Last time, we took a look at former Washington Capitals forward Chuck Arnason. Today, we take a look at a former Washington Capitals center who is very familiar with current head coach Barry Trotz: Jason Arnott. While Jason had a very short tenure with the Capitals, he still managed to have an impressive career that found him beloved by no fewer than two franchises.
Jason Arnott’s Pre-Capitals Career
Jason Arnott was the seventh overall pick of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft and was selected by the Edmonton Oilers. He made his NHL debut the same year, finishing second in the Calder Trophy voting after posting 68 points (33 goals, 35 assists) and 104 penalty minutes in 78 games. In the 1994-1995 season, Arnott, despite playing in only 42 games, had 37 points and 128 penalty minutes. Arnott had a difficult time staying healthy, as he missed a combined 33 games during the 1995-1996 and 1996-1997 seasons. In 131 games combined between those two seasons, he posted 116 points and 179 penalty minutes. He was traded to the New Jersey Devils in January of 1998 with Bryan Muir for Valeri Zelepukin and Bill Guerin.
The Jason Arnott trade is generally considered to be one of the better trades made by the New Jersey Devils, as Arnott helped to lead the Devils to four consecutive playoff appearances from 1997-1998 to 2000-2001, including two Stanley Cup appearances and a Stanley cup win. In each of his three full seasons with the Devils, Arnott scored over 50 points and saw his penalty minutes drop to a more reasonable level. During the Devils’ Stanley Cup run in 1999-2000, Arnott had 20 points in 23 games and scored the Stanley Cup clinching goal in double overtime.
In March of 2002, Jason Arnott was traded from the Devils to the Dallas Stars (who the Devils beat in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1999-2000) with Randy McKay and New Jersey’s 1st round choice in the 2002 Entry Draft for Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner. Arnott had a lot of success with the Stars, as he had a career high 76 points with the Stars in 2005-2006.
Jason Arnott signed with the Nashville Predators in 2006 and played for the Predators for four seasons. In 2008-2009, Arnott set the Predators single-season goal record with 33 goals. In June of 2010, he was traded back to the Devils in exchange for Matt Halischuk and New Jersey’s 2nd round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft. In February of 2011, Arnott was traded to the Washington Capitals for David Steckel and Washington’s 2nd round choice in the 2012 Entry Draft.
Jason Arnott’s Washington Capitals Career
Jason Arnott would only spend 11 regular season games with the Washington Capitals. He scored seven points (four goals, three assists) in those eleven games. In nine playoff games with the Capitals, Arnott had six points. He signed with the Blues as a free agent, and that would be his final season in the NHL.
Jason Arnott finished his NHL career playing in 1,244 regular season games. In those 1,244 games, Arnott amassed:
- 417 goals
- 521 assists
- 938 points
- 1,242 penalty minutes
If you include his playoff numbers, Arnott had a combined total of 1,011 career points. Jason Arnott was never a very flashy player, but he was big, tough, he always played hard, and few could put rebounds in the back of the net or fight for loose pucks like him. Arnott was always a pain in the butt to play against. Not only could he score on you if a rebound came his way, he could beat the crap out of you too. Players like Arnott are becoming increasingly rare.
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