Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jean-Francois Sauve
Standing at a mere five foot six inches, Jean-Francois Sauve didn't carry a physical presence during his hockey career, but he made up for it with scoring prowess.

Sauve led the league in points for two straight seasons while with the QMJHL's Trois- Rivieres Draveurs for 1978-79, registering 176 points in 72 games and 187 points in the same number of games in 1979-80. Despite his scoring touch, he went undrafted and signed as a free agent in 1979 with the Buffalo Sabres, the team that his older brother, netminder Bob Sauve, played for.

The 1980-81 season saw Sauve split time in Buffalo and their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. In 20 games in the NHL that season, he collected 14 points while playing in 56 games with the Americans and scoring 83 points. He split time with the Sabres and Americans over the next two seasons before being traded to the Quebec Nordiques in 1983.

Sauve split time once again in the NHL with the Nordiques and their AHL team, the Fredericton Express. His scoring touch returned and he had 50 points in 26 games. The 1985-86 season saw Sauve register NHL career highs in assists, with 40, and points, with 56.

The next season, Sauve moved to Switzerland where he played for several years before heading to France where he finished his playing career.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Lac St-Louis Lions QAAA 40 44 79 123 34 6 9 8 17 12
1977-78 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 6 2 3 5 0 13 4 9 13 20
1977-78 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs M-Cup 4 0 1 1 0
1978-79 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 72 65 111 176 31 13 19 19 38 4
1978-79 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs M-Cup 4 2 3 5 0
1979-80 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 72 63 124 187 31 7 5 9 14 0
1979-80 Rochester Americans AHL 3 1 1 2 0 4 1 2 3 2
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 20 5 9 14 12 -2 5 2 0 2 0
1980-81 Rochester Americans AHL 56 29 54 83 21
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 19 36 55 46 +7 2 0 2 2 0
1981-82 Rochester Americans AHL 7 5 8 13 4
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 9 0 4 4 9 0
1982-83 Rochester Americans AHL 73 30 69 99 10 16 7 21 28 2
1983-84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 39 10 17 27 2 +4 9 2 5 7 2
1983-84 Fredericton Express AHL 26 19 31 50 23
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 64 13 29 42 21 +11 18 5 5 10 8
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 75 16 40 56 20 -13 2 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 14 2 3 5 4 -4
1986-87 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 36 33 53 86
1987-88 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 36 35 47 82
1988-89 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 36 24 35 59 2 0 2 2
1988-89 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 16 7 19 26 18 17 6 12 18 6
1989-90 ASG Tours France 35 43 62 105 32
1990-91 ASG Tours France 23 21 29 50 22 3 3 0 3 0
NHL Totals 290 65 138 203 114 36 9 12 21 10


Brother of Bob
QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1979)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1980)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1981)
Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, November 1, 1979. Traded to Quebec by Buffalo with Tony McKegney, Andre Savard and Buffalo's 3rd round choice (Iiro Jarvi) in 1983 Entry Draft for Real Cloutier and Quebec's 1st round choice (Adam Creighton) in 1983 Entry Draft, June 8, 1983.