Greatest Players Drafted – 6th Overall

Paul Coffey

Drafted: 6th overall (1st round), 1980, Edmonton Oilers
Amateur Team: Kitchener Rangers
Born: June 1st, 1961 in Weston, Ontario
Position: Defence
Number: 7, 77, 74
Shoots: Left

Career Statistics

Regular Season                      Playoffs

GP: 1409                                 GP: 194
Goals: 396                              Goals: 59 
Assists: 1135                          Assists: 137       
Points: 1531                           Points: 196    
Goals/Game: 0.281                Goals/Game: 0.304  
Assists/Game: 0.806             Assists/Game: 0.706  
Points/Game: 1.087               Points/Game: 1.010                    


2004 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
4x Stanley Cup Champion
3x James Norris Memorial Trophy winner
4x First NHL All-Star Team
4x Second NHL All-Star Team
14x NHL All-Star

Honourable Mention: Peter Forsberg (1991, PHI), Phil Housley (1982, BUF)

No real competition here, despite the fact Coffey, Forsberg, and Housley all had Hall of Fame careers. Forsberg was dominant as a player, but he just didn’t have the longevity to really claim top spot. And it would make no sense to have Housley at the top, since Coffey was essentially a better version of the same player. When it comes to offensive defencemen, there weren’t many better than Coffey. He’s the only defenceman in history to score 40+ goals in multiple seasons (40 in 1983-84, 48 in 1985-86). Of the five defenceman to put up 100+ points in a season, he’s one of two to do it more than once (five times to Bobby Orr’s six).