Alf Skinner

Career

  • NHL: 1917-19, 1924-26; 4 seasons, 2 quality[1. By modern standards of PPG]
  • 26G, 10A for 36P in 71 games; 1.5 PS
  • Skinner never played 3 straight seasons in the NHL
  • NHL: Playoffs: 1A for 1P in 2 games
  • Adjusted: 39G, 54A for 93A
  • Traded within the NHL once near the end of his career, traded out of the NHL in his prime.

Accomplishments

  • Top 10 in Goals twice
  • Top 10 in GPG once
  • Top 10 in Assists once
  • Top 10 in Points once
  • Top 10 in PPG once.

Great Teams

  • Best Player[2. by points] on one NHL Stanley Cup Champion (’18 Arenas)
  • Top 3? Forward[3. By points] on top PCHA Stanley Cup Runners Up (’21, ’23 Millionaires), Role Player?[4. By points] on two one PCHA Stanley Cup Runners Up (’22, ’24 Millionaires)

 

We shouldn’t fault players for not making the right choice of leagues in the teens and twenties, nor should we fault them for getting traded out of the NHL when they were right in the middle of their prime. The reason I am suspect of Skinner’s case is, though he was a member of the best non-NHL team of the era, he was not a dominant regular season player in the PCHA. Had he been, I would be all-in on putting him in the Hall.

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