Gordie Drillon

Career

  • NHL: 1936-43; 7 seasons, all quality
  • 155G (22nd All Time when he went to war), 139A for 294P in 311 Games; 37.4 PS
  • At the time he joined the RCAF, Drillon was 2nd All Time in GPG, 6th in APG and 2nd in PPG[1. Minium 300 games]
  • Era: Drillon is 1st in Goals and GPG, 8th in Assists, 5th in APG, 4th in Points, 2nd in PPG, 3rd in OPS, 6th in PS and 25th in Games[2. Of the 29 players to play in at least 300 games between 1936 and 1943]
  • 82-game average: 41G, 37A for 81P
  • 3-year peak (1940-43): 48-game average of 26G, 21A for 47P
  • Playoffs: 26G,[3. Drillon held the career lead in playoffs goals from 1940, when he tied the record, to 1947][4.┬áDrillon held the career record for playoff GPG from 1941 to 1946] 15A for 41P[5. Drillon briefly held the record for career playoff points in 1943] in 50 games
  • Adjusted: 228G, 237A for 465P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 60G, 62A for 123P
  • If the qualifier is set to 300 games, Drillon is 19th All Time in Adjusted PPG
  • Traded once in his prime.

Accomplishments

  • Lady Byng (’38)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting once (’38)
  • Top 5 in Calder voting (’37)
  • Top 5 Player[6. By Point Shares] once (’38), Top 10 twice (’41)
  • Best Offensive Player[7. By Offensive Point Shares] once (’38), Top 5 thrice (’40, ’41), Top 10 six times (’37, ’39,
  • Scored 25 goals twice, 20 goals five times
  • Scored 50 points twice[8. 1 of only 7 players to do so when he went to war]
  • Led the league in Goals once, Top 5 four times, Top 10 six times
  • Led the league in GPG once, Top 5 four times, Top 10 every season he was in the league
  • Top 5 in Assists once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 5 in APG once, Top 10 thrice
  • Led the league in Points once, Top 5 thrice, Top 10 four times
  • Led the league in PPG once, Top 5 thrice, Top 10 five times
  • 1st Team All Star twice, 2nd Team once.

Great Teams

  • Best Skater[9. Led the playoffs in goals and points] on one Runner Up (’38 Maple Leafs), Best Skater[10. Led the playoffs in goals] on one Runner Up (’39 Maple Leafs), Top 3 Forward[11. By points] on one Runner Up (’40 Maple Leafs) and two Final Fours (’41 Maple Leafs, ’43 Canadiens), Top 6 Forward[12. Possibly injured but otherwise Top 6 by points] on one Stanley Cup Champion (’42 Maple Leafs)

 

Drillon was the elite goal scorer for his brief time in the league. When he returned from WWII, he opted not to play again. I don’t think we should punish him for that.

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