Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Craig
Mike Craig had a solid junior career with the OHL's Oshawa Generals and he also represented Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships. The Minnesota North Stars felt they were getting a steal in 1989 when they made Craig the 28th selection in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft.

Craig was always a gifted scorer as a youth and secured a full-time roster spot with the Generals as a 16-year-old. In his draft year, he had 36 goals and 36 assists for 72 points. His rugged style of play was also deemed a positive for the fast and rough NHL. In 1989-90, Craig averaged nearly a goal a game in junior, while suiting up for just 43 games. He finished with 36 goals and 76 points. Craig, along with 16-year-old phenom Eric Lindros, led the Generals to a Memorial Cup championship that spring in Hamilton.

In his NHL rookie season Crag appeared in 39 games for the North Stars, scoring eight goals and 12 points. He was also a solid playoff contributor as the Stars advanced to the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The following two seasons produced 15-goal seasons, which was slightly lower than the expectations of the North Stars' hierarchy. In 1993-94, Craig moved with the franchise to Dallas, where they were renamed the Stars. Once again, he had a disappointing offensive season, scoring just 13 goals. For the third year in succession, though, Craig had well over 100 minutes in penalties.

At 23, Craig signed a four-year, $2.3 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were convinced he had more offensive potential than he'd shown with the Stars' organization. Craig also made no attempt to disguise the fact that he blamed Stars coach Bob Gainey for stalling his development as a pro.

Those early predictions of greater success with Toronto turned out to be nothing more than wishful thinking. In fact, Craig failed to crack the ten-goal barrier during his three years in Toronto. Although he was liked by his teammates, Craig was cut loose by the Maple Leafs when they acquired the likes of Mike Johnson and Jason Podollan from Florida in a deal which sent Kirk Muller to the Sunshine state.

After a year toiling in the minors, Craig made an attempt at a comeback with the San Jose Sharks in 1998-99, but the experiment lasted all of one game. He continues to play in the minors with the Cleveland Barons of the AHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Woodstock Navy Vets ON-Jr.C 32 29 19 48 64
1987-88 Oshawa Generals OHL 61 6 10 16 39 7 7 0 1 11
1988-89 Oshawa Generals OHL 63 36 36 72 34 6 3 1 4 6
1989-90 Oshawa Generals OHL 43 36 40 76 85 17 10 16 26 46
1989-90 Canada WJC-A 7 3 0 3 8
1989-90 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 3 5 4 9 10
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 39 8 4 12 32 -11 10 1 1 2 20
1990-91 Canada WJC-A 7 6 5 11 8
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 67 15 16 31 155 -12 4 1 0 1 7
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 70 15 23 38 106 -11
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 72 13 24 37 139 -14 4 0 0 0 2
1994-95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 5 5 10 12 -21 2 0 1 1 2
1995-96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 8 12 20 42 -8 6 0 0 0 18
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 7 13 20 62 -20
1997-98 San Antonio Dragons IHL 12 4 1 5 18 -5
1997-98 Kansas City Blades IHL 59 14 33 47 68 -4 11 5 5 10 28
1998-99 San Jose Sharks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1998-99 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 52 27 17 44 72 12 5 4 9 18
1999-00 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 76 39 39 78 116 9 5 5 10 14
2000-01 Hershey Bears AHL 57 21 22 43 73 12 3 2 5 20
2001-02 San Jose Sharks NHL 2 0 0 0 2 0
2001-02 Cleveland Barons AHL 69 35 25 60 87 -5
2002-03 SCL Tigers Langnau Swiss 44 17 17 34 97
2003-04 Vienna Capitals Austria 46 24 22 46 76
NHL Totals 423 71 97 168 550 26 2 2 4 49


WJC-A All-Star Team (1991) Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 29, 1994. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, July 13, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, August 2, 2000. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, September 6, 2001. Signed as a free agent by SC Langnau (Swiss), May 1, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Vienna (Austria), July 26, 2003.