Milt Schmidt

Career

  • NHL: 1936-42, 1945-55; 16 seasons, 14 quality
  • 229G (14th All Time at his retirement), 346A (3rd) for 575P (4th) in 776 games (2nd), 63.3 PS (22nd)
  • At his retirement, Schmidt was 12th All Time in APG and 19th in PPG[1. Minimum 500 games, 79 qualifying players]
  • Era: Schmidt is 3rd in Goals, GPG, PPG and PS, 1st in Assists, APG and Games, 2nd in Points and OPS[2. Of the 6 players to play it at least 700 games between 1936 and 1955, as only 2 players played in 750 games]
  • At his retirement, Schmidt was 13th All time in OPS
  • 82-game average: 25G, 37A for 61P
  • 3-year peak (1939-42): 48-game average of 18G, 28A for 46P
  • Playoffs: 24G, 25A for 49P in 86 games
  • Adjusted: 305G, 540A for 845P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 32G, 57A for 89P
  • If the qualifier is set to 750 games, Schmidt is 18th All Time in Adjusted PPG
  • Never traded.

Accomplishments

  • Hart (’51)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting a further four times (’40, ’47, ’50, ’52)
  • Top 5 Player[3. By Point Shares] once (’40), Top 10 twice (’47)
  • Best Offensive Player[4. By Offensive Point Shares] once (’40), Top 5 thrice (’47, ’51)
  • Scored 25 goals once, 20 goals four times
  • Scored 60 points twice,[5. 1 of only 12 players to do so at his retirement] 50 points four times[6. 1 of only 13 players at his retirement]
  • Top 5 in Goals once, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in GPG once, Top 10 four times
  • Led the league in Assists once, Top 5 four times
  • Led the league in APG once, Top 5 four times
  • Led the league in Points once, Top 5 thrice, Top 10 five times
  • Top 5 in PPG thrice, Top 10 five times
  • 1st Team All Star thrice, 2nd Team once
  • 4 All Star Games.

Great Teams

  • Best Player[7. By points] on one Runner Up (’46 Bruins) and two Final Fours (’47, ’48 Bruins), Best Skater[8. Led league in points] on one Champion (’41 Bruins), Top 6 Forward[9. By points] on one Champion (’39 Bruins), one Runner Up (’53 Bruins) and three Final Fours (’49, ’52, ’54 Bruins), Top 9 Forward[10. By points] on one Final Four (’51 Bruins), Role Player[11. by points] on two Final Fours (’38, ’40 Bruins)
  • Best Player[12. By points] on one Allan Cup Champion (’42 RCAF Flyers)

 

Schmidt didn’t deserve his Hart the one year he won it, but might have deserved it another year. And he wasn’t as offensively dominant as long as some of the greats of his era. And, despite some strong playoffs, he also had many weak playoffs. But I can’t shake the feeling he belongs.

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