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Speedy Marchant a survivor

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

Looking back, it seems hard to believe Todd Marchant is set to join the 1,000-game club.

The Anaheim Ducks forward came into the league as an undersized player with lightning speed and not-so-quick hands.

Originally drafted in 1993 by the New York Rangers, Marchant was traded early in his career to the Edmonton Oilers for current head coach Craig MacTavish.

The native of Buffalo, N.Y., went on to play nine years with the Oilers, before moving on to the Columbus Blue Jackets and then the Ducks.

Last night against the Oilers, he dressed in his 999th regular-season game. He's expected to play the milestone contest Monday in Vancouver.

"You look at that, especially with the player I am, the way that I play and the way the league was years ago," Marchant said.

WORKED OUT WELL

"It was always the big, strong guys and I came to a team in Edmonton that was built on speed and it worked out well for me.

"If I would have stayed with the Rangers, I don't know if I would be sitting here today. That trade was a blessing in disguise."

Marchant never scored more than 20 goals in a season despite being able to create an inordinate amount of opportunities with his speed.

He parlayed a 60-point season with the Oilers in 2003 into a lucrative free-agent contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. After a pair of disappointing years in Columbus, the five-foot-10, 182-pound centre joined the Ducks.

This season he has two goals and six assists in 32 games.

"One of the things Slats (Glen Sather) told me is you have to be good at one thing and just go with it," Marchant said.

"Growing up, I felt I was more of an offensive player than I was at this level. But I found that my niche in this league was to play a defensive style.

"It's been a pretty good ride so far."


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