Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Drew Stafford
Drew Stafford was born October 30, 1985 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Buffalo's first-round choice in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Stafford spent three years in the WCHA with North Dakota tallying 118 points. Prior to his stint in North Dakota, he played at Shattuck-St.Mary's in Fairbault, Minnesota alongside Sidney Crosby.

After three seasons in the WCHA, Stafford split his 2006-07 season with the Buffalo Sabres and their AHL affiliate in Rochester. He would see regular action in 41 of Buffalo's games and was named the NHL Rookie of the month in March after recording 13 points in 15 games.

Internationally, Stafford has represented his nation at the World Junior Championships (2004, 2005, 2006) and the Under 18 Championships (2003). In the 2004 World Junior Championships, Stafford earned a Gold Medal with Team USA after a surprising 4-3 win over Canada. He made his World Championship debut in 2006 and was welcomed back to the squad in 2008.

As a member of the Sabres, Stafford would continue to grow offensively. Though limited to just 62 games during the 2010-11 season he recorded a career-best 31 goals and added 21 assists for 52 points. Though his goal total dipped to 20 the following season, he still managed to reach the 50 point mark.

Stafford would appear in 46 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, taking on more of a leadership role with the young Sabres club. The following year he was named the team's alternate captain.

On February 11, 2015, Stafford was traded along with Tyler Myers, Brendan Lemieux, and a first round draft pick to the Winnipeg Jets for Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Jason Kasdorf.

Stafford would prove to be a good pick up for the Jets, recording 19 points in 26 games as the club advanced to the playoffs. During the 2015-16 season, Stafford would appear in 78 games for the Jets, reaching the 20-goal mark for the fourth time in his career.

On March 1, 2017, Stafford's time in the Jets organization would come to an end. He was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional draft pick. He would go on to appear in 18 regular season games and six post-season contests for the club as the season came to an end. On August 25, 2017, as an unrestricted free agent, Stafford signed with the New Jersey Devils.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2000-01 Shattuck-St. Mary's High-MN
2001-02 Shattuck-St. Mary's High-MN 45 35 53 88 30
2002-03 Shattuck-St. Mary's High-MN 65 49 67 116
2002-03 United States WJ18-A 6 3 2 5 8 +2
2003-04 University of North Dakota WCHA 36 11 21 32 30
2003-04 United States WJC-A 6 0 2 2 2 +4
2004-05 University of North Dakota WCHA 42 13 25 38 34
2004-05 United States WJC-A 7 5 4 9 14 -3
2005-06 University of North Dakota WCHA 42 24 24 48 63
2005-06 United States WC-A 7 0 1 1 0 0
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 41 13 14 27 33 +5 10 2 2 4 4
2006-07 Rochester Americans AHL 34 22 22 44 30 +16
2007-08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 64 16 22 38 51 +3
2007-08 United States WC-A 7 1 3 4 6 +4
2008-09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 20 25 45 29 +3
2008-09 United States WC-A 9 2 1 3 6 0
2009-10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 14 20 34 35 +4 3 0 0 0 0
2010-11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 62 31 21 52 34 +13 7 1 2 3 2
2011-12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 20 30 50 46 +5
2012-13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 46 6 12 18 21 -16
2013-14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 70 16 18 34 39 -19
2014-15 Buffalo Sabres NHL 50 9 15 24 39 -18
2014-15 Winnipeg Jets NHL 26 9 10 19 8 +6 4 1 1 2 0
2015-16 Winnipeg Jets NHL 78 21 17 38 28 -23
2016-17 Winnipeg Jets NHL 40 4 9 13 12 -2
2016-17 Boston Bruins NHL 18 4 4 8 12 +8 6 2 0 2 2
NHL Totals 725 183 217 400 387 30 6 5 11 8


Traded to Winnipeg by Buffalo with Tyler Myers, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux and St. Louis' 1st round pick (previously acquired, Winnipeg selected Jack Roslovic) in 2015 NHL Draft for Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Jason Kasdorf, February 11, 2015. Traded to Boston by Winnipeg for Boston's 5th round pick in 2018 NHL Draft, March 1, 2017.
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