, and only reached the 90’s in total points just once in his career. Brind’Amour was a solid captain, but never a phenomenal player that finished with a career plus/minus of -39. He retired after the 2009-10 season having played 21 seasons with three different teams, making just one All Star squad.
- Dino Ciccarelli
A name that most of us younger people only really remember because it was fun to say and he was good in NHL 94, Dino Ciccarelli didn’t quite have the offensive peak that a lot of 1,000 point scorers had. Ciccarelli had two seasons where he scored at least 100 points that were spread apart by five seasons, but never a consistent streak as a great scorer.
Ciccarelli played for nearly 20 years with five teams, mainly the Stars. Ciccarelli did not average one point per game like many of the others on the list have, and he even finished -2 on the plus/minus chart. Though he stuck around long enough and scored enough points to get into the Hall of Fame, his name is often forgotten among the greats that make up the 1,000 point club.
- Doug Weight
It was almost too obvious that Doug Weight was one of those guys that was willing to stick around in the NHL to get to the 1,000 point club despite not having much left to offer. Weight played for 19 seasons in the NHL with six teams, most notably the Oilers of the 1990’s where he had a -48 plus/minus rating. Weight only had two seasons where he scored at least 75 points, and those two were what helped get him to the mark.
Weight’s final four seasons did not bring a lot of production as he scored just 89 points total in nearly 200 games. Weight was selected to four All Star Games and won a Stanley Cup in 2006, though he was never really among the best centers and took 1,168 games to get to the elusive club.