Robert Nels Stewart

Career

  • NHL: 1925-1940; 15 seasons, 13 quality[1. By modern PPG standards]
  • 324G (1st All Time at his retirement), 191A (5th) for 515P (1st) in 650 games (3rd); 96.9 PS (3rd)
  • At his retirement, Stewart was 1st in GPG, 10th in APG and 2nd in PPG[2. Minimum 500 games]
  • Stewart was the NHL career goals leader from the 1936-37 season until 1952
  • Stewart was the NHL career points leader from the 1938-39 season until the 1944-45 season
  • Stewart is 21st in GPG
  • Stewart was the NHL career PPG leader from the 1938-39 season[3. The first time anyone qualifies for the HR leader boards] to the 1945-46 season
  • At his retirement, Stewart was 2nd All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • Era: Stewart is and 1st in Goals, GPG, Points, PPG, OPS, PS and Games, 4th in Assists, and 8th in APG[4. Of the 21 players to play in at least 500 games between 1925 and 1950]
  • 82-game average: 41G, 24A for 65P
  • 3-year peak (1929-32): 44 game average of 30G, 14A for 45P
  • Playoffs: 9G, 12A fo 21P in 50 games
  • Adjusted: 587G (22nd All Time), 583A for 1170P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 74G, 74A for 148P
  • If the qualifier is set to 82-games, Stewart is 22nd All Time in Adjusted PPG[5. If the qualifier is raised to 300 games, Stewart is 9th All Time; if it is raised to 500 games, Stewart 4th is 4th All Time]
  • Traded once in his prime and twice after.

Accomplishments

  • Hart (’26, ’30)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting a further time (’31)
  • Best Player[6. By Point Shares] once (’26), Top 5 four times (’28, ’29, ’30)
  • Best Offensive Player[7. By Offensive Point Shares] once (’26), Top 5 seven times (’28, ’29, ’30, ’31, ’34, ’35), Top 10 eleven times (’32, ’33, ’37, ’38)
  • Scored 35 goals once,[8. ( of only 10 players to do so at his retirement] 30 goals twice,[9. 1 of only 8 players ever at his retirement] 25 goals four times,[10. 1 of only 6 players ever at his retirement] 20 goals nine times[11. NHL record at his retirement]
  • Scored 50 points once
  • Led the league in Goals twice, Top 5 eight times, Top 10 thirteen times
  • Led the league in GPG twice, Top 5 eight times, Top 10 twelve times
  • Top 10 in Assists twice
  • Led the league in Points once, Top 5 four times, Top 10 ten times
  • Led the league in PPG once, Top 5 four times, Top 10 ten times.

Great Teams

  • Best Player[12. By points] on one NHL Stanley Cup Champion (’26 Maroons),[13. The last season the Cup was vied for by multiple leagues] Best Skater[14. By points] on one Stanley Cup Runner Up (’28 Maroons) and one Final Four (’38 Americans), Top 3 Forward[15. By points] on four Final Fours (’30 Maroons, ’33, ’35 Bruins, ’36 Americans), Top 6 Forward[16. By points] on one Final Four (’32 Maroons)

 

It’s between Morenz and Stewart for who was the Greatest Of All Time (at least, in terms of forwards) prior to the Original Six era.

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