Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dave Pichette

Tall and lanky, Dave Pichette was an interesting player. He was an excellent power play pointman, as he showed with the New Jersey Devils in 1984-85 with 17 goals and 57 points. His PP prowess kept him in the league a long time, for a total of 322 games over 7 NHL seasons. He scored 41 goals, 140 assists for 181 points.

But he had several flaws in his game. He was very suspect defensively, often wandering out of position. To make matters worse he was incredibly slow and frail. Essentially, he was a power play specialist who rarely earned his coaches trust in any other aspect of the NHL game.

The closest he came was during that season with the Devils. But the next season he quickly fell back out of favor with coach Doug Carpenter. The Devils were a very bad team back then, and could have really used Pichette's PP ability. Shortly after Christmas that season he suffered a serious concussion thanks to a hit from Chicago's Wayne Presley. Pichette never really came back from that. He was soon out of the NHL altogether, but continued to play in the minor leagues and in Germany.


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