Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Adam Creighton
Big. That summed up Adam Creighton's physical presence and the expectations of the Buffalo Sabres, who drafted him eleventh overall in the first round of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft.

Creighton joined the Ottawa 67's of the OHL as a 16-year-old, suiting up for 60 games and scoring 15 goals and 42 points in his rookie campaign. In his draft year, Creighton scored 44 goals and 46 assists for 90 points in 68 games. By 1983-84, Creighton was the clear leader of the 67's, scoring 91 points in just 56 regular-season games. That season Ottawa went all the way to the Memorial Cup where they captured the championship, which served as further confirmation to the Sabres that they had made the correct pick in the draft.

While still just 19, Creighton broke in to the Sabres' lineup for 30 games in 1984-85, while also dressing for the Rochester Americans and even ten games with his junior club in Ottawa. In 1985-86, injuries and inconsistent play limited Creighton to just 19 games with the Sabres. In 1986-87, Creighton played in 56 games, scoring 18 goals and 40 points. Once again, injuries and mediocre play had Creighton appearing in just 36 and 24 games, respectively over the next two years. By now, the Sabres' braintrust had clearly grown impatient waiting for him to emerge as a star player, despite the fact he was still just 23 years old. Midway through the 1988-89 season, Creighton was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 1989-90 season with the Blackhawks was Creighton's best from an offensive point of view. He had 34 goals and 36 assists for 70 points with 224 minutes in penalties in 80 games. It was thought that Creighton had finally broken through and was on his way to more consistent play, but the following year his point total dropped by 19. By now, the Blackhawks had run out of patience with the big centre and shipped him to New York in a trade with the Islanders. Creighton finished the remaining 66 games with the Islanders before signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992-93. In 83 games, Creighton scored 19 goals and 39 points, decent numbers for the most part, but certainly not superstar numbers that had been predicted a decade earlier from many NHL scouts.

Creighton played in Tampa for one more season, yielding a 39-point season in 53 games. In the shortened 1994-95 season, he joined the St. Louis Blues, appearing in all 48 games and picking up 14 goals and 20 assists. In spite of the benefit of an additional 13 games the following year, Creighton's point production dropped to 21. He made one final attempt at remaining in the NHL, rejoining Chicago for 19 games in 1996-97, but he scored just once while assisting on two others, confirming that his days as an NHL player were over. He continued to play pro hockey in Germany for two years with the Augsburg Panthers before retiring in 1999 at the age of 34.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Welland Tigers Minor-ON 48 37 29 66 55
1980-81 Welland Cougars ON-Jr.B 6 4 5 9 6
1980-81 Guelph Platers ON-Jr.A 3 0 1 1 4
1981-82 Ottawa 67's OHL 60 15 27 42 73 17 7 1 8 40
1982-83 Ottawa 67's OHL 68 44 46 90 88 9 0 2 2 12
1983-84 Ottawa 67's OHL 56 42 49 91 79 13 16 11 27 28
1983-84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 7 2 2 4 4 0
1983-84 Ottawa 67's M-Cup 5 5 7 12 15
1984-85 Ottawa 67's OHL 10 4 14 18 23 5 6 2 8 11
1984-85 Canada WJC-A 7 8 4 12 4
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 30 2 8 10 33 -7
1984-85 Rochester Americans AHL 6 5 3 8 2 5 2 1 3 20
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 19 1 1 2 2 -2
1985-86 Rochester Americans AHL 32 17 21 38 27
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 18 22 40 26 +4
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 36 10 17 27 87 +7
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 24 7 10 17 44 -5
1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 43 15 14 29 92 -4 15 5 6 11 44
1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 34 36 70 224 +4 20 3 6 9 59
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 72 22 29 51 135 0 6 0 1 1 10
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 11 6 6 12 16 -1
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 66 15 9 24 102 -4
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 83 19 20 39 110 -19
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 53 10 10 20 37 -7
1994-95 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 14 20 34 74 +17 7 2 0 2 16
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 11 10 21 78 0 13 1 1 2 8
1996-97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 19 1 2 3 13 -2
1996-97 Indianapolis Ice IHL 6 1 7 8 11
1997-98 Augsburger Panther Germany 22 10 9 19 45
1998-99 Augsburger Panther Germany 9 0 2 2 30
NHL Totals 708 187 216 403 1077 61 11 14 25 137


Son of Dave
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1984)
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup - MVP) (1984)
Traded to Chicago by Buffalo for Rick Vaive, December 26, 1988. Traded to NY Islanders by Chicago with Steve Thomas for Brent Sutter and Brad Lauer, October 25, 1991. Claimed by Tampa Bay from NY Islanders in Waiver Draft, October 4, 1992. Traded to St. Louis by Tampa Bay for Tom Tilley, October 6, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, October 9, 1996.