Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Geoff Sanderson
In a draft year that saw an abundance of future stars like Jaromir Jagr, Martin Brodeur, Owen Nolan, Keith Tkachuk, and Peter Bondra, Geoff Sanderson found himself in a select group as the Hartford Whalers second choice, 36th overall, in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

After spending his junior career with the WHL's Swift Current Broncos, where he led the team in several offensive categories, he was off to Hartford to pursue his dream of playing in the NHL. In only his second full season with the team, Sanderson flourished with 89 points in 82 games and played for Team Canada in the World Championships. The next year saw him have another great season for the Whalers, capped off with a World Championship victory for Canada.

Sanderson kept up his steady play with the Whalers, while capturing another World Championship crown in 1997. The Whalers moved to Carolina for the 1997-98 season where they became the Hurricanes, a fitting name for the season that Sanderson and his family would have. After settling in with the new team, he was traded to the Canucks for a brief nine -game stint and then on to the Sabres who were gearing up for the playoffs. After a great run in the 1998-99 season, the Sabres came close to winning the Stanley Cup, only to fall to the Dallas Stars in the sixth game of the finals.

As the NHL expanded, Sanderson found himself with a new team, the inaugural Columbus Blue Jackets, for the 2000-01 season. He hit his stride once again and led the team in goals, points, and power-play goals and is one of the leaders on the young team. After an injury plagued season in 2001-02, Sanderson responded the following year with 34 goals and 67 points, his highest point total since his 1996-97 season with the Whalers.

Sanderson went on to play the better part of four seasons with the Blue Jackets before rejoining the Vancouver Canucks at the 2004 trade deadline. Acquired by the Canucks to provide some more offense, Sanderson went on to register seven points (3-4-7) in 13 games with the club before claimed off waivers by Columbus in the summer of 2004.

Following a lock out year in 2004-05, Sanderson was acquired by the Phoenix Coyotes in the early stages of the 2005-06 season. After recording 25 goals in 75 games with the Coyotes, Sanderson signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 2006.

As a Flyer Sanderson had 11 goals and 18 assists in 58 games before being dealt to the Edmonton Oilers in the summer of 2007.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 St. Albert Royals AMHL 45 65 55 120 175
1988-89 Swift Current Broncos WHL 58 17 11 28 16 12 3 5 8 6
1988-89 Swift Current Broncos M-Cup 2 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Swift Current Broncos WHL 70 32 62 94 56 4 1 4 5 8
1990-91 Swift Current Broncos WHL 70 62 50 112 57 3 1 2 3 4
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 2 1 0 1 0 -2 3 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Springfield Indians AHL 1 0 0 0 2
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 64 13 18 31 18 +5 7 1 0 1 2
1992-93 Hartford Whalers NHL 82 46 43 89 28 -21
1992-93 Canada WC-A 8 3 3 6 2
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 82 41 26 67 42 -13
1993-94 Canada WC-A 8 4 2 6 8
1994-95 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 12 6 4 10 24
1994-95 Hartford Whalers NHL 46 18 14 32 24 -10
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 81 34 31 65 40 0
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 82 36 31 67 29 -9
1996-97 Canada WC-A 11 3 2 5 2
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 40 7 10 17 14 -4
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 9 0 3 3 4 -1
1997-98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 26 4 5 9 20 +6 14 3 1 4 4
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 12 18 30 22 +8 19 4 6 10 14
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 13 13 26 22 +4 5 0 2 2 8
2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 68 30 26 56 46 +4
2001-02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 42 11 5 16 12 -15
2002-03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 34 33 67 34 -4
2003-04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 67 13 16 29 34 -9
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 13 3 4 7 4 -1 7 1 1 2 4
2004-05 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss 9 4 1 5 29
2005-06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
2005-06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 75 25 21 46 58 -14
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 58 11 18 29 44 -16
2007-08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 41 3 10 13 16 -7
NHL Totals 1104 355 345 700 511 55 9 10 19 32


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1994, 1997) Transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997. Traded to Vancouver by Carolina with Sean Burke and Enrico Ciccone for Kirk McLean and Martin Gelinas, January 3, 1998. Traded to Buffalo by Vancouver for Brad May and Buffalo's 3rd round choice (later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Jimmie Olvestad) in 1999 Entry Draft, February 4, 1998. Claimed by Columbus from Buffalo in Expansion Draft, June 23, 2000. Traded to Vancouver by Columbus for Vancouver's 3rd round choice (Daniel Lacosta) in 2004 Entry Draft, March 9, 2004. Claimed on waivers by Columbus from Vancouver, June 28, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Geneve (Swiss), January 5, 2005. Traded to Phoenix by Columbus with Tim Jackman for Cale Hulse, Mike Rupp and Jason Chimera, October 8, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 19, 2006. Traded to Edmonton by Philadelphia with Joni Pitkanen and Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Cameron Abney) in 2009 Entry Draft for Joffrey Lupul and Jason Smith, July 1, 2007.