Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jimmy Carson
When Jimmy was 16, he left University-Liggett High School in Grosse Point, Michigan near Detroit to play in the Quebec junior league, where he scored 70 goals in his last year, 1985-86.

From there he was selected 2nd overall by Los Angeles in the 1986 draft and when he played his first game that fall he was the youngest player in the NHL. Just two years later, he set records for most goals (55) and points (107) in a season by an American-born player, and he was just the second youngest player to hit the 50-goal mark (Grtezky was the youngest).

On August 9, 1988, Carson was the key King involved in the trade that sent Wayne Gretzky out of Edmonton, and the pressure of replacing the Great One on the Oilers was huge. He scored 49 goals his first season, but just four games in to the 1989-90 season walked out on the team, demanding a trade. A trade it was, back home to Detroit, but Carson was unhappy playing second fiddle to Steve Yzerman, saw his ice time diminish, and forced a trade again, this time right back to La La Land and Gretzky and his only trip to the Cup finals (a loss to Montreal).

But by this time he was lucky to hit double digits in scoring, and fifty goals sounded more like career totals than play for a single season. Carson wound up in Vancouver and Hartford, where he never even reached double digits. In his final four NHL seasons, he had 58 goals, three shy of his total for all of 1987-88. Carson played briefly in Switzeralnd and the IHL before retiring in 1998.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Detroit Compuware MNHL 65 85 74 159
1984-85 Verdun Jr. Canadiens QMJHL 68 44 72 116 16 14 9 17 26 2
1984-85 Verdun Jr. Canadiens M-Cup 3 0 1 1 4
1985-86 Verdun Jr. Canadiens QMJHL 69 70 83 153 51 5 2 6 8 0
1985-86 United States WJC-A 7 4 1 5 0
1986-87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 37 42 79 22 -5 5 1 2 3 6
1986-87 United States WEC-A 10 2 3 5 4
1987-88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 55 52 107 45 -19 5 5 3 8 4
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 49 51 100 36 +3 7 2 1 3 6
1989-90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 1 2 3 0 -2
1989-90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 44 20 16 36 8 -6
1990-91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 21 25 46 28 +3 7 2 1 3 4
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 34 35 69 30 +17 11 2 3 5 0
1992-93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 25 26 51 18 0
1992-93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 34 12 10 22 14 -2 18 5 4 9 2
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 25 4 7 11 2 -2
1993-94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 34 7 10 17 22 -13 2 0 1 1 0
1994-95 Hartford Whalers NHL 38 9 10 19 29 +5
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 11 1 0 1 0 +1
1995-96 Lausanne HC Swiss 13 3 4 7 14
1996-97 Detroit Vipers IHL 18 7 16 23 4 13 4 6 10 12
1997-98 Detroit Vipers IHL 49 10 28 38 34 +7 9 3 4 7 6
NHL Totals 626 275 286 561 254 55 17 15 32 22


QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year) (1985)
QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1986)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1987) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1989)
Traded to Edmonton by Los Angeles with Martin Gelinas, Los Angeles' 1st round choices in 1989 (later traded to New Jersey - New Jersey selected Jason Miller), 1991 (Martin Rucinsky) and 1993 (Nick Stajduhar) Entry Drafts and cash for Wayne Gretzky, Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley, August 9, 1988. Traded to Detroit by Edmonton with Kevin McClelland and Edmonton's 5th round choice (later traded to Montreal - Montreal selected Brad Layzell) in 1991 Entry Draft for Petr Klima, Joe Murphy, Adam Graves and Jeff Sharples, November 2, 1989. Traded to Los Angeles by Detroit with Marc Potvin and Gary Shuchuk for Paul Coffey, Sylvain Couturier and Jim Hiller, January 29, 1993. Traded to Vancouver by Los Angeles for Dixon Ward, January 8, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Hartford, July 15, 1994.