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Joe Paterson
Joe Paterson
Left Wing
Number: 7
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 207
Shoots: Left
Born: Jun 25, 1960
Birthplace: Toronto, ON, Canada
Hometown: Scarborough, Ontario
Drafted: DET / 1979 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 5th (87th overall)
Joe Paterson grew up playing something less than transcendent hockey in the house leagues of Scarborough, Ontario. He skated up and down his wing, rumbled into corners, jammed goal creases, and played a generally physical game. Even as a junior with the London Knights of the OHA, he never scored more than 22 goals in a season.

But his physical style of play was good enough to catch the attention of the Detroit Red Wings who drafted him 87th overall in the 1979 entry draft. They brought him on board the following year and placed him in a straitjacket as a quasi-enforcer who, in his own opinion, could have used more seasoning in the minors.

He eventually got his wish as he spent his first six big-league seasons, being bounced to the AHL on an annual basis. It was not until the Flyers, who had procured his services in 1984, sent him to the Kings that Paterson finally got a consistent NHL job. In Los Angeles and later in New York, he was able to string together three and a half seasons of fight and play-it-tough hockey. At times the Kings even dropped him onto a line with Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor to, as coach Pat Quinn put it, to keep his high-priced help running smoothly.

Paterson lasted 20 games with the Rangers in 1988-89 before being dispatched to the minors where he rounded out his career with stops in Denver, Flint, Binghamton, and Phoenix.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80