Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rod Schutt
As a junior, Rod Schutt was an outstanding offensive juggernaut for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHA from 1973 to 1976. He was twice chosen as a First-Team OHA All-Star during his tenure with the team.

The Montreal Canadiens secured his rights in 1976 Amateur Draft. The quick-skating winger went to work immediately with their AHL affiliate, the Nova Scotia Voyageurs. But like so many hopeful recruits in the Habs' chain, there was little room at the top. In all, Schutt managed to sport a Canadiens' sweater for only two games before his playing rights made a shuffle across the league that even caught the attention of trivia writers.

Still classed as a big-league rookie, he belonged to three different clubs prior to the start of the 1978-79 season -- and he'd yet to play a single game that year. He started out as a Canadien. They in turn traded him to Washington. But the trade was later nullified by league president John Zigler. Meanwhile Schutt was already in training with the Caps. They weren't sure they wanted the winger on their ice since he didn't belong to them. The Habs for their part told him not to report to their camp. Then they reversed their position inviting him back to Montreal. But before he could arrive in town, they traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

By the time the baggage handlers and league officials sorted out the details, Schutt caught his breath and realized that life as a Pen, with ice time galore, would suit him just fine. In Pittsburgh, the young winger embarked on a three-season run of notable offensive success. Skating with Peter Lee and Greg Malone produced a chemistry that kept each line member floating above the 20-goal per season mark as an average.

But in 1981, Schutt's back pain became a greater enemy than a mean-spirited opponent along the boards. The ailment eventually brought his NHL career to a halt. He began to split his seasons between the Pens and the AHL. Finally, in a disagreement with club officials over the state of his health, he insisted on putting his recovery first.

In 1984-85, he left Pittsburgh to join the Muskegon Mohawks of the IHL. The following year, with his back in better shape, he weighed options with the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He opted for the latter, figuring on more ice time than with the talent-laden Oilers. Such did not prove to be the case.

In Toronto, Schutt found the internal workings of the Leafs to be undisciplined and bordering on the absurd. He lasted only six games with the club before he was demoted to the St. Catharines Saints of the AHL. He finished the season there and then retired for good in 1986.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Pembroke Lumber Kings ON-Jr.A 55 31 55 86 61
1973-74 Sudbury Wolves OHA-Jr. 67 15 41 56 47 4 0 0 0 2
1974-75 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 69 43 61 104 66 15 13 9 22 2
1975-76 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 63 72 63 135 42 17 18 16 34 13
1976-77 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 80 33 51 84 56 12 8 8 16 4
1977-78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 77 36 44 80 57 11 4 7 11 2
1978-79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 24 21 45 33 -9 7 2 0 2 4
1979-80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 18 21 39 43 -8 5 2 1 3 6
1980-81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 25 35 60 55 -13 5 3 3 6 16
1981-82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 35 9 12 21 42 +3 5 1 2 3 0
1981-82 Erie Blades AHL 35 12 15 27 40
1982-83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 0 0 0 -2
1982-83 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 64 34 53 87 24
1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 11 1 3 4 4 0
1983-84 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 36 15 19 34 48 10 3 1 4 22
1984-85 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 79 44 46 90 58 17 10 13 23 10
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 0 0 0 0 -2
1985-86 St. Catharines Saints AHL 70 21 28 49 44 13 7 4 11 18
NHL Totals 286 77 92 169 177 22 8 6 14 26


OMJHL First All-Star Team (1975, 1976)
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (AHL - Rookie of the Year) (1977)
Traded to Pittsburgh by Montreal for Pittsburgh's 1st round pick (Mark Hunter) in 1981 NHL Draft, October 18, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, October 3, 1985.
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