Joe Thornton

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Joe Thornton’s Career

  • NHL: 1997-present; 22 seasons, 20 quality
  • Totals:
    • 420G,
    • 11089A (7th All Time) for
    • 1509P (14th),
    • +186 in
    • 1636 games (9th);
    • 19:26 ATOI (all but his first season);
    • 161.3 PS;
    • Thornton is 22nd All Time in Offensive Point Shares;
  • Draft: Thornton, drafted 1st overall in 1997 is,
    • 3rd in Goals
    • 1st in Assists (by 463)
    • 1st in Points (by 321)
    • 2nd in Plus/Minus
    • 2nd in Point Shares (1st Skater)
    • 2nd in Games
  • Era: Of the 7 players to play in 1,312 games (16 seasons) between 1997 and 2020, Thornton is
    • 3rd in Goals
    • 4th in GPG
    • 1st in Assists (by 266)
    • 1st in APG (by 0.05)
    • 1st in Points (by 259)
    • 1st in PPG (by 0.07)
    • 2nd in Plus/Minus
    • 2nd in Offensive Point Shares
    • 2nd in Defensive Point Shares (1st Forward)
    • 1st in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 21G, 55A for 75P, +9; 8.1 PS
  • 3-year peak (2005-08): 82-game average of 27G, 86A for 112P, +24; 21:07 ATOI
  • Possession (2007-08):
    • 55.6 CF% (3rd All Time among players to player 820 games)
    • 4.7 CF%Rel (5th)
    • 55.5 FF% (3rd)
    • 3.9 FF%Rel (8th)
  • Playoffs:
    • 31G,
    • 102A (24th All Time)
    • for
    • 133P,
    • -32 in
    • 179 games
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • Totals:
        • 464G,
        • 1188A (5th All Time) for
        • 1652P (7th)
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 23G, 60A for 83P
      • Per Game:
        • 14th All Time in Adjusted APG;
        • If the qualifier is set to 1,230 games (15 seasons), Thornton is
          • 4th All Time in Adjusted APG
          • 15th All Time in Adjusted PPG
    • VsX:
      • 453G
      • 1,243A (5th All Time)
      • 1,522P (11th All Time)
      • Per Game: Thornton is not in the Top but, if the qualifier is set to 820 games (10 seasons), Thornton is
        • 24th All Time in VsX Adjusted APG
        • If the qualifier is set to 1,230 games, Thornton is
          • 11th All Time in VsX Adjusted APG
          • 19th All Time in VsX Adjusted PPG
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 26 for Brad Stuart (26), Marco Sturm (27) and Wyane Primeau (29)

Joe Thornton’s Accomplishments:

  • Hart (’06)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting a further three times
  • Top 5 in Selke voting once
  • Art Ross (’06)
  • Back Check Best Player (’06)
  • Top Player:
    • Top 10 Player (by Point Shares) once (’06)
    • Top 5 Offensive Player (by Offensive Point Shares) twice (’03, ’06),
    • Top 10 three times (’07)
  • Goals:
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in GPG once
    • Single-season totals:
      • 35 goals twice
      • 25 goals five times
      • 20 goals eleven times
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in Assists three times,
      • Top 5 eight times (1 of only 9 players ever)
      • Top 10 twelve times (1 of only 5 players ever – Howe, Gretzky, Oates, Francis
    • APG-leader-boards:
      • Led the league in APG twice,
      • Top 5 nine times (1 of only 8 players ever)
      • Top 10 twelve times (1 of only 5 players ever – Howe, Gretzky, Oates, Francis)
    • Single-season totals:
      • 90 assists twice (1 of only 5 players ever – Gretzky, Lemieux, Oates, Orr)
      • 60 assists eight times (1 of only 10 players ever)
      • 50 assists ten times (1 of only 16 players ever)
      • 40 assists fourteen times (1 of only 17 players ever)
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in Points once,
      • Top 5 five times,
      • Top 10 six times
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Led the league in PPG once,
      • Top 5 three times,
      • Top 10 six times
    • Single season totals:
      • 120 points once,
      • 110 points twice,
      • 100 points three times,
      • 90 points four times,
      • 80 points seven times,
      • 70 points twelve times (1 of only 21 players ever)
      • 60 points fifteen times (1 of only 13 players ever)
      • 50 points seventeen times (1 of only 18 players ever)
  • Top 10 in Plus Minus once
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star once,
    • 2nd Team All Star three times
    • 6 All Star Games
    • Three Stars:
      • Monthly 2nd Star twice
      • Weekly 1st Star thee times,
      • Weekly 2nd Star once
      • Weekly 3rd Star twice.

Joe Thornton’s Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Best Forward on one Final Four (’11 Sharks),
    • Top 3 Forward on one Runner up (’16 Sharks) and one Final Four (’10 Sharks)
    • Top 6 Forward on one Final Four (’19 Sharks)
  • Olympics:
    • Role Player (by points) on one Olympic Champion (’10 Canada)
  • World Cup:
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one World Cup Champion (’04 Canada),
    • Role Player (by points) on one World Cup Champion (’16 Canada)
  • World Championships:
    • Best Player (by points) on one World Championship Runner Up (’05 Canada)
  • WJCs:
    • Best Forward? (by points) on one World Junior Champion (’97 Canada)
  • Spengler Cup:
    • Best Player? (by points) on one Spengler Cup Champion (’05 Davos)

I guess we can criticize Thornton’s potential inclusion because his most dominant period was so short lived, but I don’t know that we can ignore brief dominance plus longevity with consistency.

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