Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Derek King
Derek King was a left-winger with a fine offensive touch and above-average speed. He often scored his goals in bunches and preferred to use his speed to shed the opposition as opposed to playing rough.

King started his junior career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 1984-85. Under coach Terry Crisp, he scored 73 points and helped the Soo dominate at home and reach the Memorial Cup tournament. After the season he was chosen 13th overall by New York Islanders at the NHL Entry Draft. King was traded to the Oshawa Generals part way through next year then scored 53 goals his last year of junior in 1986-87.

King joined the Islanders for two games late in 1986-87 then scored 36 points in 55 games as a rookie in 1987-88. Over the next three years his play was decent if not spectacular as he took a regular shift and worked a fair bit of time on the power-play. King broke through with 40 goals in 1991-92 then represented Canada at 1992 World Championships when the squad finished a disheartening eighth.

The fleet winger scored 38 goals in 1992-93 and added 14 points in 18 post-season games en route to the semi-finals. He scored 30 goals in 1993-94 but then his production began to slip. In 1996-97 he was rebounding with 53 points in 70 games when he was traded to the Hartford Whalers for a draft pick. This move was partly based on economics since King was about to become a free agent.

King signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in July 1997 and scored 21 goals after a poor start. The fast-skating club under Pat Quinn in '98-'99 suited him better and he played on a decent line with Mike Johnson and Alyn McCauley. He finished with 24 goals and scored the last-ever goal by a Leaf player at Maple Leaf Gardens. His production stalled later in the season when McCauley went down with a career-threatening head injury.

King's output was disappointing in the playoffs as he had just four points in 16 games during the Leafs' march to the semi-finals. He saw little ice time in 1999-2000 before a trade brought him to the St. Louis Blues where played 27 games. King spent the 2000-01 season in the IHL where he was the leading scorer of the Grand Rapids Griffins.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Hamilton Mountain A's ON-Jr.A 8 1 2 3 0
1983-84 Hamilton Mountain A's ON-Jr.A 37 10 14 24 142
1984-85 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 63 35 38 73 106 16 3 13 16 11
1984-85 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds M-Cup 4 2 2 4 8
1985-86 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 25 12 17 29 33
1985-86 Oshawa Generals OHL 19 8 13 21 15 6 3 2 5 13
1986-87 Oshawa Generals OHL 57 53 53 106 74 17 14 10 24 40
1986-87 New York Islanders NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 4 0 3 3 7
1987-88 New York Islanders NHL 55 12 24 36 30 +7 5 0 2 2 2
1987-88 Springfield Indians AHL 10 7 6 13 6
1988-89 New York Islanders NHL 60 14 29 43 14 +10
1988-89 Springfield Indians AHL 4 4 0 4 0
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 46 13 27 40 20 +2 4 0 0 0 4
1989-90 Springfield Indians AHL 21 11 12 23 33
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 66 19 26 45 44 +1
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 80 40 38 78 46 -10
1991-92 Canada WC-A 6 1 1 2 6
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 77 38 38 76 47 -4 18 3 11 14 14
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 78 30 40 70 59 +18 4 0 1 1 0
1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 43 10 16 26 41 -5
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 61 12 20 32 23 -10
1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 70 23 30 53 20 -6
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 12 3 3 6 2 0
1997-98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 77 21 25 46 43 -7
1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 81 24 28 52 20 +15 16 1 3 4 4
1999-00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 0 0 2 -2
1999-00 St. Louis Blues NHL 19 2 7 9 6 0
1999-00 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 52 19 30 49 25 +20 17 7 8 15 8
2000-01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 76 32 51 83 19 +38 10 5 5 10 4
2001-02 Munchen Barons Germany 60 19 26 45 22 9 2 4 6 4
2002-03 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 59 13 28 41 20 +14 15 4 10 14 6
2003-04 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 77 9 21 30 19 -1 4 0 2 2 0
NHL Totals 830 261 351 612 417 47 4 17 21 24


OHL Rookie of the Year (1985)
OHL First All-Star Team (1987)
IHL Second All-Star Team (2001)
Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy (Leading Scorer - IHL) (2001) (tied with Steve Larouche)
Traded to Hartford by NY Islanders for Hartford's 5th round pick (Adam Edinger) in 1997 NHL Draft, March 18, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 4, 1997. Traded to St. Louis by Toronto for Tyler Harlton and future considerations, October 20, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, August 10, 2000. Signed as a free agent with Munchen (Germany), July 13, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 24, 2002.
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