Elwin Doc Romnes

Career

  • NHL: 1930-40; 10 seasons, 6 quality[1. By modern standards of PPG]
  • 68G, 136A (24th All Time at his retirement) for 204P in 360 games; 21.6 PS
  • At his retirement, Romnes was 6th All Time in APG and 25th in PPG[2. Minimum 300 games]
  • Era: Romnes is 14th in Assists, 5th in APG, 24th in Points and 17th in PPG[3. Of all the players to play at least 360 games between 1930 and 1940]
  • 82-game average: 16G, 31A for 47P
  • 3-year peak (1935-38): 48-game average of 10G, 24A for 35P
  • Playoffs: 7G, 18A for 25P in 43 games
  • Adjusted: 117G, 301A for 418P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 27G, 69A for 95P
  • Traded thrice at the end of his career, including getting traded out of the NHL.

Accomplishments

  • Top 5 in Assists twice, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in APG twice, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in Points once
  • Top 10 in PPG once.

Great Teams

  • Best Skater[4. By points] on one Champion (’34 Hawks), Top 6 Forward[5. By points] on one Champion (’38 Hawks) and one Runner up (’39 Leafs), Top 9 Forward[6. By points] on one Runner Up (’31 Hawks)

 

It’s hard to know what to do with a player like Romnes. On the one hand he was in the Top 10 All Time in APG when he retired and Top 25 in PPG. On the other hand, he was never a dominant player, he lucked into playing for a great franchise and he excelled at generating assists exactly when assists exploded. My guess is he wouldn’t have made it into the Top 10 or Top 25 in those categories[7. Or into the Top 25 in Assists] had he played earlier, when there were way fewer assists, or later when more people had an opportunity to rack up assists.

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