Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wayne Primeau
Although quite large himself, Wayne Primeau grew up under the even larger shadow of his elder brother, Flyer colossus Keith Primeau. Wayne, for his part, had a successful amateur career embellished by anticipation from above that he might be a clone of his accomplished brother.

The younger Primeau played midget for the Whitby Flyers until he was selected 4th overall in the 1992 OHL Priority Draft by the Owen Sound Platers. In all, he put in four seasons of junior A where his size and speed were sufficient to make him a solid offensive performer.

Having been selected 17th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, he turned pro on a full-time basis in 1996. After a 24-game stint with the AHL's Rochester Americans, Primeau was elevated to the NHL where he has remained ever since.

With the Sabres, fans and analysts were finally able to observe how the big centreman would adapt to the rugged demands of big-league play. A sound defensive player, Primeau has worked strong on his defensive game and is strong on faceoffs and strong penalty killer.

Primeau can also use his size and play's a feisty brand of hockey, especially against the odds. One night, while skating against his brother, Keith, Wayne goaded his older brother verbally into a tussle.

In all, Wayne Primeau lasted for parts of five seasons with the Sabres. He was then traded as part of a collective to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Chris Gratton. There, Primeau continued in his capacity as a utility centreman until he was again traded in 2001 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Matthew Barnaby.

Primeau went on to play parts of three seasons with Pittsburgh before he was traded to the San Jose Sharks at the March 2003 trading deadline. After one full season in San Jose in 2003-04 and a lockout year in 2004-05, Primeau was part of a blockbuster deal in November of 2005 that brought Joe Thornton of the Boston Bruins to San Jose in exchange for Primeau, Brad Stuart and Marco Sturm.

Primeau would compete with the Bruins for 101 games over a season and a half with the club before being traded with Brad Stuart to the Calgary Flames for Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Whitby Flyers Minor-ON 63 36 50 86 96
1992-93 Owen Sound Platers OHL 66 10 27 37 108 8 1 4 5 0
1993-94 Owen Sound Platers OHL 65 25 50 75 75 9 1 6 7 8
1994-95 Owen Sound Platers OHL 66 34 62 96 84 10 4 9 13 15
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 1 0 1 0 -2
1995-96 Owen Sound Platers OHL 28 15 29 44 52
1995-96 Oshawa Generals OHL 24 12 13 25 33 3 2 3 5 2
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Rochester Americans AHL 8 2 3 5 6 17 3 1 4 11
1996-97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 45 2 4 6 64 -2 9 0 0 0 6
1996-97 Rochester Americans AHL 24 9 5 14 27 1 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 6 6 12 87 +9 14 1 3 4 6
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 5 8 13 38 -6 19 3 4 7 6
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 41 5 7 12 38 -8
1999-00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 17 2 3 5 25 -4
2000-01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 47 2 13 15 77 -17
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 28 1 6 7 54 0 18 1 3 4 2
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 3 7 10 18 -1
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 5 11 16 55 -30
2002-03 San Jose Sharks NHL 7 1 1 2 0 +2
2003-04 San Jose Sharks NHL 72 9 20 29 90 +4 17 1 2 3 4
2004-05
2005-06 San Jose Sharks NHL 21 5 3 8 17 -6
2005-06 Boston Bruins NHL 50 6 8 14 40 -10
2006-07 Boston Bruins NHL 51 7 8 15 75 -15
2006-07 Calgary Flames NHL 27 3 4 7 36 -2 6 0 2 2 14
2007-08 Calgary Flames NHL 43 3 7 10 26 -3 7 1 0 1 4
2008-09 Calgary Flames NHL 24 0 4 4 14 -3
2009-10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 3 5 8 35 -1
NHL Totals 774 69 125 194 789 90 7 14 21 42


Brother of Keith Traded to Tampa Bay by Buffalo with Cory Sarich, Brian Holzinger and Buffalo's 3rd round choice (Alexander Kharitonov) in 2000 Entry Draft for Chris Gratton and Tampa Bay's 2nd round choice (Derek Roy) in 2001 Entry Draft, March 9, 2000. Traded to Pittsburgh by Tampa Bay for Matthew Barnaby, February 1, 2001.
Missed majority of 2001-02 due to knee injury vs. Buffalo, January 8, 2002. Traded to San Jose by Pittsburgh for Matt Bradley, March 11, 2003. Traded to Boston by San Jose with Brad Stuart and Marco Sturm for Joe Thornton, November 30, 2005. Traded to Calgary by Boston with Brad Stuart and Washington's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Calgary selected T.J. Brodie) in 2008 Entry Draft for Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew, February 10, 2007. Missed remainder of 2008-09 due to ankle injury at St, Louis. December 5, 2008. Traded to Toronto by Calgary with Calgary's 2nd round choice (later traded to Chicago - Chicago selected Brandon Saad) in 2011 Entry Draft for Anton Stralman, Colin Stuart and Toronto's 7th round choice (Matt DeBlouw) in 2012 Entry Draft, July 27, 2009.