Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Ysebaert
Paul Ysebaert played collegiate hockey with Bowling Green University and was the 74th overall choice in the 1984 Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. He was a second team all-star in college during the 1986 and 1987 seasons. He played five games for the Canadian National Team after the 1986-87 college season had ended. His pro career began with the Utica Devils of the AHL in 1987-88.

He made his NHL debut with New Jersey in 1988-89, appearing in five games, while continuing his apprenticeship with Utica. The next year also saw Ysebaert appear in five NHL games with New Jersey while playing most of the year in Utica.

Ysebaert began the 1990-91 year with New Jersey and was traded to the Detroit Red Wings after eleven games with the Devils. He enjoyed his best career season as a member of the Red Wings, in 1991-92, with 35 goals and 75 points in 79 games.

He had quick acceleration and was well balanced on his skates, making him difficult to knock off the puck. His quick release and accurate shot saw him post consecutive seasons of plus-30 goals prior to being traded to the Winnipeg Jets prior to the 1993-94 season. He was on the move to Chicago before the end of the season and was moved again the following year, from the Blackhawks to Tampa Bay.

Ysebaert never again reached the numbers posted with the Wings but he was able to become a consistent veteran presence for the Lightning during his time with the club.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Petrolia Jets ON-Jr.B 40 23 30 53 24
1982-83 Newmarket Flyers ON-Jr.A 2 0 0 0 19
1983-84 Petrolia Jets ON-Jr.B 33 35 42 77 18
1984-85 Bowling Green University CCHA 42 23 32 55 54
1985-86 Bowling Green University CCHA 42 23 45 68 50
1986-87 Bowling Green University CCHA 45 27 58 85 44
1986-87 Canada Nat-Tm 5 1 0 1 4
1987-88 Utica Devils AHL 78 30 49 79 60
1988-89 New Jersey Devils NHL 5 0 4 4 0 +2
1988-89 Utica Devils AHL 56 36 44 80 22 5 0 1 1 4
1989-90 New Jersey Devils NHL 5 1 2 3 0 0
1989-90 Utica Devils AHL 74 53 52 105 61 5 2 4 6 0
1990-91 New Jersey Devils NHL 11 4 3 7 6 +1
1990-91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 51 15 18 33 16 -8 2 0 2 2 0
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 35 40 75 55 +44 10 1 0 1 10
1992-93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 34 28 62 42 +19 7 3 1 4 2
1993-94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 60 9 18 27 18 -8
1993-94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 11 5 3 8 8 +1 6 0 0 0 8
1994-95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 15 4 5 9 6 +4
1994-95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 29 8 11 19 12 -1
1995-96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 55 16 15 31 16 -19 5 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 39 5 12 17 4 +1
1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 13 27 40 32 -43
1998-99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 10 0 1 1 2 -5
1998-99 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 27 6 11 17 14 -9
1999-00 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss 32 14 11 25 49
NHL Totals 532 149 187 336 217 30 4 3 7 20


CCHA Rookie of the Year (1985)
CCHA Second All-Star Team (1986, 1987)
AHL First All-Star Team (1990)
John B. Sollenberger Trophy (Leading Scorer - AHL) (1990)
Les Cunningham Award (MVP - AHL) (1990)
Alka-Seltzer Plus Award (1992)
Traded to Detroit by New Jersey for Lee Norwood and Detroit's 4th round pick (Scott McCabe) in 1992 NHL Draft, November 27, 1990. Traded to Winnipeg by Detroit with future considerations (Alan Kerr, June 18, 1993) for Aaron Ward and Toronto's 4th round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Detroit - Detroit selected John Jakopin) in 1993 NHL Draft, June 11, 1993. Traded to Chicago by Winnipeg for Chicago's 3rd round pick (later traded back to Chicago - Chicago selected Kevin McKay) in 1995 NHL Draft, March 21, 1994. Traded to Tampa Bay by Chicago with Rich Sutter for Jim Cummins, Tom Tilley and Jeff Buchanan, February 22, 1995.
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