To Brett Hull, Adam Oates was the teammate a goal scorer typically encounters only in his dreams.
"To be able to play with a guy that loved to set up a goal as much or more than score a goal, how can you ask for anything more than that," Hull told NHL.com of Oates, his soon-to-be fellow honored member in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Oates, who finished his career with 1,079 assists and 1,420 points in 1,337 games, will be enshrined in Toronto on Nov. 12 along with Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin and Pavel Bure.
"He was so smart, so hockey smart, that he saw things in where to go and how to beat guys that I didn't even fathom -- and I thought I knew the game," Hull added. "He saw what everybody was doing, on our team and on their team. It was a treat to play with him."
Hull and Oates -- as the duo was dubbed in connection to the band Hall & Oates -- gave hockey fans in St. Louis a rare treat for more than two and a half seasons, from 1989-92.
For the short time Oates was with the Blues -- from the start of the 1989-90 season to Feb. 7, 1992, when he was traded to the Boston Bruins -- Hull scored 212 goals and Oates had 228 assists. Do the math for a per-game average and you'll find that Hull scored exactly one goal for every game he played while Oates averaged 1.17 assists over 195 games.