Tyler Arnason – A Look Back

Dallas Stars v Colorado AvalancheRemember Tyler Arnason? Of course you do. As forgettable a hockey player as he was here in Colorado, that’s exactly what made him so unforgettable. He was a slow, ineffective, and seemingly indifferent player that put up modest numbers at best. He was the butt of many jokes and stood out as the worst player of the worst team in the West. Oh, and don’t forget that hilariously doofy team photo that really sums up his attitude about hockey.

Naturally, the Avs didn’t bring him back this year and the New York Rangers picked him up on a two-way deal. He was promptly sent down to the Hartford Wolfpack, something that (surprisingly) hadn’t happened since his rookie season. How does the most boring player I have ever known respond to this? He does something so unboring that the entire hockey community is actually talking about Tyler Arnason once again.

After signing a contract with KHL team Dinamo Riga, the Rangers and the Wolfpack have suspended Arnason and put him on waivers. This bold move by Arnason is probably the boldest of his career, so let’s take a look at the tepid tenure of Tyler Arnason. Thanks for the memory or two.

  • Drafted 183rd overall by the Blackhawks in 1998 while attending St. Cloud State
  • Made his debut in the 01-02 season, playing 20 games and scoring 3 goals
  • Arnason scored a whopping 57 goals with the Chicago Blackhawks through 4 seasons, and 0 with the Senators through 1.
  • Arnason’s era with Colorado starts in 06-07. He scores just 31 goals before leaving in 08-09.
  • 08-09 goal total – 5
  • Arnason made the playoffs twice, once his rookie year, and again in 07-08. His goal total was an unimpressive 2.
  • 140 career penalty minutes
  • 1 NHL Young Stars Game appearance, 0 NHL All Star Game appearances

The stats don’t lie folks; with Tyler Arnason across the pond, the NHL just got exponentially more talented. Please feel free to share your favorite memory of Mr. Mediocrity in the comments.

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  • http://twitter.com/RealDenverSport Real Denver Sports

    I believe someone in the Chicago media once refered to his body as pear-shaped. Cracked me up!

    • bchnsnwgirl

      Pear shaped is not necessarily a bad thing…cue Rob Blake and the infamous hip check.

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  • Ozolinsh

    Mhm, yeah…Hy sorry for my english, but i waned to ask is Arnason realy that bad as you all say, because Im from Riga and i'm Dynamo fan…and there are already talks about that, that Arnason has some problems with attitude and alkohol, and thats only one weekrrived in Riga!!!

    • http://www.hockeyism.com voteforgrant

      I can't speak to the alcohol problems, but Arnason definitely has an attitude issue. In Colorado, he played with a lazy, indifferent style that did nothing but infuriate fans. It's a wonder he didn't get sent down to the AHL much sooner in his career. Dynamo really should have ignored the fact that he was an NHL player and taken a much more detailed look into Tyler Arnason the person.

  • Ozolinsh

    Mhm, yeah…Hy sorry for my english, but i waned to ask is Arnason realy that bad as you all say, because Im from Riga and i'm Dynamo fan…and there are already talks about that, that Arnason has some problems with attitude and alkohol, and thats only one week after he arrived in Riga!!!

  • http://www.hockeyism.com voteforgrant

    I can't speak to the alcohol problems, but Arnason definitely has an attitude issue. In Colorado, he played with a lazy, indifferent style that did nothing but infuriate fans. It's a wonder he didn't get sent down to the AHL much sooner in his career. Dynamo really should have ignored the fact that he was an NHL player and taken a much more detailed look into Tyler Arnason the person.