Bobby Bauer

Career

  • NHL: 1936-1942, 1945-47;[1. Plus a 1 game comeback in 1951-2] 8 seasons, 7 quality
  • 123G, 137A for 260P in 327 games; 32 PS
  • If the qualifier is set at 300 games played, Bauer was 18th in GPG, 11th in APG and 13th in PPG[2. At his initial retirement in 1947]
  • Era: Bauer is 18th in Goals, 11th in GPG and APG, 21st in Points and PS, 13th in PPG, 14th in OPS, and 40th in Games[3. Of the 48 players to have played in at least 300 games between 1936 and 1947]
  • 82-game average: 31G, 34A for 66P
  • 3-year peak (1939-42): 48-game average of 17G, 26A for 44P
  • Playoffs: 11G, 8A for 19P in 48 games
  • Adjusted: 174G, 227A for 401P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 44G, 57A for 101P
  • Never traded.

Accomplishments

  • Lady Byng (’40, ’41, ’47)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player[4. By Offensive Point Shares] twice (’40, ’47), Top 10 four times (’38, ’39)
  • Scored 30 goals once, 20 goals twice
  • Scored 50 points once
  • Top 5 in Goals once, Top 10 four times
  • Top 5 in GPG once, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in Assists once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 5 in APG once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 5 in Points once, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in PPG once, Top 10 thrice
  • 2nd Team All Star four times
  • 1 All Star Game.

Great Teams

  • Top 3 Forward[5. By points] on one Runner Up (’46 Bruins), Top 6 Forward[6. By points] on two Champions (’39, ’41 Bruins) and three Final Fours (’37, ’40, ’47 Bruins)
  • Best Player?[7. By points] on one Memorial Cup Champion (’34 Majors)
  • Best Player?[8. By points] on one Allan Cup Champion (’42 Senators/Flyers).

 

I guess pickens were slim in 1966. Bauer was undoubtedly famous, as a member of Boston’s Kraut line. But he was only briefly a top offensive player in the NHL and his per game numbers don’t suggest that it was just injuries that kept him from achieving better numbers.[9. He did play four full seasons in a row] I can’t see how he belongs.

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