Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Yanic Perreault
Skating for the Trois-Rivieres Draveurs in 1990-91, Yanic Perreault made it very difficult for NHL teams to continue passing him by in their annual Entry Draft. They'd already spurned him on two occasions, but this time around, Perreault led the QMJHL in scoring and was the league MVP.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were first to step to the plate, selecting him 47th overall. They then assigned him to St. John's of the AHL for two years of seasoning. After only 13 games with the Leafs in 1993-94, Perreault was traded to the Los Angeles Kings where, after some time in the minors, he finally caught a break, putting in his first full season in 1995-96. After a career-high 49 points, he appeared in the 1996 World Championships in Vienna, Austria where he scored eight goals and two assists, leading Team Canada to a silver medal.

Perreault then returned to the Kings' lineup and continued to make steady progress, becoming one of the leagues top faceoff artists. Looking more like a bonafide NHLer, the Leafs re-acquired the centreman in 1998, making him their faceoff specialist. His soft hands and accurate shot brought him to better his totals from the 1995-96 season, recording 52 points during the 2000-01 campaign.

But during the off-season, the Leafs brought in a wealth of new centremen thus making Perreault expendable. After parts of three seasons in Toronto, Perreault signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens in the summer of 2001 and upon his arrival surpassed the 600-games played plateau in 2002-03 and in 2003-04 notched his 400th point.

Following a lock out year in 2004-05, Perreault joined the Nashville Predators just prior to the 2005-06 NHL season.

His stint with the Predators lasted only one season before the centreman was signed as a free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes. As a member of the Coyotes, Perreault got off to a great start offensively and as a result was named to the Western Conference's All-Star team.

As the NHL trading deadline approached the Coyotes playoff hopes were faint and the club was looking to trade for youth. The club opted to trade Perreault at the NHL trading deadline to the centre-depleted Toronto Maple Leafs for prospect Brendan Bell.

Perreault joined the Maple Leafs for his third stint with the club and appeared in 17 games, registering only 5 points as his club failed to qualify for the 2007 playoffs. In the off-season, the veteran centreman signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Montreal L'est Cantonniers QAAA 42 70 57 127 14 8 12 10 22 6
1988-89 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 70 53 55 108 48 4 0 0 0 7
1989-90 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 63 51 63 114 75 7 6 5 11 19
1990-91 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 67 87 98 185 103 6 4 7 11 6
1991-92 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 62 38 38 76 19 16 7 8 15 4
1992-93 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 79 49 46 95 56 9 4 5 9 2
1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 13 3 3 6 0 +1
1993-94 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 62 45 60 105 38 11 12 6 18 14
1994-95 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 68 51 48 99 52
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 26 2 5 7 20 +3
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 25 24 49 16 -11
1995-96 Canada WC-A 8 6 3 9 0
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 41 11 14 25 20 0
1997-98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 28 20 48 32 +6 4 1 2 3 6
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 64 10 17 27 30 -3
1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 7 8 15 12 +10 17 3 6 9 6
1999-00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 18 27 45 22 +3 1 0 1 1 0
2000-01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 24 28 52 52 0 11 2 3 5 4
2001-02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 27 29 56 40 -3 11 3 5 8 0
2002-03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 24 22 46 30 -11
2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 16 15 31 40 -10 9 2 2 4 0
2004-05
2005-06 Nashville Predators NHL 69 22 35 57 30 -3 1 0 0 0 2
2006-07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 49 19 14 33 30 -2
2006-07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 17 2 3 5 4 +1
2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 53 9 5 14 24 -1
NHL Totals 859 247 269 516 402 54 11 19 30 18


QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1989)
QMJHL - Offensive Rookie of the Year (1989)
Canadian Major Junior - Rookie of the Year (1989)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1991)
QMJHL - MVP (1991) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2007)
Traded to Los Angeles by Toronto for Los Angeles' 4th round choice (later traded to Philadelphia - later traded back to Los Angeles - Los Angeles selected Mikael Simons) in 1996 Entry Draft, July 11, 1994. Traded to Toronto by Los Angeles for Jason Podollan and Toronto's 3rd round choice (Cory Campbell) in 1999 Entry Draft, March 23, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 4, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, October 3, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, October 29, 2006. Traded to Toronto by Phoenix with Phoenix's 5th round choice (Joel Champagne) in 2008 Entry Draft for Brendan Bell and Toronto's 2nd round choice (later traded to Nashville - Nashville selected Roman Josi) in 2008 Entry Draft, February 27, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 1, 2007.