Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Chris Gratton
The native of Brantford, Ontario Chris Gratton played Junior B in his hometown before joining the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs in 1991-92. In his rookie season with the Frontenacs Gratton captured OHL Rookie-of-the-Year honours and was a member of the OHL All-Rookie Team. A member of Canada's Gold Medal team at the 1993 World Junior Championships, Gratton was also named to the OHL's Third All-Star Team before going on to make his NHL debut.

Chosen third overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Gratton gradually improved over his first four seasons in the league, scoring a career high 30 goals in 1996-97. In August, 1997 he signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers but only lasted a little over a season there and in December, 1998 he was traded back to the Lightning.

Prior to the trade deadline in March, 2000 he was sent to the Buffalo Sabres in a multi-player transaction. He was utilized in a number of roles and seemed to thrive at times under coach Lindy Ruff's close-checking system. Gratton began the 2001-02 season as a key two-way forward on the hard working Sabres and continued to work hard on his game until he was dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes at the trade deadline in 2003. Upon his arrival in Phoenix the former Kingston Frontenac star went on to play the remainder of the 2002-03 season with the Coyotes and the better part of the 2003-04 season, until he was traded yet again at the trading deadline to the Colorado Avalanche along with blueliner Ossi Vaananen.

Following a lock out season in 2004-05, Gratton was acquired by the Florida Panthers. As a Panther, Gratton would compete in 157 regular season games and provide veteran leadership on a relatively young Panther line-up. In the summer of 2007, the Panthers traded Gratton back to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the club which originally drafted the Brantford, Ontario native back in 1993.

Aside from his World Junior experience, Gratton has represented his homeland at the World Championships (1997-1998).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Brantford Classics ON-Jr.B 1 0 2 2 2
1990-91 Brantford Classics ON-Jr.B 31 30 30 60 28
1991-92 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 62 27 39 66 37
1992-93 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 58 55 54 109 125 16 11 18 29 42
1992-93 Canada WJC-A 7 2 2 4 6
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 84 13 29 42 123 -25
1994-95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 46 7 20 27 89 -2
1995-96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 17 21 38 105 -13 6 0 2 2 27
1996-97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 30 32 62 201 -28
1996-97 Canada WC-A 11 0 5 5 14
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 22 40 62 159 +11 5 2 0 2 10
1997-98 Canada WC-A 4 1 0 1 4
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 26 1 7 8 41 -8
1998-99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 52 7 19 26 102 -20
1999-00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 58 14 27 41 121 -24
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 1 7 8 15 +1 5 0 1 1 4
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 19 21 40 102 0 13 6 4 10 14
2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 15 24 39 75 0
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 15 29 44 86 -5
2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 14 0 1 1 21 -11
2003-04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 68 11 18 29 93 -19
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 13 2 1 3 18 +1 11 0 0 0 27
2004-05
2005-06 Florida Panthers NHL 76 17 22 39 104 +6
2006-07 Florida Panthers NHL 81 13 22 35 94 +1
2007-08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 60 10 11 21 77 -7
2008-09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 18 0 2 2 10 -3
2008-09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 24 3 12 15 8 -2
2008-09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 6 0 1 1 2 +2
NHL Totals 1092 214 354 568 1638 40 8 7 15 82


OHL All-Rookie Team (1992)
OHL Rookie of the Year (1992)
Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, August 14, 1997. Traded to Tampa Bay by Philadelphia with Mike Sillinger for Mikael Renberg and Daymond Langkow, December 12, 1998. Traded to Buffalo by Tampa Bay with Tampa Bay's 2nd round pick (Derek Roy) in 2001 NHL Draft for Cory Sarich, Wayne Primeau, Brian Holzinger and Buffalo's 3rd round pick (Alexander Kharitonov) in 2000 NHL Draft, March 9, 2000. Traded to Phoenix by Buffalo with Buffalo's 4th round pick (later traded to Edmonton - Edmonton selected Liam Reddox) in 2004 NHL Draft for Daniel Briere and Phoenix's 3rd round pick (Andrej Sekera) in 2004 NHL Draft, March 10, 2003. Traded to Colorado by Phoenix with Ossi Vaananen and Phoenix's 2nd round pick (Paul Stastny) in 2005 NHL Draft for Derek Morris and Keith Ballard, March 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Florida, August 12, 2005. Traded to Tampa Bay by Florida for Tampa Bay's 2nd round pick (Jacob Markstrom) in 2008 NHL Draft, June 13, 2007. Claimed on waivers by Columbus from Tampa Bay, February 21, 2009.
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