Team Recap: 44th-Seeded ’74-’75 Kansas City Scouts

The #44 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '74-'75 Kansas City Scouts!

The #44 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’74-’75 Kansas City Scouts.

  • Mike Baumgartner (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Robin Burns (LW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -4   15 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Guy Charron (C)
    • 4 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -4   9 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gary Coalter (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bart Crashley (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -4   4 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gary Croteau (LW)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Butch Deadmarsh (LW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -4   4 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Norm Dube (LW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -7   4 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ed Gilbert (C)
    • 4 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -4   18 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Larry Giroux (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -6   5 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Denis Herron (G)
    • 4 GP   0-2-0   2.50 GAA   .930 SV%   0 SO   3 Stars
  • Claude Houde (D)
    • 2 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dave Hudson (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -6   6 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brent Hughes (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Larry Johnston (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -3   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jean-Guy Lagace (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -7   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bryan Lefley (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Rich Lemieux (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   4 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Peter McDuffe (G)
    • 1 GP   0-0-0   1.00 GAA   .971 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Jim McElmury (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Simon Nolet (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -4   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Wilf Paiement (RW)
    • 4 Gp   2 G   1 A   3 P   -8   21 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Michel Plasse (G)
    • 2 GP   0-2-0   5.00 GAA   .841 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 0-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 5
  • Goals/Game: 1.25
  • Goals Allowed: 21
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 5.25
  • Shots: 108
  • Shots Allowed: 241
  • Shots/Game: 27.0
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 60.3
  • # of PP’s: 6
  • PPG’s: 0
  • PP%: 0.0%
  • TSH: 5
  • PPGA: 1
  • PK%: 80.0%
  • Penalties in minutes: 12

The Kansas City Scouts only existed for two season and they were both dreadful. They moved to Colorado and became the Rockies. They had next to no chance at pulling off an upset in their first round matchup.

1st Round:

Swept by 21st-seeded ’99-’00 St. Louis Blues, 4-0

The Scouts finished with a record of 15-54-11 under Bep Guidolin in the ’74-’75 season, their inaugural season, which was good for 41 points and 5th in the Smythe Division. They finished 17th out of 18 teams in goals for with 184 (2.30/game) and 15th in goals against with 328 (4.10/game). Hockey Reference ranked the Scouts’ strength of schedule as the third toughest in the league, and their SRS rating system had the Scouts ranked 17th overall in the league. Shockingly, the ’74-’75 Scouts missed the playoffs. Here’s an interesting fact: The ’74-’75 Scouts finished with 41 points and they were 41 points behind the team that took the last playoff spot.

On a team that scores only 2.30 goals per game, offensive stars are not very common. The Scouts did not have much to offer offensively. However, they did have a 19-year-old Wilf Paiement who was an All-Star later in his career. They also had All-Star-caliber player in Simon Nolet, who led the team in points with 58 in 72 games played. Guy Charron and Dave Hudson were second and third with 42 and 41 points, respectively. However Charron posted those 42 points in only 51 games. Nolet and Paiement were tied for the team’s lead in goals with both potting 26 goals. Robin Burns was second with 18 goals and Ed Gilbert was third with 16 goals. Hudson and Nolet were tied with 32 assists to lead the team, but Charron was right behind them with 29. Gilbert was third with 22 assists. The Scouts only had two players finish above even in plus/minus and they played a combined 12 games, Henry Lehvonen (4 GP) and Ken Murray (8 GP). The Scouts had a trio of goalies appear in at least 20 games played in Peter McDuffe, Denis Herron and Michel Plasse. Herron posted the best goals against average on the team at 3.75 in his 22 appearances, which was fewest of the three goalies.

Up next is the #45 seed, the ’76-’77 Cleveland Barons!

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