Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Scott Walker
Scott Walker is a prime example of how hard work and determination can pay off. Walker was considered an average junior player during his two seasons in the OHL with the Owen Sound Platers but scouts saw a strong work ethic and commitment to the game. In fact, as a 19-year-old Walker scored 23 goals while adding 68 assists for 91 points. Certainly not bad, but nothing that would make most people take any special notice. However, many NHL scouts did notice, and when Walker was still available in the 5th round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, the Vancouver Canucks took him with the 124th pick.

Perhaps feeling he needed a way to stand out, Walker decided to put a little more zest into his game. Walker played the 1994-95 season in Hamilton with Vancouver's AHL affiliate and was a member of the Syracuse Crunch the following season, still not quite able to crack the Vancouver lineup. In fact, Walker had more fighting majors in those first two professional seasons than he had goals. In Hamilton he collected 272 penalty minutes in 77 games, and topped that in Syracuse, spending 334 minutes in the sin bin in 74 games.

Walker managed to crack the Vancouver lineup in 1995-96 and maintained a roster spot for three years where he was used primarily as a defensive specialist and on the penalty-killing unit. After five seasons with the Canuck organization, Walker joined the Nashville Predators in 1998-99. Given expanded responsibilities and ice time, Walker scored 15 goals and added 25 assists, by far his best offensive output in his short NHL career. The 2000-01 campaign was definitely the breakout year for Walker, who scored 25 goals and 29 assists for 54 points good enough for second on the team behind only Cliff Ronning.

After a career year in 2000-01, injuries plagued Walker's next two seasons, limiting the feisty forward to a mere 28 games in 2001-02 and 60 games in 2002-03. Walker rebounded in 2003-04 with a career high 67 points (25-42-67) while leading the Predators to their first ever playoff appearance. Following the Predators first ever playoff season, Walker was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Josef Vasicek.

On March 3, 2010, the NHL trade deadline, the veteran forward was traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a seventh round draft pick.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Kitchener Dutchmen ON-Jr.B 6 0 5 5 4
1989-90 Cambridge Winterhawks ON-Jr.B 27 7 22 29 87
1990-91 Cambridge Winterhawks ON-Jr.B 45 10 27 37 241
1991-92 Owen Sound Platers OHL 53 7 31 38 128 5 0 7 7 8
1992-93 Owen Sound Platers OHL 57 23 68 91 110 8 1 5 6 16
1992-93 Canada Nat-Tm 2 3 0 3 0
1993-94 Hamilton Canucks AHL 77 10 29 39 272 4 0 1 1 25
1994-95 Syracuse Crunch AHL 74 14 38 52 334
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 11 0 1 1 33 0
1995-96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 63 4 8 12 137 -7
1995-96 Syracuse Crunch AHL 15 3 12 15 52 16 9 8 17 39
1996-97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 64 3 15 18 132 +2
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 3 10 13 164 -8
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 71 15 25 40 103 0
1998-99 Canada WC-A 10 2 3 5 16
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 69 7 21 28 90 -16
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 74 25 29 54 66 -2
2000-01 Canada WC-A 7 3 3 6 10 +4
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 28 4 5 9 18 -13
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 60 15 18 33 58 +2
2003-04 Nashville Predators NHL 75 25 42 67 94 +4 6 0 1 1 6
2004-05 Cambridge Hornets OHA-Sr. 5 2 6 8 4
2004-05 Dundas Real McCoys OHA-Sr. 3 3 2 5 8
2004-05 Canada WC-A 9 0 0 0 4 -4
2005-06 Nashville Predators NHL 33 5 11 16 36 +2 5 0 0 0 6
2006-07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 21 30 51 45 -10
2007-08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 58 14 18 32 115 -3
2008-09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 41 5 10 15 39 -4 18 1 6 7 19
2009-10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 33 3 2 5 23 -4
2009-10 Washington Capitals NHL 9 2 1 3 9 +1 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 829 151 246 397 1162 30 1 7 8 31


OHL Second All-Star Team (1993) Claimed by Nashville from Vancouver in Expansion Draft, June 26, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Cambridge (OHA-Sr.), October 21, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Dundas (OHA-Sr.), February 10, 2005. Missed majority of 2005-06 due to sports hernia (October 25, 2005 vs. Chicago) and wrist (February 6, 2006 at Dallas) injuries. Traded to Carolina by Nashville for Josef Vasicek, July 18, 2006. Traded to Washington by Carolina for Washington's 7th round pick (later traded to Philadelphia - Philadelphia selected Ricard Blidstrand) in 2010 NHL Draft, March 3, 2010.
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