Earlier today it was revealed that former Oiler Mike Grier had called it a career.
The 6’1″ Mike Grier hailed from Detroit, Michigan and was selected in the ninth round of the ’93 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues. Grier became an Oiler via a trade that included then-Blues goalie Curtis Joseph for Shayne Corson and a pair of first round picks.
It was in Edmonton that Grier experienced his greatest successes on offence.
It’s pretty safe to say that Mike Grier wasn’t going to dazzle you with his fanciful style of play. Grier was a glue guy, an ‘energy line’ type of player that wasn’t a complete dolt with the biscuit. Grier’s rookie campgan saw him score 32 points (15-17-32) with a plus/minus rating of 7. Grier saw 12 playoff games that year, contributing 4 points (3-1-4).
Grier would go on to celebrate a career season on offence in ’98-’99 when he notched 44 points (20-24-44) in 82 games.
Grier was noted for his physicality. Grier wasn’t a fighter by nature, and he certainly wouldn’t carry the ‘goon’ moniker during his career, but Grier could hold his own if he needed to. Just ask Jamie Huscroft of Calgary.
Mike Grier spent six seasons in Edmonton, and finished with 183 points (81-102-183) in an Oiler sweater. In 2002, he was dealt to the Washington Capitals in exchange for (again) a couple of draft picks. Grier spent two seasons in Washington before being dealt to the Sabres in 2004. Grier played a couple of years for the Sabres before spending three in San Jose. Grier finished his career with two more years in Buffalo.
Grier spent fourteen years in the NHL, totalling 383 points (162-221-383) in 1060 career games. While Grier was never going to lead the league in scoring, he had intangibles that couldn’t be found upon a scoresheet. Grier was multi-faceted. He played tough minutes, he could play the penalty kill. The guy could play pretty much wherever you put him, but his home was on the third line.
Happy Trails, Mike Grier. We wish you all the best in your retirement.
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