Feb 19, 2009 - Ken Wregget
Ken Wregget got his first callups in 1983-84 on a team that was going nowhere and couldn't defend at all. He was cannon fodder and wound up with a GAA over 5.00.
Ken was also a tall goalie out of the West with very good junior credentials.
I kind of hope that's where the comparison ends, because I have to admit I was an Allan Bester guy. Ken was not my first choice and I always thought Allan should be the starter.
Not that Ken was bad all the time. When he was on, he was really on. Unfortunately for the Leafs, that was October and April. From November to March, it was another story. He'd have an average of about 2.8 through the end of October, finish the year at 4.30, then be top-notch through the playoffs (seriously, check out the difference between his regular season and playoff stats). The Leafs, I presume, hoped he'd harness those great stretches and od it all the time.
Ken left the Leafs for a pair of Philly first-rounders which the Leafs then squandered by refusing to scout anyone more than an hour's drive from the Gardens. Bester finally got his chance to start, got into trouble with bone spurs and was never right again. Pretty soon, it was on to Peter Ing.
Ken went on to a pretty long post-Leaf career as a solid B-list guy.
Wregget doing his thing - it's clear that this is April:
|1983-84||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||3||1||1||1||0||5.09|
|1984-85||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||23||2||15||3||0||4.84|
|1984-85||St. Catharines Saints||AHL||12||2||8||1||0||4.19|
|1985-86||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||30||9||13||4||0||4.33||10||6||4||1||3.16|
|1985-86||St. Catharines Saints||AHL||18||8||9||0||1||4.42|
|1986-87||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||56||22||28||3||0||3.97||13||7||6||1||2.29|
|1987-88||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||56||12||35||4||2||4.44||2||0||1||0||6.11|
|1988-89||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||32||9||20||2||0||4.42|
|1999-00||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||29||14||10||2||0||2.66|
WHL Goaltender of the Year (1984)
- Traded to Philadelphia by Toronto for Philadelphia's 1st round choice (Rob Pearson) in 1989 Entry Draft and Calgary's 1st round choice (previously acquired, Toronto selected Steve Bancroft) in 1989 Entry Draft, March 6, 1989.
- Traded to Pittsburgh by Philadelphia with Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson and Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Dave Roche) in 1993 Entry Draft for Mark Recchi, Brian Benning and Los Angeles' 1st round choice (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected Jason Bowen) in 1992 Entry Draft, February 19, 1992.
- Traded to Calgary by Pittsburgh with Dave Roche for German Titov and Todd Hlushko, June 17, 1998.
- Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 23, 1999.
the HHOF take on Ken:
Ken Wregget was a 3rd-round selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs, 45th overall, in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. Wregget enjoyed two superb seasons with the Lethbridge Broncos of the Western Junior Hockey League. In fact, Wregget was the number-one goaltender while his backup was a fellow by the name of Ron Hextall.
Wregget got his feet wet by playing in three NHL games in the 1983-84 season, winning one, losing one and tying one while posting a high 5.09 goals against average. In 1984-85, Wregget tended goal for 23 games in Toronto and 30 the following year. It became apparent he was now the Maple Leafs' top goalie and in the 1986-87 season his workload increased to 56 games. He had a 22-28-3 record with a respectable 3.97 goals against average on a team that was sorely lacking in talent. He followed that season with another 56-game performance in 1987-88, but the win total dropped off to just 12 and the goals against increased to 4.44.
As the 1988-89 season was winding down, the Maple Leafs sent Wregget to the Philadelphia Flyers, who were looking for a front-line goaltender heading into the playoffs. Wregget spent the next two seasons playing in Philadelphia, but he was never able to take advantage fully of the opportunity with the Flyers, despite playing in 51 and 30 games each season, respectively.
Once again Wregget found himself on the move at the trade deadline, this time winding up in Pittsburgh, where he was the backup for Tom Barrasso. With Barrasso injured for part of the playoffs, Wregget filled in admirably and was a key factor in helping the Penguins win their second Stanley Cup in a row. Wregget tended the Pittsburgh goal for another six seasons before moving on to the Calgary Flames for the 1998-99 campaign. In 27 games he registered a 2.53 goals against average, the best of his career.
In 1999-2000, Wregget appeared in 29 games for the Detroit Red Wings, posting a 14-10-2 record with a 2.66 GAA.
In 2000-01, with his career winding down, the 37-year-old Wregget tended goal for the Manitoba Moose of the International Hockey League. In 30 starts he was 11-13-4 with a 2.70 GAA and two shutouts.