Art Chapman

Career

  • NHL: 1930-40; 10 seasons, 5 quality[1. By modern standards of PPG]
  • 62G, 176A (10th All Time at his retirement) for 238A for 438 games; 21.4 PS
  • At his retirement, Chapman was 3rd All Time in APG[2. Minium 300 games]
  • Era: Chapman is 18th in Goals, GPG and PS, 2nd in Assists, 1st in APG, 14th in Points and PPG, 16th in OPS, and 13th in Games[3. Of the 20 players to play in at least 400 games between 1930 and 1940]
  • 82-game average: 11G, 33A for 44P
  • 3-year peak (1934-37): 48-game average of 9G, 29A for 39P
  • Playoffs: 1G, 5A for 6P in 26 games
  • Adjusted: 106G, 389A for 495P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 20G, 73A for 93P
  • Traded once in his prime, left unprotected at the beginning of his career.

Accomplishments

  • Led the league in Assists twice, Top 5 four times
  • Led the league in APG twice, Top 5 four times
  • Top 5 in Points once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 10 in PPG twice
  • 2nd Team All Star once.

Great Teams

  • Top 6 Forward[4. By points] on two Final Fours (’31 Bruins, ’36 Americans), Top 9 Forward[5. By points] on two Final Fours (’33 Bruins, ’38 Americans).

 

I strongly agree that Chapman doesn’t belong. He never scored goals and it’s worth noting that he was playing with Hall of Famers when he led the league in assists (Nels Stewart, Sweeney Schriner, Lorne Carr). His gaudy assist numbers relative to his era also came at a time when the NHL started awarding more assists. Somebody had to tally those new assists. I think Chapman was a bit of a passenger compared to the stars he played with.

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