Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pat Elynuik
As a scoring star with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League, Pat Elynuik guaranteed himself a high placement in the 1986 NHL Draft. With the eighth pick overall, the Winnipeg Jets selected him following a stellar junior season which saw him score 53 goals and 53 assists for 106 points in 68 games. The previous year, at the age of 17, he was a key contributor to the Raiders' winning the Memorial Cup, beating the favoured Ontario champion Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds. In his final year of junior, he scored 51 times while assisting on 62 others for 13 points.

Elynuik played in 13 games for the Jets in 1987-88, scoring once and adding three assists. In playing 56 games the next year, Elynuik showed he had a deft scoring ability, notching 26 goals and 25 assists for 51 points. That excellent effort earned him a full-time spot on the roster the next year, when he played in all 80 Jets games. He responded with 32 goals and 42 assists for 74 points. For the second year in a row, he averaged almost a point per game. In 1990-91, he again cracked the 30-goal barrier, finishing with 31 while finishing with 65 points. If nothing else, Elynuik was a model of consistency, scoring 25 goals and 25 assists in 60 games in what would be his final year in Winnipeg.

In 1992-93, Elynuik joined the Washington Capitals. Playing in 80 games he had 22 goals and 57 points. Early in the next year Elynuik was sent to the Tampa Bay Lightning, where in 63 games, he had 12 goals and 14 assists.

The 1994-95 season, cut short by the labor dispute, saw Elynuik skating with the Ottawa Senators where he had ten points in 41 games. He would play another 29 games for the Senators in 1995-96, his last year in the NHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Prince Albert Midget Raiders SMHL 26 33 30 63 64
1983-84 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 2 1 0 1 0
1984-85 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 70 23 20 43 54 13 9 3 12 7
1984-85 Prince Albert Raiders M-Cup 5 1 0 1 12
1985-86 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 68 53 53 106 62 20 7 9 16 17
1986-87 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 64 51 62 113 40 8 5 5 10 12
1986-87 Canada WJC-A 6 6 5 11 2
1987-88 Winnipeg Jets NHL 13 1 3 4 12 +2
1987-88 Moncton Hawks AHL 30 11 18 29 35
1988-89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 56 26 25 51 29 +5
1988-89 Moncton Hawks AHL 7 8 2 10 2
1989-90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 32 42 74 83 +2 7 2 4 6 2
1990-91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 31 34 65 73 -13
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 60 25 25 50 65 -2 7 2 2 4 4
1992-93 Washington Capitals NHL 80 22 35 57 66 +3 6 2 3 5 19
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 4 1 1 2 0 -3
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 63 12 14 26 64 -18
1994-95 Ottawa Senators NHL 41 3 7 10 51 -11
1995-96 Ottawa Senators NHL 29 1 2 3 16 +2
1995-96 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 42 22 28 50 43
1996-97 Michigan K-Wings IHL 81 24 34 58 62 4 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 506 154 188 342 459 20 6 9 15 25


WHL East First All-Star Team (1986, 1987) Traded to Washington by Winnipeg for John Druce and Toronto's 4th round pick (previously acquired by Washington - later traded to Detroit - Detroit selected John Jakopin) in 1993 NHL Draft, October 1, 1992. Traded to Tampa Bay by Washington for a conditional draft pick (later traded back to Tampa Bay in the Joe Reekie trade, March 21, 1994), October 22, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, June 21, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, September 6, 1996.
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