Category: sandis ozolinsh

Greatest Players Drafted – 30th Overall

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Sandis Ozolinsh

Drafted: 30th overall (2nd round), 1991, San Jose Sharks
Amateur Team: Dynamo Riga 
Born: August 3rd, 1972 in Riga, Latvia
Position: Defence
Teams: SJS, COL, CAR, FLA, ANA, NYR
Number(s): 6, 8, 44, 24
Shoots: Left

Career Statistics

Regular Season                      Playoffs

GP: 875                                   GP: 137
Goals: 167                               Goals: 23

Assists: 397                              Assists: 67       
Points: 564                               Points: 90    
Goals/Game: 0.191                  Goals/Game: 0.168  
Assists/Game: 0.454                 Assists/Game: 0.489  
Points/Game: 0.645                  Points/Game: 0.657                     

Awards/Honours

1x Stanley Cup Champion
1x NHL First All-Star Team
7x NHL All-Star


Honourable Mention: Randy Carlyle (1976, TML)

Another fairly easy one to pick. There were really only two contenders here, Ozolinsh and Carlyle, both defencemen. For my money, Ozolinsh was the better player. I’ll admit to some bias, because I watched him play for a number of years, while Carlyle retired when I was just a little kid. Carlyle did win a Norris Trophy, but Ozolinsh was a finalist once, won a cup with Colorado, and had the better career overall, in my opinion.