Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Darryl Edestrand
Coming out of a successful junior career with the London Knights, defenseman Darryl Edestrand began his pro hockey career with the Rochester Americans of the AHL in 1965. He also played part of the year with the London Nationals of the OHA.

Edestrand, like many other fringe players in the mid 1960s, was happy to see expansion come along in 1967 when the NHL immediately went from six teams to 12. Edestrand landed his first NHL job with one of those new clubs, the St. Louis Blues, appearing in 12 games. He spent the next two seasons in the minor leagues with the Quebec Aces of the AHL, save two games he played with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1969-70.

By the early 1970s, the NHL grew to 14 teams, with the inclusion of the Buffalo Sabres and the Vancouver Canucks, which, by extension, opened up more NHL jobs. Edestrand joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1971-72, and started 77 games, picking up 33 points. He followed that strong season with a 78-game, 39-point performance in 1972-73, 15 of those points coming on goals.

Midway through the 1973-74, Edestrand was sent to the powerhouse Boston Bruins. The team made it to the Stanley Cup finals that year, and Edestrand dressed for 16 playoff games. However, the Bruins were thwarted in their attempt to win a third Cup in five years thanks to the stellar goaltending of Philadelphia's Bernie Parent.

Edestrand remained with the Bruins for almost five years before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings during the 1977-78 season. He stayed with the Kings for two years before being sent to the minors. He retired as a pro hockey player after the 1979-80 season, where he had played with the AHL's Binghampton Dusters.

One label that bothered Edestrand during his NHL career was being called an
"offensive" defenseman. "I'm sick and tired of it," Edestrand complained, while playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins "People say I get caught up ice a lot, but I'm trying to prove differently." From that verbal retort in 1973, Edestrand concentrated hard on dishing out more hits and not getting himself out of position. He became a more defensive player, but that was also the last time he scored more than ten goals in a season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 London Nationals ON-Jr.B
1962-63 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
1963-64 London Nationals ON-Jr.B
1964-65 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 5 0 0 0 5
1965-66 London Nationals OHA-Jr. 45 4 20 24 132
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 17 1 2 3 10 4 1 0 1 2
1966-67 Rochester Americans AHL 7 0 1 1 4
1967-68 St. Louis Blues NHL 12 0 0 0 2 -2
1967-68 Kansas City Blues CPHL 53 2 32 34 84 7 0 3 3 4
1968-69 Quebec Aces AHL 74 7 23 30 108 15 1 5 6 23
1969-70 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 6 -1
1969-70 Quebec Aces AHL 71 10 30 40 106 6 0 1 1 8
1970-71 Hershey Bears AHL 72 6 30 36 109 4 0 0 0 2
1971-72 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 10 23 33 52 -12 4 0 2 2 0
1972-73 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 15 24 39 88 +3
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -2
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 52 3 8 11 20 +19 16 1 2 3 15
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 68 1 9 10 56 +8 3 0 1 1 7
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 77 4 17 21 103 +7 12 1 3 4 23
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 17 0 3 3 16 +4 3 0 0 0 2
1976-77 Rochester Americans AHL 42 4 13 17 62 12 1 3 4 8
1977-78 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1977-78 Rochester Americans AHL 64 6 27 33 28
1977-78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 13 0 2 2 15 -8 2 1 1 2 4
1978-79 Los Angeles Kings NHL 55 1 4 5 46 -8 2 0 0 0 6
1979-80 Binghamton Dusters AHL 57 3 17 20 34
NHL Totals 455 34 90 124 404 42 3 9 12 57


Claimed by St. Louis from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Philadelphia by St. Louis with Gerry Melynk for Lou Angotti and Ian Campbell, June 11, 1968. Traded to Pittsburgh (Hershey-AHL) by Philadelphia with Larry McKillop for Barry Ashbee, May 22, 1970. Traded to Boston by Pittsburgh for Nick Beverley, October 25, 1973. Traded to Los Angeles by Boston for cash, March 13, 1978. Claimed by Los Angeles as a fill-in during Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979.
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