Joe Thornton

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Career

  • NHL: 1997-present; 19 seasons, 18 quality
  • 382G, 1000A (13th All Time) for 1382P (23rd), +206 in 1432 games; 19:54 ATOI;[1. Since 1998-99] 150.6 PS
  • Era: Thornton is 4th in Goals and GPG, 1st in Assists,[2. Thornton is ahead by 357 assists] APG,[3. Thornton is ahead by .26 APG per game] Points[3. Thornton is ahead by 141 points] and PPG,[4. Thornton is ahead by .12 PPG] 2nd in OPS and PS, and 3rd in Games[5. Of the 5 players to play in at least 1350 games between 1997 and the present, as only 3 players have played in at least 1400 games]
  • 82-game average: 22G, 57A for 80P, +12; 8.6 PS
  • 3-year peak (2005-08): 82-game average of 27G, 86A for 112P, +24; 21:07 ATOI
  • Possession[6. Since 2007-08]: 55.8 CF%, 5 CF%Rel, 55.8 FF%, 4 FF%Rel
  • Playoffs: 27G, 94A for 121P, -25 in 156 games
  • Adjusted: 426G, 1105A for 1531P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 24G, 63A for 88P
  • If the qualifier is set to 750 games, Thornton is 20th All Time in Adjusted PPG[7. If the qualifier is raised to 1,000 games he is 12th]
  • Traded once in his prime.

Accomplishments

  • Hart (’06), Art Ross (’06)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting a further three times, Top 5 in Selke voting once
  • Top 10 Player[8. By Point Shares] once (’06)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player[9. By Offensive Point Shares] twice (’03, ’06), Top 10 thrice (’07)
  • Scored 35 goals twice, 25 goals five times, 20 goals eleven times
  • Tallied 90 assists twice,[10. 1 of only 5 players ever] 60 assists eight times,[11. of only 10 players ever] 50 assists ten times,[12. 1 of only 16 players ever] 40 assists thirteen times[13. 1 of only 22 players ever]
  • Scored 120 points once, 110 points twice, 100 points thrice, 90 points four times, 80 points seven times, 70 points twelve times,[14. 1 of only 21 players ever] 60 points fifteen times[15. 1 of only 13 players ever]
  • Top 10 in GPG once
  • Led the league in Assists thrice, Top 5 eight times, Top 10 twelve times
  • Led the league in APG twice, Top 5 nine times, Top 10 eleven times
  • Led the league in Points once, Top 5 five times, Top 10 six times
  • Led the league in PPG once, Top 5 thrice, Top 10 six times
  • Top 10 in Plus Minus once
  • 1st Team All Star once, 2nd Team thrice
  • 6 All Star Games
  • Monthly 2nd Star once
  • Weekly 1st Star once, 2nd Star once.

Great Teams

  • Best Forward[16. By points and minutes] on one Final Four (’11 Sharks), Top 3 Forward[17. By points and minutes] on one Runner up (’16 Sharks) and one Final Four (’10 Sharks)
  • Role Player[18. By points] on one Olympic Champion (’10 Canada)
  • Top 6 Forward[19. By points] on one World Cup Champion (’04 Canada), Role Player[20. By points] on one World Cup Champion (’16 Canada)
  • Best Player[21. By points] on one World Championship Runner Up (’05 Canada)
  • Best Forward?[22. By points] on one World Junior Champion (’97 Canada)
  • Best Player?[23. 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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