Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Blair Chapman
Blair Chapman was a highly-touted junior star coming out of the WCHL in 1976, having played three years with the Saskatoon Blades. In the 1976 NHL Amateur Draft, Chapman was selected second overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins, right behind defenseman Rick Green of the OHA's London Knights, chosen by the Washington Capitals. He was also the first pick overall in the WHA by the Edmonton Oilers.

Chapman had a strong offensive rookie season in major junior, scoring 36 goals and 64 points in 56 games to initially attract the attention of scouts. The following year, he scored 41 goals and 85 points, but it was his final year that convinced scouts he was a star in the making. Chapman netted 71 goals and 157 points in 69 games.

With strong credentials such as Chapman's, he bypassed the minor leagues, immediately making the roster of the Penguins in 1976-77. In 80 games, Chapman contributed 14 goals and 37 points. He followed that up with a 44-point season the next year, playing in 75 games.

Unfortunately, it seemed that Chapman's offensive numbers were beginning to fade, as oppose to improving. By season three, he scored just ten goals and 18 points in 71 games. In 1979-80, Chapman played 63 with the St. Louis Blues, where he revitalized his game somewhat, scoring 25 goals and 51 points. He returned to the Blues in 1980-81, scoring 20 goals and 46 points. He played in just 18 games with St. Louis in 1981-82, scoring six goals and 17 points. His final NHL season came in 1982-83, when Chapman dressed for 39 games with the Blues.

Although he had a decent NHL career by most standards, Chapman's achievements never reached the levels expected of him coming out of junior hockey. He played in 402 games, scoring 106 goals and 231 points during a seven-year NHL career.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Kelowna Buckaroos BCJHL 52 31 49 80 80
1973-74 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 56 36 28 64 61 5 1 2 3 5
1974-75 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 65 41 44 85 92 17 9 9 18 32
1975-76 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 69 71 86 157 67 20 24 19 43 21
1976-77 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 14 23 37 16 -12 3 1 1 2 7
1977-78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 24 20 44 37 -11
1978-79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 10 8 18 18 -12 7 1 0 1 2
1979-80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1979-80 St. Louis Blues NHL 63 25 26 51 28 -5 3 0 0 0 0
1980-81 St. Louis Blues NHL 55 20 26 46 41 +3 9 2 5 7 6
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 18 6 11 17 8 +1 3 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 1 1 0 1 0
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 39 7 11 18 10 -8
1982-83 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 22 17 6 23 20 6 4 3 7 0
NHL Totals 402 106 125 231 158 25 4 6 10 15


WCHL Second All-Star Team (1976)
WCHL Most Gentlemanly Player Award (1976)
Traded to St. Louis by Pittsburgh for Bob Stewart, November 13, 1979.
Missed majority of 1981-82 due to back injury vs. Los Angeles, November 12, 1981.
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