Sheldon Souray: An Important Asset to Both the Canadiens and Oilers.

Daniel ArouchianSenior Analyst IDecember 28, 2008

Born on July 13, 1976 in Elk Point Alberta, Sheldon Souray is one of the few Metis players in the NHL and also has one of the hardest shots in the NHL.

His NHL career started when he was drafted in 1994 by the New Jersey Devils in the third round, 71st overall. He played for them from 1997 to 1999 before being traded to the Montreal Canadiens on March 1st 2000 in return for Vladimir Malakhov.

A serious wrist injury kept him out of the 2002-03 season, but upon his return with the Canadiens, he had one of his best seasons with largest goal total of his career. He went on to the 2004 All-Star Game and recorded the Hardest Slap Shot in the 2004 skills competition with 102.2 MPH.

On April 5th, 2007, Souray broke the NHL single-season record for most power play goals scored by a defenseman, notching 19 in total. An overall total of 26 goals, 38 assists for a total of 64 points for the season. This put him second amongst leading Habs players in goals and points.

He was also voted on the starting lineup in the 2007 All-Star Game and finished second with the hardest slap shot at 2007 NHL All-Star game with 100.4 MPH.

His contract ended at the end of the season and after the July 1st deadline, he signed with the Edmonton Oilers on July 12, 2007 for a five-year deal worth $27 million.