Almost Famous: Calgary’s Nigel Dawes Is Finally Emerging as a Bonafied NHLer

November 9th, 2009 by Daniel Sallows Leave a reply »
The New York Rangers 2003 draft pick Nigel Dawes was truly great in junior while playing for the WHLs Kootenay Ice, scoring 159 goals, and 272 points in 245 games.

He then landed in Hartford playing for the AHLs Wolf Pack, and continued to light the lamp scoring 35 goals, and 32 assists in 77 games as a rookie.

It seemed as though Nigel Dawes's star was prime to shine brighter than the neon lights on Broadway.

But after a little under two season's in the Big Apple, and 24 goals, his star flickered enough to waive him to Phoenix; where he would record just two assists in 12 games.

At times comparing the junior Dawes to that of the one in the NHL has been like listening to Nirvana's follow up to Nevermind, In Utero; it was good not great, and certainly didn't live up to expectations.

It looked like Nigel Dawes was destined to be yet another great junior player thats talents never really bubbled to the surface in the NHL.

Then the Calgary Flames would enter the picture, with little cap room, trying to fill a void left by the departed Mike Cammalleri.

In his time in New York, Dawes had been giv ...

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