One of the most disappointing things a player can do is have his best season the first time you see the guy play. You always expect more from a player not to be at his ceiling after year 1.
Wayne Presley was drafted in 1983 and he made his debut with the Blackhawks in 1985, but his first full season was in 1986.
In his first full year, Presley scored 32 times with 29 assists which surprisingly was the 2nd highest amount of goals scored in the mid 80’s on the Blackhawks roster with Denis Savard and Steve Larmer in their primes.
Presley never again would score over 30 goals and even worse he only scored over 20 goals once more in his NHL career.
If you want to make a modern comparison think Bryan Bickell. Both Presley and Bickell were better during the playoffs then they were during the regular season.
Presley scored 9 times in 15 games during the 1990 playoff run to the Conference Finals, and during is Chicago Blackhawks career he scored 17 playoff goals in 33 games which is a way better average then his regular season totals.
Presley wasn’t afraid to drop the gloves that’s for sure even though he wasn’t the heavyweight battle on this night.
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Presley’s fame in the Chicago Blackhawks record books is that he had 3 shorthanded goals in the 1989 playoff run for the Chicago Blackhawks. He’s the top Chicago Blackhawk all-time in shorthanded playoff goals in a career wearing the Chicago Blackhawks jersey.
Presley would move on to the San Jose Sharks before the 1992 season, and like so many 1980’s Chicago Blackhawks wouldn’t be able to play in a Stanley Cup Final with a team that came so close for so many years.
Presley is #77 on our countdown! What do you think? Too high or Too Low or Shouldn’t be on the list at all?
Only 77 days left until the Pittsburgh Penguins head to the United Center to start the 2017-2018 season against our beloved Blackhawks!