Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Adrien Plavsic
When it came time for higher development, Adrien Plavsic headed south of the Quebec border to attend the University of New Hampshire for one season in 1987-88. Plenty of scouts took notice of his play, but opinions varied as to his future potential in the NHL. Some scouts were impressed with his puck-handling skills and composure while others felt that he lacked the necessary toughness to survive in the long term.

One scout perhaps best described the very characteristic that most influenced Plavsic's uneven presence in the big leagues over the eight seasons that followed. He noted that Plavsic could cover every aspect of his game pretty well, but not extremely well. He was solid but never spectacular and in essence, was hampered by a blasť style of play.

But in spite of the debates, the St. Louis Blues stepped forward to select Plavsic 30th overall in 1988. He lasted only four games with the club, however, before heading to the minors and then on to the Vancouver Canucks' organization where picked up his first full-time action the following year.

In 1991-92, he was loaned to the Canadian National Team for the bulk of the year where he played in the Olympics in Albertville, France. He then managed to sustain two more seasons on the Canucks' blueline before his effectiveness in the league waned. He put in brief stints with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks before leaving the NHL in favour of the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the IHL.

In subsequent years, Plavsic played in Germany and Switzerland plus a return engagement with the Canadian National Team in 1999.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Lac St-Louis Lions QAAA 42 8 27 35 22 2 0 0 0 0
1987-88 U. of New Hampshire H-East 30 5 6 11 45
1988-89 Canada Nat-Tm 62 5 10 15 25
1989-90 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 0 1 1 2 +3
1989-90 Canada WJC-A 7 0 1 1 8
1989-90 Peoria Rivermen IHL 51 7 14 21 87
1989-90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 11 3 2 5 8 -2
1989-90 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 3 1 2 3 14 6 1 3 4 6
1990-91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 48 2 10 12 62 -23
1991-92 Canada Nat-Tm 38 7 8 15 44
1991-92 Canada Olympics 8 0 2 2 0
1991-92 Vancouver Canucks NHL 16 1 9 10 14 +4 13 1 7 8 4
1992-93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 57 6 21 27 53 +28
1993-94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 47 1 9 10 6 -5
1993-94 Hamilton Canucks AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 0 1 1 4 +3
1994-95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 15 2 1 3 4 +5
1995-96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 7 1 2 3 6 +5
1995-96 Atlanta Knights IHL 68 5 34 39 32 3 0 1 1 4
1996-97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 6 0 0 0 2 -5
1996-97 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 69 7 28 35 86 18 0 9 9 10
1997-98 Revier Lowen Oberhausen Germany 36 4 15 19 28
1998-99 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 28 3 21 24 18
1999-00 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 42 12 16 28 83 15 4 6 10 18
2000-01 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 39 7 19 26 36 13 2 5 7 10
2000-01 ZSC Lions Zurich Con-Cup 3 0 0 0 6
2001-02 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 32 8 4 12 20 8 2 3 5 2
2003-04 EHC Basel Swiss 41 7 10 17 32
NHL Totals 214 16 56 72 161 13 1 7 8 4


Traded to Vancouver by St. Louis with Montreal's 1st round pick (previously acquired, Vancouver selected Shawn Antoski) in 1990 NHL Draft and St. Louis' 2nd round pick (later traded to Montreal - Montreal selected Craig Darby) in 1991 NHL Draft for Rich Sutter, Harold Snepsts and St. Louis' 2nd round pick (previously acquired, St. Louis selected Craig Johnson) in 1990 NHL Draft, March 6, 1990. Traded to Tampa Bay by Vancouver for Tampa Bay's 5th round pick (David Darguzas) in 1997 NHL Draft, March 23, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, September 6, 1996.
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