Hull & Oates: The Individual Scoring Records of the NHL's St. Louis Blues
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Hull & Oates: The Individual Scoring Records of the NHL's St. Louis Blues

Adam Oates and Brett Hull came together with the St. Louis Blues to form one of the greatest scoring duos in National Hockey League history. In one amazing season, 1990-91, the two re-wrote the St. Louis record book in ways that probably will never be broken.

The St. Louis Blues were one of six teams that entered the National Hockey League for the 1967-68 season, increasing the league in size from six to twelve teams. The team’s individual records for most goals, assists and points were all set in 1990-91 and remain as high marks today.

adam oates brett hull st. louis blues upper deck hockey card 1991-92Brett Hull recorded the third highest single season goal total in NHL history in 1990-91 with 86. Only Wayne Gretzky has ever scored more goals in a season. Although the Rocket Richard Trophy wasn’t in existence at the time, Hull would have easily won as he was 35 goals ahead of the Theo Fleury of the Calgary Flames, Cam Neely of the Boston Bruins and Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings, all who were tied with 51 goals.

Hull finished his career with 741 goals in 1269 regular season NHL games with Calgary, St. Louis, Dallas Stars, Detroit and the Phoenix Coyotes. He is third all-time in the NHL, only behind Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe.

Adam Oates didn’t record his career best in assists in 1990-91 but his 90 stand as a Blues team record. In 1992-93, Oates would record 97 assists with the Bruins, the 15th highest total in NHL history. Ironically, the total isn’t the team record with Bobby Orr recording 102 with the 1970-71 Boston Bruins. As it stands, Adam’s total in 1990-91 is the 26th highest single season total in NHL history and was among his 1079. He ranks sixth all-time in helpers, accumulated over a career that spanned from 1985-86 to 2003-04 with Detroit, St. Louis, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Anaheim and Edmonton.

Over his career, Oates led the NHL in assists on three occasions. In twelve seasons, he finished no lower than seventh in this category. Yet, Adam Oates has been repeatedly been denied entry to the Hockey Hall of Fame since he became eligible.

Brett Hull totalled 131 points in 1990-91 and placed second to Wayne Gretzky that season in the race for the Art Ross Trophy. Gretzky was 32 points ahead with 163. In third place was Adam Oates with 115 points. Ironically, where this was the best point total of Hull’s career, Oates would accumulate 142 with the Bruins in 1992-93. Brett’s 131 is the 41st highest in NHL history, whereas Adam’s total of 142 is the 22nd highest.

What effect did the exceptional seasons of these two linemates have on the St. Louis Blues in 1990-91? The team finished second overall in the NHL, one point behind division rival, the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues were upset by the Minnesota North Stars in the division finals. The North Stars would make it to the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Coach Brian Sutter was the recipient of the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year. Hull was selected to the First All-Star Team and Oates was the centre on the Second Team.

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