More Penguins Draft Reflections

October 27, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman makes an announcement that the 2012 NHL draft will be held in Pittsburgh on June 22 and 23, 2012 at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

The 1980′s were very good to the Penguins as they began to put some much better players on the ice.      The First of which happened in 1980 as they drafted Mike Bullard.     A prolific player as an Amateur,  he was one of the first players the Pens drafted that really was the real thing once drafted.

Mike Bullard played a little more than 5 seasons as a Penguin before being traded to the Calgary Flames.      He averaged over 30 goals a season in each of 5 full seasons as a Penguin and more than 70 total points.     His best season as a Penguin was in 1983-84′ when he finished with 92 points with 51 goals.      That season  however was not his best season overall as he topped that when he was a Flame in 1987.     He finished that season with 48 goals and a total of 103 points.

Mike Bullard played 2 seasons as a Calgary Flame, then a couple as a Flyer.    He finished his NHL Career in 1991-1992 season while he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs.     He finished his career with 674 career points in 727 games.     Of those 674 points, 329 of them were goals.     His career in the NHL was short, but his Hockey Career was not over.

Mike then went on to play in Europe where he played 10 years in Germany.    During those seasons in Germany, he tacked on over 200 more goals and averaged more than 50 points a season.     once again though, his career in Hockey was not over.

Mike then got into coaching in the German league where he played.     After coaching for 6 seasons bopping around that league, he came  home to Canada where he started his Junior Hockey Career and became the GM of the Brantford Eagles of the OHL.

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Topics: Draft, Mike Bullard, Pittsburgh Penguins

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