Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tom Draper
Tom Draper had a six-year NHL career, but it translated in to just 53 games in the lineup with four clubs. Selected 165th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the eighth round of the 1985 Entry Draft, Draper opted to play a season in Finland after his NCAA career at Vermont was over.

In 1988-89, he returned to North America and started 54 games for the AHL's Moncton Hawks, going 27-17-5 with two shutouts and a 3.46 goals against average. He was called up for just two games with the Jets that year, but he was drilled for 12 goals, leaving him with an unimpressive 6.00 goals against average.

Draper's next NHL opportunity did not occur until the 1991-92 season when he played 26 games for the Buffalo Sabres, going 10-9-5 with a 3.21 GAA. The following year he started eleven games, going 5-6-0. He played in seven games for the New York Islanders in 1993-94, but was the goalie of record in just four of them, officially going 1-4-0. His final NHL appearance came in 1996-97 when he played one game for the Winnipeg Jets.

For the past five years Draper has toiled in the minors and most recently played for a team in Finland in 2000-01.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1981-82 Lac St-Louis Lions QAAA 25 17 4 4 0 3.40 7 2 5 0 0 3.92
1982-83 Lac St-Louis Lions QAAA 28 15 8 5 0 5.34 7 4 3 0 0 4.50
1983-84 University of Vermont ECAC 20 8 12 0 0 4.08
1984-85 University of Vermont ECAC 24 5 17 0 0 4.11
1985-86 University of Vermont ECAC 29 15 12 1 1 3.08
1986-87 University of Vermont ECAC 29 16 13 0 2 3.47
1987-88 Tappara Tampere Finland 28 16 3 9 0 3.22 10 7 3 2 2.50
1988-89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 2 1 1 0 0 6.00
1988-89 Moncton Hawks AHL 54 27 17 5 2 3.46 7 5 2 0 3.44
1989-90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 6 2 4 0 0 4.35
1989-90 Moncton Hawks AHL 51 20 24 3 1 3.52
1990-91 Moncton Hawks AHL 30 15 13 2 1 3.20
1990-91 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 10 5 3 1 0 3.40
1990-91 Peoria Rivermen IHL 10 6 3 1 0 3.70 4 2 1 0 2.80
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 26 10 9 5 1 3.21 7 3 4 1 2.63
1991-92 Rochester Americans AHL 9 4 3 2 0 3.16
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 11 5 6 0 0 3.70
1992-93 Rochester Americans AHL 5 3 2 0 0 4.36
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 7 1 3 0 0 4.23
1993-94 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 35 7 23 3 0 4.34
1994-95 Minnesota Moose IHL 59 25 20 6 1 3.66 2 0 2 0 5.07
1995-96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 1 0 0 0 0 5.29
1995-96 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 31 14 12 3 1 3.38
1996-97 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 39 28 7 3 2 2.30 18 13 5 2 2.24
1997-98 Quebec Rafales IHL 43 15 22 4 2 3.25
1997-98 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 9 4 2 2 0 2.41 10 5 5 0 3.30
1998-99 Rochester Americans AHL 26 14 9 3 0 2.30 2 0 0 0 2.79
1999-00 Lukko Rauma Finland 52 27 17 7 6 2.21 4 1 3 1 1.54
2000-01 Blues Espoo Finland 35 13 15 6 4 2.50
2001-02 Tappara Tampere Finland 50 29 13 8 9 2.02 10 7 3 0 1.75
2002-03 HIFK Helsinki Finland 7 2 2 2 0 3.84
2002-03 Adirondack IceHawks UHL 5 3 1 0 0 3.13
2002-03 Toledo Storm ECHL 4 3 1 0 1 1.72
2002-03 Augusta Lynx ECHL 17 6 5 2 1 2.99
2003-04 Adirondack IceHawks UHL 1 1 0 0 0 5.00
NHL Totals 53 19 23 5 1 3.69 7 3 4 1 2.63


ECAC First All-Star Team (1986, 1987)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1989)
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (1999) (shared with Martin Biron)
Traded to St. Louis by Winnipeg for future considerations (Jim Vesey, May 24, 1991), February 28, 1991. Traded to Winnipeg by St. Louis for future considerations, May 24, 1991. Traded to Buffalo by Winnipeg for Buffalo's 7th round choice (Artur Oktyabrev) in 1992 Entry Draft, June 22, 1991. Traded to NY Islanders by Buffalo for NY Islanders' 7th round choice (Steve Plouffe) in 1994 Entry Draft, September 30, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, December 14, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Tappara Tampere (Finalnd), August 6, 2001.