Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dainius Zubrus
At age eleven Dainius moved to Kharkov, Ukraine to play hockey and became good friends with Dmitri Yakushin. The two friends would later find themselves teammates while playing junior hockey in Canada. The Canadian hockey scene was not an entirely new experience for Zubrus when he joined the Pembroke Lumber Kings in 1995 as he had been to Canada three years earlier to play in the 1992 Quebec International Pee Wee tournament.

Zubrus was drafted 15th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers and he made his NHL debut on October 5, 1996, scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers. In his rookie season he proved that he would not be intimidated by the opposition and even earned some playing time on the Flyers big line with Eric Lindros and John LeClair, and helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Final only to lose in four straight games against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Flyers traded Zubrus to the Montreal Canadiens on March 10, 1999, with a pair of draft picks, in exchange for Mark Recchi. While in Montreal he took steps to improve his all-around game and had his best statistical season in 1999-00. He registered his first career hat-trick on October 14, 2000, against the Chicago Blackhawks, but was traded by the Canadiens to the Washington Capitals on March 13, 2001, and finished the year 16 points off his previous best total.

The talented forward tallied 43 points in 2001-02 and continued his strong play the following year despite being limited to a just 63 games. In 2003-04 Zubrus reached the 500-games played plateau and was named to Team Russia for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Appearing in 71 games for the Capitals in 2005-06, Zubrus tallied a new career-high with 57 points. The following season Zubrus would continue his assault offensively on the league alongside sophomore sensation Alexander Ovechkin. Despite his increased point production, Zubrus was dealt to the Buffalo Sabres with Timo Helbling for Jiri Novotny and a first-round draft pick.

Zubrus finished his season off with the Sabres recording a new career-high 24 goals and 36 assists. After only 19 regular season, and 15 playoff games played with the Sabers, Zubrus' time in Buffalo had come to an end. The free agent was signed by the New Jersey Devils in the summer of 2007.

New Jersey would become home for Zubrus for the next eight seasons. He proved to be a model of durability for the club, suiting up in all 82 games four times. His most productive season with the Devils came in 2011-12 when he found the back of the net 17 times and added 27 assists for 44 points.

In the summer of 2015, Zubrus was placed on waivers by the Devils with the purpose of buying out his contract, making Zubrus a free agent. On November 24, 2015 he signed a one year deal with the San Jose Sharks. He would play one season in California which would prove to be his last in the NHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Pembroke Lumber Kings ON-Jr.A 28 19 13 32 73
1995-96 Caledon Canadians ON-Jr.A 7 3 7 10 2 17 11 12 23 4
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 68 8 13 21 22 +3 19 5 4 9 12
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 8 25 33 42 +29 5 0 1 1 2
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 63 3 5 8 25 -5
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 3 5 8 4 -3
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 14 28 42 54 -1
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 49 12 12 24 30 -7
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 12 1 1 2 7 -4 6 0 0 0 2
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 71 17 26 43 38 +5
2002-03 Washington Capitals NHL 63 13 22 35 43 +15 6 2 2 4 4
2003-04 Washington Capitals NHL 54 12 15 27 38 -16
2004-05 Russia W-Cup 4 2 1 3 4 +2
2004-05 Lada Togliatti Russia 42 8 11 19 85 10 3 1 4 22
2004-05 Lithuania WC-B 4 3 1 4 2
2005-06 Washington Capitals NHL 71 23 34 57 84 +3
2006-07 Washington Capitals NHL 60 20 32 52 50 -16
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 19 4 4 8 12 -3 15 0 8 8 8
2007-08 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 13 25 38 38 +2 5 0 1 1 8
2008-09 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 15 25 40 69 +6 7 0 1 1 10
2009-10 New Jersey Devils NHL 51 10 17 27 28 +4 5 1 0 1 8
2010-11 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 13 17 30 53 -11
2011-12 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 17 27 44 34 +7 24 3 7 10 18
2012-13 New Jersey Devils NHL 22 2 7 9 12 -3
2013-14 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 13 13 26 46 +1
2014-15 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 4 6 10 42 -9
2015-16 San Jose Sharks NHL 50 3 4 7 20 +4 14 1 1 2 6
NHL Totals 1293 228 363 591 791 106 12 25 37 78


Traded to Montreal by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 2nd round pick (Matt Carkner) in 1999 NHL Draft and NY Islanders' 6th round pick (previously acquired, Montreal selected Scott Selig) in 2000 NHL Draft for Mark Recchi, March 10, 1999. Traded to Washington by Montreal with Trevor Linden and New Jersey's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Andreas Holmqvist) in 2001 NHL Draft for Richard Zednik, Jan Bulis and Washington's 1st round pick (Alexander Perezhogin) in 2001 NHL Draft, March 13, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Togliatti (Russia), July 1, 2004. Traded to Buffalo by Washington with Timo Helbling for Jiri Novotny and Buffalo's 1st round pick (later traded to San Jose - San Jose selected Nicholas Petrecki) in 2007 NHL Draft, February 27, 2007. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 3, 2007. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to wrist injury vs. NY Rangers, February 5, 2013. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, November 24, 2015.
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