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Tom Poti
Tom Poti
Number: 3
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 190
Shoots: Left
Born: Mar 22, 1977
Birthplace: Worcester, MA, United States
Hometown: Worcester, Mass.
Acquired: Signed as a free agent on 4/8/06.
Drafted: EDM / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (59th overall)
LAST SEASON: Led the team with an average time on ice of 25:42...Led the team and set a career-high with 38 assists...Finished 14th in the NHL with 170 blocked shots.

PLAYOFFS 2007: Following the completion of the quarterfinals, finished third among Eastern Conference players with an average time on ice of 27:34.

2005-2006: Appeared in 73 games with the Rangers, registering three goals and 20 assists for 23 points, along with 70 penalty minutes Ranked first on the team with 123 blocked shots ... Ranked first among all team defensemen with 122 shots on goal Tied for second on the team with 49 takeaways and ranked sixth on the team with a plus-16 rating Picked up a pair of assists and registered four blocked shots on Apr. 8 at Boston ... Tied a season-high, five shots on goal, registered six blocked shots and posted a plus-one rating on Apr. 4 vs. Philadelphia ... Appeared in his 500th career game on Mar. 12 vs. Atlanta Recorded the game-winning goal on Feb. 10 vs. Toronto Recorded his 150th career assist on Petr Sykora's third period goal on Feb. 1 vs. Pittsburgh Tallied his 200th career NHL point with an assist on Jan. 28 vs. Pittsburgh Notched his 50th career goal, a game-winning power play tally, and added an assist on Dec. 22 vs. Tampa Bay, earning Third Star honors for his performance Registered two assists, including an assist on Jaromir Jagr's game-winning goal, on Nov. 12 at Pittsburgh and earned Third Star honors for his performance Appeared in four playoff games with the Rangers, registering two penalty minutes Tied for second among team defensemen with seven shots on goal in the playoffs.

2004-2005: Did not play.

2003-2004: Appeared in 67 games, registering 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points, along with 47 penalty minutes ... Ranked second among team defensemen with 24 points ... Ranked first on the team and established a new career-high with five game-winning goals ... Established new career-highs for assists and points in one game, registering four assists on Feb. 19 vs. the Islanders ... Skated in his 400th NHL match on Dec. 7 vs. Tampa Bay ... Appeared in his 100th game as a Ranger on Nov. 1 at Montreal ... Tallied the game-winning goals in overtime on consecutive nights on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30, becoming just the third player in NHL history to record an overtime goal in consecutive matches (Maxim Afinogenov, Greg de Vries) ... Missed 15 games due to injury (11 - back, 2 - flu, 1 - thumb, 1 - hip flexor).

2002-2003: Appeared in 80 games with the Rangers, establishing career highs with 37 assists and 48 points ... Ranked second on the club among defensemen with 11 goals ... Led all Blueshirt players with 37 assists ... Placed third on the team and tied for seventh among NHL blueliners with 48 points ... Led the club with 18 power play assists.

2001-2002: Skated in 11 matches with New York following the trade, recording one goal and seven assists for eight points ... Collected at least one point in seven of 11 games with New York ... Posted a three-game assist/point scoring streak in his first three matches with the Rangers, recording four points (one goal, three assists) over the span ... Tallied the game-winning goal on the power play while making his Rangers debut on Mar. 21 at Ottawa ... Skated in 55 matches with Edmonton, registering one goal and 16 assists for 17 points, along with 42 penalty minutes Ranked third on the team in scoring among defensemen at the time of the trade with 17 points and ranked second with 16 assists Recorded his 100th NHL point on Dec. 16 at Philadelphia.

2000-01: Appeared in a career-high 81 matches, registering a career-high 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points, along with 60 penalty minutes ... Ranked ninth on the team and second among defensemen with 32 points ... Ranked third on the team in average time on ice (22:44) ... Posted a career-high six-game point scoring streak from Dec. 2 to Dec. 14, collecting two goals and four assists for six points over the span ... Posted a career-high with nine shots on goal on Oct. 13 vs. Buffalo.

1999-00: Registered a career-high 35 points, tallying nine goals and 26 assists in 76 matches ...Ranked seventh on the team and second among defensemen with 35 points ... Ranked third on the team with 26 assists ... Ranked third on the team and 26th in the NHL in average time on ice (25:17) ... Ranked second on the team with 119 blocked shots ... Posted a career-high four-game assist streak from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31, collecting five assists over the span ... Skated in his 100th NHL match on Apr. 1 vs. Phoenix.

1998-99: Registered five goals and 16 assists for 21 points, along with 42 penalty minutes in 73 matches during his rookie campaign ... Selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team, becoming just the third Edmonton player to ever receive the honor (Geoff Smith - 1989-90; Boris Mironov - 1993-94) ... His 21 points ranked as fifth highest total for a rookie Edmonton defenseman ... Ranked first on the team with a plus-10 rating ... Ranked fifth among all NHL rookies and ranked second among rookie defensemen with 21 points ... Ranked first among all NHL rookies with 82 blocked shots ... Ranked third on the team with three game-winning goals ... Tallied his first NHL goal/point on Nov. 18 vs. Detroit (Chris Osgood) ... Made his NHL debut on Oct. 10 vs. Los Angeles.

Skated in 76 matches with Boston University of Hockey East, registering 17 goals and 46 assists for 63 points, along with 114 penalty minutes. 1996-97: Appeared in 38 matches, registering four goals and 21 assists for 25 points, along with 60 penalty minutes Named to the 1997 NCAA All-Tournament Team, helping to lead BU to the NCAA Championship. 1997-98: Registered four goals and 17 assists for 21 points in 38 matches Named Hockey East Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 1, recording two goals and three assists for five points in two matches Selected to the NCAA East First All-American Team and named a Hockey East First Team All-Star Named Beanpot Tournament's most valuable player, becoming the first BU defenseman to win the award since 1980 (Jack O'Callahan) Captured the New England Hockey Writer's Award for New England's Best Defenseman.

Represented the United States at the 1996 and 1997 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championships ... Made the first Olympic appearance of his career for Team USA at the XIX Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, registering one assist in six matches, while helping the United States capture the silver medal.

Majored in history at Boston University. Inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

First NHL Game: 10/10/98
First NHL Goal: 11/18/98 (Osgood)
First NHL Assist: 11/29/98

Most Goals: 2, 11/29/02 at Dallas
Most Assists: 4, 2/19/04 vs. NY Islanders
Most Points: 4, 2/19/04 vs. NY Islanders
Most PIM: 6 (three times), Last: 3/25/06 at Tampa Bay

500th NHL Game: 3/12/06 vs. Atlanta
200th NHL Point: 1/28/06 vs. Pittsburgh




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