St. Louis Blues: Top 10 Single-Season Performances in Team History

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5. Adam Oates (1990-91)

61 regular season games, 25 goals, 90 assists, +15 rating; 13 postseason games, 7 goals, 13 assists; NHL All-Star

Obviously most Blues fans remember Brett Hull most prominently when they think about the team’s prolific offense in the late 1980s and early 1990s, because he was doing all the goal scoring. Hull’s productivity wouldn’t have been possible, however, without the second member of the creatively-named “Hull and Oates” duo, center Adam Oates. The Hall-of-Famer was consistently prolific at dishing the puck throughout his 19-season career, but he had some especially great seasons while teamed with Hull in St. Louis.

His most memorable campaign with the Blues came in 1990-91, a 90-assist effort that was a major factor in helping Hull score 86 goals. Oates also found time to score 25 goals himself, which ranked him third on the team behind Hull and Geoff Courtnall. Oates ranked second in the league in assists, as Wayne Gretzky finished with 122 helpers and 163 points overall, but surely no one will discount him for finishing second in the category to the greatest player in the history of the sport.

If Oates hadn’t been traded as part of a financial dispute in 1992, he may have enjoyed many more seasons setting up Hull and propelling him to 70-plus-goal seasons. Unfortunately, we’ll just have to think about what could have been and appreciate the incredible performance that he delivered in 90-91.

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