Billy Taylor

Career

  • NHL: 1939-43, 1945-8; 7 seasons, 6 quality[1. By modern standards of PPG]
  • 87G, 180A for 267P in 323 games; 23.0
  • At his banning, Taylor was 6th All Time in APG and 12th in PPG[2. Minimum 300 games, 147 qualifying players]
  • Era: Taylor is 16th in Goals, 15th in GPG, 8th in Assists, 6th in APG, 11th in Points, 10th in PPG, 14th in OPS, 20th in PS and Games[3. Of the 30 players to play in at least 300 games between 1939 and 1948]
  • 82-game average: 22G, 46A for 68P
  • 3-year peak (1942-47): 50-game average of 19G, 33A for 52P
  • Playoffs: 6G, 18A for 24P in 33 games
  • Adjusted: 106G, 263A for 369P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 27G, 67A for 94P
  • Traded multiple times before he was banned from the NHL for gambling.

Accomplishments

  • Scored 20 goals once
  • Tallied 40 assists twice[4. 1 of only 11 players to do so at his banning]
  • Scored 60 points twice[5. 1 of only 22 players to do so at his banning]
  • Top 10 in Goals once
  • Top 10 in GPG once
  • Led the league in Assists once, Top 5 thrice, Top 10 four times
  • Led the league in APG once, Top 5 twice, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in Points twice, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in PPG once, Top 10 twice.

Great Teams

  • Top 3 Forward[6. By points] on one Champion (’42 Maple Leafs) and one Final Four (’47 Red Wings), Top 6 Forward[7. By points] on two Final Fours (’41, ’43 Maple Leafs), Reserve[8. Or maybe injured – by games played] on one Runner Up (’40 Maple Leafs)
  • Best Player?[9. By points[ on one Memorial Cup Champion (’38 Generals)

 

What the hell do we do with Billy Taylor? He didn’t play enough, compared to the other players of his era, but he missed time first for World War II and then for getting banned from the NHL for gambling on the games. On the other hand, he was an elite playmaker while he was in the league, ranking in the Top 10 in APG for pretty much half his career. Who knows what would have happened with his career had he not been banned for gambling.

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