Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brad Dalgarno
Size has always been something scouts look for in junior players. Size was what seemed to separate players like Brad Dalgarno from other smaller players with similar offensive statistics. In his first year of major Junior A hockey, Dalgarno scored 23 goals and 30 assists for 53 points while playing for the Hamilton Steelhawks of the OHL. Those stats were enough to convince most scouts that he was a top ten pick in the 1985 draft. The New York Islanders made good on the advance scouting, selecting Dalgarno sixth overall.

In retrospect, the club may have realized he had limited offensive potential when his junior statistics did not improve over the following two seasons with the Steelhawks, and in fact, declined. However, the benefits of being a first-round draft pick most often translate into a chance at playing in the big leagues earlier than usual. In 1987-88, Dalgarno was afforded that opportunity, suiting up for 38 games with the Islanders, scoring twice and assisting on eight others for ten points.

The club felt Dalgarno had a strong training camp the following year and he played in 55 games, improving his offensive totals to eleven goals and ten assists for 21 points. The next two years were spent bouncing between the Islanders and the Capital District Islanders of the American League. In 1992-93, Dalgarno was back with the big club on a full-time basis, where he played 57 games, coming up with 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points, resulting in his best offensive season in the NHL.

Dalgarno played for parts of three more seasons before retiring after appearing in 18 games in the 1995-96 season.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.A 40 17 11 28 59
1983-84 Orillia Travelways ON-Jr.A 4 1 1 2 6
1984-85 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 66 23 30 53 86
1985-86 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 54 22 43 65 79
1985-86 New York Islanders NHL 2 1 0 1 0 +1
1986-87 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 60 27 32 59 100
1986-87 New York Islanders NHL 1 0 1 1 0
1987-88 New York Islanders NHL 38 2 8 10 58 +4 4 0 0 0 19
1987-88 Springfield Indians AHL 39 13 11 24 76
1988-89 New York Islanders NHL 55 11 10 21 86 -8
1989-90 New York Islanders NHLMGNT
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 41 3 12 15 24 -10
1990-91 Capital District Islanders AHL 27 6 14 20 26
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 15 2 1 3 12 -8
1991-92 Capital District Islanders AHL 14 7 8 15 34
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 57 15 17 32 62 +17 18 2 2 4 14
1992-93 Capital District Islanders AHL 19 10 4 14 16
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 73 11 19 30 62 +14 4 0 1 1 4
1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 22 3 2 5 14 -8
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 18 1 2 3 14 -2
NHL Totals 321 49 71 120 332 27 2 4 6 37


Missed remainder of 1988-89 season and entire 1989-90 due to eye injury vs. Detroit, February 21, 1989.
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