Jason Arnott was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1st round (7th overall) on June 26 1993, following an impressive time with the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. In 1993-94, as a rookie, Arnott scored 68 points and was the runner-up to future teammate Martin Brodeur for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Throughout the remainder of his career to date, Arnott would only pass his rookie total once.
In January of 1998, Arnott was traded to the New Jersey Devils along with Bryan Muir for Valeri Zelepukin and Bill Guerin. He played well in New Jersey and led the team to the 2000 Stanley Cup championship, scoring the Cup-winning goal in double overtime of game six against the Dallas Stars.
In March of 2002, he was traded to the Dallas Stars with Randy McKay for Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner. In 2005-06 Arnott had a career high 76 points for Dallas and scoring 32 goals, the most since his rookie season in which he had 33. He also set a career high of 44 assists. In the offseason, he signed a five year contract for $22.5 million with the Nashville Predators.
Arnott is a tough physical player that is hard to handle. He has good hands and is capable of performing at both ends of the ice.