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B's Alumni Make List of Top 10 Playmakers

NHL.com recently ranked the Top 10 playmakers of all-time

Tuesday, 09.18.2012 / 3:44 PM ET / Features
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NHL.com's John Kreiser recently ranked the Top 10 playmakers of all-time and two Bruins appeared on the list, with Adam Oates and Bobby Orr coming in at numbers three and two, respectively...

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3. Adam Oates
Oates
If you were a goal-scorer, Oates was the guy you wanted on your line. Though he was never drafted and didn't begin his NHL career until age 23, Oates became one of the most prolific passers in NHL history - his assist total in the 1990s was second only to Wayne Gretzky. He led the League in assists three times and was in the top 10 on 12 occasions.
Oates is also the only player in NHL history to center for three 50-goal scorers. He was the principal setup man for Brett Hull in St. Louis, Cam Neely in Boston and Peter Bondra in Washington. Oates had 79 or more assists in five consecutive seasons from 1989-90 to '93-94, then let the NHL in assists in 2000-01 and repeated in '01-02 -- at the age of 39.
His prolific passing skills (1,079 career assists) earned Oates a berth in the Hockey Hall of Fame - he will be inducted this fall.

2. Bobby Orr
Orr's career offensive totals have been eclipsed by several defensemen in the three-plus decades since his knees forced him to retire at age 31. But it's hard to picture any defenseman putting up the kind of offensive numbers Orr produced before his knees went out.
Orr was the fastest skater of his day -- maybe the fastest player ever -- and was the first defenseman to rush the puck on a regular basis. But he was most dangerous when he led the rush and was able to dish to a teammate for a wide-open shot. Orr didn't want his teammates standing around watching him skate around opponents -- he wanted them involved, ready to receive a pass when the defense tried to stop him.
Orr is still the only defenseman to lead the NHL in scoring - he did it in 1970-71 with 139 points, 102 of which were assists. He had at least 72 assists and 101 points in each of his last six full seasons.

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Orr
While Oates and Orr spent considerably different amounts of time in Boston, they both left their marks as prolific passers.

Oates played in five-plus seasons for the Black & Gold, collecting 357 assists in 368 games. In the 1992-’93 season, he led all players with 97 assists. He was a part of five Bruins playoff teams, and was a vital part of the team’s success. In the 1992-’93, he led the entire NHL in game-winning goals with 11, helping the Bruins to win the Adams Division.

Obviously, Orr is a player who needs no introduction. Number Four won eight consecutive Norris Trophies, but left his impact on the game from his two-way play, and playmaking abilities. Five times Orr led the entire NHL in assists, and recorded 645 assists in his 657-game career.

In the 1970-’71 season, Orr shattered the plus-minus record—which he still holds—posting a plus-124 season, a testament to not only his tremendous offensive abilities, but also his clinical defensive aptitude.

For more on NHL.com's take on the NHL's most prolific passers, click here.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
3 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
4 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
7 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
8 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 54 21 26 10 47
L. Eriksson 54 17 25 11 42
B. Marchand 49 26 14 14 40
D. Krejci 44 12 28 2 40
R. Spooner 54 11 27 -7 38
Z. Chara 52 7 22 11 29
M. Beleskey 52 8 18 9 26
J. Hayes 52 12 13 -7 25
T. Krug 53 3 21 2 24
B. Connolly 51 7 12 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 20 16 5 .917 2.55
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .911 2.58
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