Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels was drafted 109th overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 1983-84, he caught the attention of major junior scouts while playing Midget hockey with the Oshawa Legion where he scored 131 points in 57 games. During that season, he won the Mac's AAA Midget Tournament's Sportsmanlike Award and in 1984-85, he split the year between the Junior B Oshawa Legion and the OHL's Oshawa Generals. The following year, he scored 32 points in 62 games and in 1986-87, Daniels helped lead the Generals to a regular season championship. In his final year of major junior, he scored 68 points in 62 games.

On October 9, 1990, Daniels made his NHL debut in a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues. He went on to play eleven games in his first NHL season. After playing just two NHL games during the 1991-92 season, Daniels then played 58 games and helped the Penguins capture the Presidents' Trophy in 1992-93. That year he also scored his first NHL goal on November 3 in a 2-0 win over the Islanders.

In 1993-94, Daniels was traded to the Florida Panthers. He had played 63 games with the Penguins before playing seven games down the stretch with the Panthers. In the shortened 1994-95 NHL season, he played another three games with the Panthers.

August 18, 1995 saw Daniels sign as a free agent with the Hartford Whalers. He then played ten games with the Whalers in 1996-97 and two games with the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997-98 after the team relocated from Hartford. On June 26, 1998, he was claimed in the Expansion Draft by the Nashville Predators, and played in nine regular season games.

A return to Carolina was the next stop for Daniels in 1999-00 and he has been a role player with the team for the past four years, while making his first Stanley Cup appearance with the Hurricanes in 2002.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Oshawa Legionnaires ON-Jr.B 57 59 72 131 22
1984-85 Oshawa Legionnaires ON-Jr.B 7 7 2 9 11
1984-85 Oshawa Generals OHL 59 7 11 18 16
1985-86 Oshawa Generals OHL 62 13 19 32 23 6 0 1 1 0
1986-87 Oshawa Generals OHL 54 14 9 23 22 15 3 2 5 5
1986-87 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 3 1 1 2 0
1987-88 Oshawa Generals OHL 64 29 39 68 59 4 2 3 5 0
1988-89 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 58 21 21 42 58 11 3 5 8 11
1989-90 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 80 30 47 77 39 6 1 1 2 7
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 11 0 2 2 2 0
1990-91 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 62 23 29 52 18 5 1 3 4 2
1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 44 19 16 35 38 10 5 4 9 9
1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 58 5 4 9 14 -5 12 3 2 5 0
1992-93 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 3 2 1 3 0
1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 63 3 5 8 20 -1
1993-94 Florida Panthers NHL 7 0 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Florida Panthers NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Detroit Vipers IHL 25 8 12 20 6 5 1 0 1 0
1995-96 Springfield Falcons AHL 72 22 20 42 32 10 3 0 3 2
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 10 0 2 2 0 +2
1996-97 Springfield Falcons AHL 38 18 14 32 19 16 7 3 10 4
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Beast of New Haven AHL 71 24 27 51 34 -11 3 0 1 1 0
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 9 1 3 4 2 -1
1998-99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 62 12 31 43 19 -5 2 1 1 2 0
1999-00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 69 3 4 7 10 -8
2000-01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 67 1 1 2 15 -3 6 0 2 2 2
2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 65 4 1 5 12 -6 23 0 1 1 0
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 59 0 4 4 8 -9
NHL Totals 425 17 26 43 83 41 3 5 8 2


Traded to Florida by Pittsburgh for Greg Hawgood, March 19, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Hartford, August 18, 1995. Transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997. Claimed by Nashville from Carolina in Expansion Draft, June 26, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, August 31, 1999.
Officially announced retirement, November 17, 2003.