Scottie Upshall

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Scottie Upshall
Born (1983-10-07) October 7, 1983 (age 34)
Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Nashville Predators
Philadelphia Flyers
Phoenix Coyotes
Columbus Blue Jackets
Florida Panthers
St. Louis Blues
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2002
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2003–present

Scott Upshall (born October 7, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the St. Louis Blues of the NHL. He previously served as an alternate captain for the Florida Panthers. He was selected in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators in the first round, sixth overall.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Upshall played with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL in 1999-2000 as a sixteen-year-old. In 52 games, Upshall had 26 goals and 52 points, helping the Oil Barons to the Royal Bank Cup. In five games at the Royal Bank Cup, Upshall had two goals and six points, helping the Oil Barons to the championship.

Upshall joined the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL in 2000–01. Upshall had a memorable rookie season, scoring 42 goals and 87 points in 70 games, helping Kamloops to the playoffs. In four playoff games, Upshall had two assists. After the season, he was named to the WHL All-Rookie Team, the CHL All-Rookie Team, and won the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as Rookie of the Year in the WHL, as well as the CHL Rookie of the Year.

Upshall had another very solid season with the Blazers in 2001–02, as he had 32 goals and 83 points in 61 games, followed by a goal and three points in four playoff games. Upshall also played for Canada at the 2002 World Junior Hockey Championship, where he had three goals and six points in seven games, helping the Canadians to the silver medal. After beginning the 2002–03 season with the Nashville Predators, Upshall was sent back to Kamloops on November 7, 2002. He then scored 25 goals and 56 points in 42 games with the Blazers. In six playoff games, Upshall had two assists. Upshall once again won a silver medal with Canada at the 2003 World Junior Hockey Championship. In six games, Upshall had four goals and five points.

Professional[edit]

Nashville Predators[edit]

Upshall appeared in eight games with the Nashville Predators in 2002–03, where he scored a goal. He was then sent back his junior hockey team, the Kamloops Blazers. After his junior season was over, the Predators assigned Upshall to the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL, where in two games, he had a goal, followed by going pointless in six playoff games.

In 2003-04, Upshall had an injury plagued season, appearing in 31 games with the Admirals, scoring 13 goals and 24 points. Upshall also had a brief stint with the Predators in the NHL, where he had an assist in seven games. Back with Milwaukee for the playoffs, Upshall had three goals in eight games, as the Admirals won the 2004 Calder Cup. Upshall spent the entire 2004–05 with the Admirals, as Upshall had 19 goals and 46 points in 62 games, followed by two goals and four points in five playoff games.

Upshall spent a majority of the 2005–06 season with the Nashville Predators, as he scored eight goals and 24 points in 48 games with the team. Upshall also appeared in two playoff games with Nashville, getting no points. He also appeared in 23 games with Milwaukee in 2005–06, scoring 17 goals and 33 points. In 14 playoff games with the Admirals, Upshall had six goals and 16 points.

Upshall began the 2006–07 splitting time between Milwaukee and Nashville. In five games with the Admirals, Upshall had an assist, while in 14 games with the Predators, Upshall had two goals and three points. On February 15, 2007, the Predators traded Upshall, Ryan Parent, the Predators first and third round draft picks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft to the Philadelphia Flyers for Peter Forsberg.

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

Upshall joined a rebuilding Philadelphia Flyers club to finish the 2006–07 season, and in 18 games with the team, he had six goals and 13 points. Upshall became a full-time NHL player in 2007–08, as he scored 14 goals and 30 points in 61 games with the Flyers. In 17 playoff games, Upshall had three goals and seven points, as the Flyers lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals. Upshall became a fan favorite in Philadelphia.

Upshall had a slow start to the 2008–09 season, as in 55 games with Philadelphia, he had seven goals and 21 points. On March 4, 2009, the Flyers traded Upshall and a second round draft pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft to the Phoenix Coyotes for Daniel Carcillo.

Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus[edit]

Upshall scored a goal in his first game with the Phoenix Coyotes, and finished the 2008–09 season with eight goals and 13 points in 19 games with Phoenix. After the season, Upshall played for Canada at the 2009 World Hockey Championship, where he had an assist in eight games. In 49 games with the Coyotes in 2009–10, Upshall had 18 goals and 32 points. Due to injuries, Upshall wasn't able to play with the team in the playoffs. Upshall returned to Phoenix in 2010–11, where he had 16 goals and 27 points in 61 games. On February 28, 2011, the Coyotes traded Upshall and Sami Lepisto to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rostislav Klesla and Dane Byers.

Florida Panthers[edit]

Upshall signed a four-year contract worth $14 million with the Florida Panthers on July 1, 2011.[1] During the his first season with the Panthers in 2011–12, Upshall only skated in 26 games as he was plagued by both a hip injury and sports hernia surgery respectively.[2][3]

Upshall on was only able to play in 27 games the following season, mainly due to an ankle injury.[4]

St. Louis Blues[edit]

Upshall attended training camp with the St. Louis Blues on a professional tryout contract ahead of the 2015–16 season.[5] Upshall earned a contract with the club, agreeing to a one-year, two-way contract on October 5 worth $700,000.[6]

On June 22, 2016, the Blues re-sign Upshall to a one-year, $900,010 contract.[7] In the 2016–17 season, Upshall improved upon his offensive numbers with the Blues in providing 10 goals and 18 points in 73 regular season games.

The Blues chose not to re-signed Upshall, making him an unrestricted free agent. On September 8, 2017, the Vancouver Canucks signed Upshall to a professional tryout.[8] Upshall was later released from his PTO with the Canucks after the Blues suffered a rash of injuries. On September 30, 2017, the Blues signed Upshall to a professional tryout.[9] The following day, the Blues signed him to a one-year, $800,000 contract for the 2017–18 season.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Kamloops Blazers WHL 70 42 45 87 111 4 0 2 2 10
2001–02 Kamloops Blazers WHL 61 32 51 83 139 4 1 2 3 21
2002–03 Kamloops Blazers WHL 50 25 31 56 113 6 0 2 2 34
2002–03 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 2 1 0 1 2 6 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 8 1 0 1 0
2003–04 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 31 13 11 24 42 8 3 0 3 4
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 7 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 62 19 27 46 108 5 2 2 4 8
2005–06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 23 17 16 33 44 14 6 10 16 20
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 48 8 16 24 34 2 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 14 2 1 3 18
2006–07 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 5 0 1 1 6
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 18 6 7 13 8
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 61 14 16 30 74 17 3 4 7 44
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 55 7 14 21 63
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 19 8 5 13 26
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 49 18 14 32 50
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 61 16 11 27 42
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 21 6 1 7 10
2011–12 Florida Panthers NHL 26 2 3 5 29 7 1 2 3 4
2012–13 Florida Panthers NHL 27 4 1 5 25
2013–14 Florida Panthers NHL 76 15 22 37 73
2014–15 Florida Panthers NHL 63 8 7 15 28
2015–16 St. Louis Blues NHL 70 6 8 14 44 17 1 2 3 10
2016–17 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 10 8 18 45 11 0 0 0 8
2017–18 St. Louis Blues NHL 63 7 12 19 46
NHL totals 759 138 147 285 615 54 5 8 13 66

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Canada Pacific U-17 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 4 4 8 16
2001 Canada WJC18 3 2 1 3 2
2002 Canada WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 3 3 6 10
2003 Canada WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 4 1 5 18
2009 Canada WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 0 1 1 27
Junior totals 21 13 9 22 46
Senior totals 6 0 1 1 27

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
WHL
CHL All-Rookie Team 2001
Rookie of the Year 2001
All-Rookie Team 2001
Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy 2001
CHL Top Prospects Game 2002
West Second All-Star Team 2002
AHL
Calder Cup (Milwaukee Admirals) 2004

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dan Hamhuis
Nashville Predators first round draft pick
2002
Succeeded by
Ryan Suter