Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Harold Druken
Harold Druken, who was an OHL sniper with the Detroit/Plymouth franchise was the Vancouver Canucks third selection in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. During his draft year, he notched 58 goals and 45 assists for 103 points in 60 games and also represented his country at the 1999 World Junior Hockey Championships where he won a silver medal.

Harold learned he would require more then just soft hands to make it as an NHL player. The speedy winger scored seven goals and 16 points in 33 games for the Canucks, but his defensive play needed work and he was assigned to Syracuse of the AHL where he was a point-a-game player.

Druken started the next season in Kansas City of the IHL and though he was disappointed at not cracking the Canuck lineup out of camp, he used the experience to work hard and hone his game. After 15 games with the Kansas City Blades, the Canucks recalled Druken, and he spent the rest of the season in Vancouver.

As the season progressed he slowly improved his game, and though there were scratches along the way his development and confidence never suffered. By year's end, Druken had accumulated 15 goals, including the marker that pushed the Canucks into the post-season for the first time in four years, and added just as many helpers.

Though it seemed the 2000-01 campaign was his break out year, Druken found himself shuttling between the big club and the minor leagues again during the 2001-02 schedule. When he struggled to score and the Canucks offense needed a boost General Manager Brian Burke went out and acquired winger Jan Hlavac and Druken was sent to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.

The 2002-03 season is one that Druken would prefer to forget. He started the season in Vancouver before being moved to the Carolina Hurricanes then found himself with the Toronto Maple Leafs where he also spent time with the team's AHL affiliate in St. John's before finishing the season with the AHL's Lowell Lock Monsters.

After seeing action with five teams in 2002-03, Druken was re-acquired by the Leafs in the spring of 2003.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Noble and Greenough School High-MA 30 37 28 65 28
1995-96 Canada U-18 5 2 3 5 2
1996-97 Detroit Jr. Whalers OHL 63 27 31 58 14 5 3 2 5 0
1997-98 Plymouth Whalers OHL 64 38 44 82 12 +16 15 9 11 20 4
1998-99 Plymouth Whalers OHL 60 58 45 103 34 +53 11 9 12 21 14
1998-99 Canada WJC-A 7 1 1 2 2
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 33 7 9 16 10 +14
1999-00 Syracuse Crunch AHL 47 20 25 45 32 +10 4 1 2 3 6
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 55 15 15 30 14 +2 4 0 1 1 0
2000-01 Kansas City Blades IHL 15 5 9 14 20 -2
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 27 4 4 8 6 -1
2001-02 Manitoba Moose AHL 11 2 9 11 4 -5
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 1 1 2 0 -1
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 10 0 1 1 2 -1
2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 0 2 2 2 +1
2002-03 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 6 0 3 3 2 -4
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 4 0 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 24 8 10 18 8 -10
2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 0 4 4 2 +4
2003-04 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 57 26 25 51 31 -20
2004-05 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 48 18 20 38 28 -12
2005-06 EHC Basel Swiss 18 6 4 10 34
NHL Totals 146 27 36 63 36 4 0 1 1 0


OHL All-Rookie Team (1997) OHL Second All-Star Team (1999) AHL All-Rookie Team (2000) Missed majority of 2001-02 due to ankle injury vs. Dallas, December 2, 2001. Traded to Carolina by Vancouver with Jan Hlavac for Darren Langdon and Marek Malik, November 1, 2002. Claimed on waivers by Toronto from Carolina, December 11, 2002. Claimed on waivers by Carolina from Toronto, January 17, 2003. Traded to Toronto by Carolina for Allan Rourke, May 29, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Basel (Swiss), August, 2005.
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