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1984 NHL DRAFT PICK
Paul Ysebaert
Selected in fourth round
No. 74 overall by New Jersey Devils

Born May 15, 1966
Position: Center
Height: 6-1   Weight: 170
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Petrolia (Ontario Jr. B)                     
Birthplace: Sarnia, Ontario (Canada)
Hometown: Corunna, Ontario
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1981-82 SarniaJr. C ---- ---- --
1982-83 PetroliaJr. B 4023 3053 24
  NewmarketOPJHL 20 00 19
1983-84 PetroliaJr. B 3335 4277 20

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Western Ontario Jr. B All-Star First Team:
1982-83, 1983-84 (Pet.)
Miscellaneous: Was Sudbury's first of two sixth-round picks, No. 77 overall, in 1983 OHL priority selection. ... Played on line with twins Karl Burns and Kelly Burns for Sarnia (Jr. C) in 1981-82. ... Attended Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School, where he also played varsity basketball, golf and baseball.
NHL CAREER
Debut: November 23, 1988 (New Jersey at Calgary)
Numbers:  22, 19, 14 (New Jersey); 21 (Detroit); 22 (Winnipeg);
14 (Chicago); 15 (Tampa Bay)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired 2000
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1988-1999 N.J., Detroit, Winnipeg,
Chicago, Tampa Bay
532 149187 336217
CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1991-1996 Detroit, Chicago, T.B. 30 43 720

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
Alka-Seltzer Plus Award (NHL +/- Leader):
1991-92 (Detroit) (+44)
Tampa Bay Captain: Oct. 4, 1995, until Oct. 26, 1997
Tampa Bay Points Leader: 1997-98 (40)
Tampa Bay Assists Leader: 1997-98 (27)
Miscellaneous: Played on line with John McLean and Patrik Sundstrom for New Jersey in 1988-89. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with contusion of left thigh, an injury suffered during New Jersey's March 11, 1989, game at N.Y. Islanders. He did not return to action until New Jersey's March  20, 1989, game vs. Vancouver. ... Wore No. 25 in New Jersey's 1990 training camp. ... Shifted from natural position of center to right wing after joining Detroit during 1990-91 season. He would play both right wing and left wing for remainder of his NHL career. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with hand injury, suffered during Detroit's Dec. 31, 1990, game vs. Chicago. He did not return until Detroit's Jan. 5, 1991, game at Calgary. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with re-aggravation of hand injury, suffered during Detroit's March 19, 1991, game at Calgary. He did not return until Detroit's March 28, 1991, game at Pittsburgh. ... Missed remainder of 1991 playoffs with chest injury, suffered during Game 2 of Detroit's first-round series at St. Louis on April 6, 1991. ... Missed part of 1991-92 season with knee injury, suffered in Detroit's Nov. 30, 1991, game at St. Louis. ... Tied for Detroit lead with seven first-goals in 1991-92. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with the flu, an illness contracted in December 1992. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with the flu, an illness contracted in March 1993. ... Missed part of 1995 season with groin injury, suffered during Tampa Bay's March 24, 1995, game vs. Boston. He did not return to action until Tampa Bay's March 31, 1995, game vs. Hartford. ... Named first captain in Tampa Bay Lightning history when he was given "C" prior to start of 1995-96 season. The Lighting had played without a captain in each of its first three seasons. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with strained groin, suffered during Tampa Bay's Dec. 14, 1995, game at Philadelphia. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with torn muscle in groin, an injury suffered during first period of Tampa Bay's Jan. 6, 1996, game at Vancouver. He did not return until Tampa Bay's March 7, 1996, game vs. N.Y. Rangers. He had an assist in that game. ... Missed start of 1996-97 season with strained groin, an injury that carried over from the 1995-96 season and limited his ability to participate in Tampa Bay's 1996 training camp. He did not make his 1996-97 NHL regular-season debut until Tampa Bay's Dec. 28, 1996, game vs. Montreal. He had an assist in that game. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with re-aggravation of groin injury, suffered during Tampa Bay's Feb. 15, 1997, game vs. Washington. He did not return until Tampa Bay's March 8, 1997, game vs. Boston. He had a goal and an assist in that game. ... Was only Tampa Bay player to play all 82 games for Lightning in 1997-98.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: Bowling Green (CCHA); Team Canada; Utica (AHL); Cleveland (IHL); Rapperswil-Jona (Switzerland)
NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
AHL Cunningham Award (MVP):
1989-90 (Utica)
AHL Sollenberger Trophy (Points Leader): 1989-90 (Utica) (105)
CCHA Rookie of Year: 1984-85 (Bowling Green)
AHL All-Star First Team: 1989-90 (Utica)
CCHA Tournament All-Star First Team: 1987 (Bowling Green)
CCHA All-Star Second Team: 1985-86, 1986-87 (Bowling Green)
Syracuse Invitational All-Star First Team: 1986 (Bowling Green)
Bowling Green Cooper Trophy (Points Leader): 1986-87 (85)
Bowling Green Records: Most assists in one season (58 in 1986-87, shares record)
Utica (AHL) Records: Most career points (264), most career goals (119), most career assists (145)
Education: Majored in marketing and promotions at Bowling Green.
Miscellaneous: Wore No. 11 at Bowling Green. ... Named CCHA Player of Week twice during 1984-85 season. ... Played on Canadian national baseball team during the summer of 1985. ... Named CCHA Player of Week twice during 1986-87 season. ... Left Bowling Green after his junior year to pursue pro hockey career. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with pulled stomach and groin muscles, an injury suffered in December 1988. ... Finished second in AHL with 53 goals for Utica in 1989-90. ... Owned 10 standard-bred racehorses during his NHL career in a partnership with trainer Bob McIntosh. ... Stayed active in the standard-bred harness racing business after retirement, expanding his stable in Windsor, Ontario, to 25 horses. ... Also played on Detroit Red Wings Alumni charity team after his retirement.
Personal: Full name is Paul Robert Ysebaert.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
TRADE: New Jersey traded Ysebaert to Detroit in exchange for Lee Norwood and future considerations (1992 fourth-round pick -- Scott McCabe) on November 27, 1990.

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SNAPSHOT '84
Total Selected: 250
Forwards: 142
Defense: 88
Goaltenders: 20
Major Junior: 110
Tier II/Jr. B: 16/9
College Players: 23
High School: 47
Midget: 4
U.S. Junior B: 1
Canadian: 145
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 62
U.S.-Born: 63
European: 41
Reached NHL: 102
Stanley Cup: 20
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 18
Year-end All-Star: 7
Olympians: 31
 
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