Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jason Arnott
He scored a goal in his first NHL game, but the road to respectability has been fraught with difficulty and unexpected turns for Arnott. He was a top-rated junior out of Oshawa in the OHL, winning gold with Team Canada at the 1994 World Championships after being drafted 7th overall in 1993 by the Edmonton Oilers.

Upon arriving with the Oilers, he was seen as one of a core of young saviors ready to repeat what Gretzky, Messier, Kurri and Coffey had accomplished a decade ago. But Arnott was both inconsistent and frequently injured early in his career. One game he would show remarkable potential, the next he would play distractedly, the next he'd get a puck in the face and miss games. Oilers GM Glen Sather gave up on "Arnie," trading him to New Jersey with Bryan Muir for Valeri Zelepukin and Bill Guerin. It was a mistake.

Slowly but surely Arnott developed that extra level of intensity and consistency, and his play culminated with a trip to the 2000 Stanley Cup finals during which he scored the Cup-winning goal in overtime. That summer, his hometown, the beach called Wasaga, gave him a huge party on Jason Arnott Day. He was a hero, and the next year he continued his development as one of the best young power forwards in the game, again going to the finals before losing to Colorado in seven games.

Arnott went on to play the better part of four seasons in New Jersey, before being dealt to the Dallas Stars in the latter stages of the 2001-02 NHL season. Upon his arrival with the Stars, Arnott continued his strong play and in 2003-04 notched his sixth straight 20+ goal season.

Following career highs in goals (32), assists (44) and points (76) in the 2005-06 campaign, Arnott signed with the Nashville Predators on July 2, 2006. In his first year in Nashville, Arnott led the team in goals with 27 and was a key addition to the club's powerplay. The Predators finished the 2006-07 season in fourth place in the Western Conference with 110 points, setting a new franchise record. However the club was quickly bounced from the NHL playoffs by the San Jose Sharks for a second consecutive year. During the off-season the club's roster was decimated by trades which included the movement of captain Kimmo Timonen. Arnott, now an experienced veteran on a rather young Nashville team, was subsequently named captain.

Arnott tied his career high in assists with 44 and for the ninth straight season he posted over 20 goals in his first year as captain in Nashville. Although the team was again eliminated early from the playoffs, Arnott and the Predators had an unexpectedly strong regular season which included the emergence of netminder Dan Ellis.

On June 19, 2010, Arnott would return to his old stomping ground when he was shipped by the Predators to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Matt Halischuk.

Arnott would spend less than a full season in New Jersey before being on the move again. On February 28, 2011, the NHL trade deadline, he was sent to the Washington Capitals in exchange for David Steckel and a second-round draft pick.

Arnott's time in Washington would be short-lived. In 11 regular season games he registered 7 points and he helped the club into the second round of the playoffs. In the summer of 2011, Arnott would become an unrestricted free and sign a deal with the St. Louis Blues.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Stayner Siskins ON-Jr.C 34 21 31 52 12
1990-91 Lindsay Bears ON-Jr.B 42 17 44 61 10 8 9 8 17 6
1991-92 Oshawa Generals OHL 57 9 15 24 12
1992-93 Oshawa Generals OHL 56 41 57 98 74 13 9 9 18 20
1993-94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 33 35 68 104 +1
1993-94 Canada WC-A 8 0 6 6 10
1994-95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 42 15 22 37 128 -14
1995-96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64 28 31 59 87 -6
1996-97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 67 19 38 57 92 -21 12 3 6 9 18
1997-98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 35 5 13 18 78 -16
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 35 5 10 15 21 -8 5 0 2 2 0
1998-99 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 27 27 54 79 +10 7 2 2 4 4
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 22 34 56 51 +22 23 8 12 20 18
2000-01 New Jersey Devils NHL 54 21 34 55 75 +23 23 8 7 15 16
2001-02 New Jersey Devils NHL 63 22 19 41 59 +3
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 10 3 1 4 6 -1
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 72 23 24 47 51 +9 11 3 2 5 6
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 73 21 36 57 66 +23 5 1 1 2 2
2004-05
2005-06 Dallas Stars NHL 81 32 44 76 102 +13 5 0 3 3 4
2006-07 Nashville Predators NHL 68 27 27 54 48 +15 5 2 1 3 2
2007-08 Nashville Predators NHL 79 28 44 72 54 +19 4 1 0 1 4
2008-09 Nashville Predators NHL 65 33 24 57 49 +2
2009-10 Nashville Predators NHL 63 19 27 46 26 0 6 2 0 2 0
2010-11 New Jersey Devils NHL 62 13 11 24 32 -9
2010-11 Washington Capitals NHL 11 4 3 7 8 +3 9 1 5 6 2
2011-12 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 17 17 34 26 +13 7 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 1244 417 521 938 1242 122 32 41 73 76


NHL All-Rookie Team (1994) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1997, 2008) Traded to New Jersey by Edmonton with Bryan Muir for Valeri Zelepukin and Bill Guerin, January 4, 1998. Traded to Dallas by New Jersey with Randy McKay and New Jersey's 1st round choice (later traded to Columbus, later traded to Buffalo - Buffalo selected Daniel Paille) in 2002 Entry Draft for Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner, March 19, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, July 2, 2006. Traded to New Jersey by Nashville for Matt Halischuk and New Jersey's 2nd round choice (Magnus Hellberg) in 2011 Entry Draft, June 19, 2010. Traded to Washington by New Jersey for David Steckel and Washington's 2nd round choice (later traded to Minnesota - Minnesota selected Raphael Bussieres) in 2012 Entry Draft, February 28, 2011. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 6, 2011.