Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kyle Wellwood
Kyle Wellwood was born May 16, 1983 in Windsor, Ontario. The sixth choice, 134th overall selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Wellwood is a graduate of the OHL.

An offensively gifted forward, Wellwood played four seasons in the OHL (99-2003) with stops in Belleville and Kitchener registering 352 points (12-232-352) and was an OHL First Team All-Star in 2001 before making his professional debut during the 2003-04 season. A member of Canada's Silver Medal World Junior team in 2002, Wellwood spent the majority of the 2003-04 season with the AHL's St. John's Maple Leafs, registering 55 points (20-35-55) in 76 games, while making his NHL debut with the parent club early in the new year.

During the NHL lockout, Wellwood returned to St. Johns where he tallied 38 goals (fourth best in the AHL), and 87 points. In his rookie NHL season, Wellwood saw action in 81 games with the Maple Leafs but struggled to produce offensively. After an injury plagued 2006-07 season, Wellwood suffered a sports hernia before the start of the 200708 campaign. He returned to the line-up fifteen games into the season but required minor surgery once the Leafs were mathematically eliminated from the post-season.

With his contract set to expire, the Maple Leafs placed Wellwood on waivers on June 24, 2008. He picked up by the Cancuks and signed to a one-year, $997,500 contract.

His first year in Vancouver would prove to be a productive one for the diminutive pivot. He recorded a career-high 18 goals for the club and reached the playoffs for the first time in his NHL career. The following summer he re-signed with the Canucks, inking a one-year deal on July 28, 2009.

Though his second season in Vancouver was almost identical statistically to his first, Wellwood was not re-signed and instead signed a deal with Atlant Moscow Oblast of the KHL.

In January of 2011, Wellwood would return to the NHL, his destination apparently the St. Louis Blues. However, in accordance with NHL rules, he would have to clear waivers before joining his new club and he was instead picked up by the San Jose Sharks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1998-99 Tecumseh Bulldogs ON-Jr.B 51 22 41 63 12
1999-00 Belleville Bulls OHL 65 14 37 51 14 +18 16 3 7 10 6
2000-01 Belleville Bulls OHL 68 35 83 118 24 +47 10 3 16 19 4
2001-02 Belleville Bulls OHL 28 16 24 40 4 0
2001-02 Windsor Spitfires OHL 26 14 21 35 0 +1 16 12 12 24 0
2002-03 Windsor Spitfires OHL 57 41 59 100 0 +18 7 5 9 14 0
2002-03 Canada WJC-A 6 1 4 5 0 0
2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
2003-04 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 76 20 35 55 6 -14
2004-05 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 80 38 49 87 20 +11 5 2 2 4 2
2005-06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 81 11 34 45 14 0
2006-07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 12 30 42 0 +3
2007-08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 8 13 21 0 -12
2008-09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 18 9 27 4 +2 10 1 5 6 0
2009-10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 14 11 25 12 +6 12 2 5 7 0
2010-11 Atlant Moscow Region KHL 25 5 3 8 2
2010-11 San Jose Sharks NHL 35 5 8 13 0 +10 18 1 6 7 0
2011-12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 77 18 29 47 4 +3
2012-13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 39 6 9 15 2 0
2013-14 EV Zug Swiss 9 1 2 3 0
NHL Totals 489 92 143 235 36 40 4 16 20 0


OHL First All-Star Team (2001) Canadian Major Junior Sportsman of the Year (2003) Claimed on waivers by Vancouver from Toronto, June 25, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Mytischi (KHL), October 4, 2010. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, January 17, 2011. Claimed on waivers by San Jose from St. Louis, January 18, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, September 9, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Zug (Swiss), September 11, 2013. Officially announced his retirement, October 10, 2013.
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