Does Jaromir Jagr Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

In this episode of The Back Check, we debate whether or not Jaromir Jagr is one of the greatest Right Wings in the history of the NHL.

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Jagr, Recchi, Joe Hall

Jaromir Jagr’s Career

  • NHL: 1990-2008, 2011-2018; 24 seasons, 22 quality
  • Totals:
    • 766G (3rd All Time),
    • 1155A (5th) for
    • 1921P (2nd),
    • +322 (23rd) in
    • 1733 games (3rd);
    • 217 Point Shares (4th);
    • 20:19 ATOI*
  • Jagr is 25th All Time in PPG
  • Jagr is 3rd All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • In his draft class (1990), Jagr is 1st in Games, Goals, Assists, Points and Plus Minus, though he was drafted 5th overall
  • Era:
    • Of the 6 players to play in at least 1250 games between 1990 and 2008: Jagr is
      • 1st in Goals, GPG, Assists, APG, Points, PPG, OPS and PS, and
      • 4th in Games
    • Of the 154 players to play in at least 450 games between 2011 and the present Jagr is not in the Top 25 in any category [Though it is worth noting that we looked at this same thing in 2016 or 2017, and he was in the Top 25 in multiple categories, so it’s this last season in particular that did him in]
  • 82-game average: 36G, 55A for 91P, +15
  • 3-year peak (1994-97): 82-game average of 60G, 71A for 131P, +32
  • Possession (since 2007-08):
    • 55.1 CF%,
    • 5.4 CF%Rel,
    • 54.3 FF%,
    • 4.8 FF%Rel
    • Of the 154 players to play in 450 or more games since 2011, Jagr is
    • 18th in CF%,
    • 7th in CF%Rel,
    • 24th in FF% and
    • 10th in FF%Rel
  • Playoffs:
    • 78G (11th All Time),
    • 123A (9th) for
    • 201P (5th),
    • +30 in
    • 208 games;
    • 20:45 ATOI*
    • Era: Of the 169 skaters to play in at least 82 games between 1990 and 2000, Jagr is
      • 2nd in Goals
      • 5th in GPG
      • 4th in Assists
      • 10th in APG
      • 2nd in Points
      • 5th in PPG
      • 4th in Plus/Minus
      • 8th in Games
    • Playoffs Possession:
      • 58.2 CF%,
      • 7.6 CF%Rel,
      • 57 FF%,
      • 5.9 FF%Rel [Potentially out of date: Hockey-Reference removed numbers]
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 841G (2nd), 1240A (3rd) for 2081P (3rd)
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 40G, 59A for 98P
      • Adjusted PPG:
        • 20th All Time in Adjusted APG
        • 20th All Time in Adjusted PPG
        • However, if the qualifier is set to 820 Games, Jagr is
          • 17th All Time in Adjusted GPG
          • 14th All Time in Adjusted APG
          • 10th All Time in Adjusted PPG
          • If the qualifier is raised to 1,230 games (15 seasons), Jagr is
            • 6th All Time in Adjusted GPG
            • 7th All Time in Adjusted APG
            • 4th All Time in Adjusted PPG
    • VsX:
      • 821G (4th All Time)
      • 1,926A (3rd All Time)
      • 1,921P (3rd All Time)
      • Per Game:
        • Jagr is not in the Top 25; However, if the qualifier is set to 820 Games, Jagr is
          • 24th All Time in VsX Adjusted GPG
          • 16th All Time in VsX ADjusted PPG
          • If the qualifier is set to 1,230 Games, Jagr is
            • 8th All Time in VsX Adjusted GPG
            • 12th All Time in VsX Adjusted APG
            • 6th All Time in VsX Adjusted PPG
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 29 with Frantisek Kucera for Kris Beech, Michal Sivek, Ross Lupaschuk and future considerations
    • Traded at 32 for Anson Carter
    • Traded at 41 for Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne and a 1st Rounder (Jason Dickinson)
    • Traded at 43 for a 2nd and a 3rd

Jaromir Jagr’s Accomplishments

  • Hart (’99),
  • Top 5 in Hart voting a further 4 times
  • Ted Lindsay (’99, ’00, ’06) – 3rd most all time
  • Art Ross (’95, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01) – 4th most all time
  • Back Check MVP (’98, ’06)
  • Back Check Best Player (’98, ’99, ’01)
  • Top Player:
    • Top 5 Player (by Point Shares) five times (’95, ’96, ’99, ’01, ’06),
    • Top 10 seven times (’98, ’00)
    • Best Offensive Player (by OPS) twice (’99, ’06),
    • Top 5 eight times (’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’00, ’01)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Goals six times,
      • Top 10 eight times
    • GPG Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in GPG once,
      • Top 5 seven times,
      • Top 10 nine times
  • Single-season totals:
    • Scored 60 goals once (1 of only 20 players ever to do so),
    • 50 goals three times (1 on only 20 players),
    • 45 goals four times,
    • 40 goals six times (1 of only 22 players),
    • 35 goals eight times (1 of only 22 players),
    • 30 goals fifteen times (1 of only 2 players ever do to so – Gartner),
    • 25 goals eighteen times (1 of only 2 players ever to do so – Howe),
    • 20 goals nineteen times (1 of only 5 players)
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in Assists three times,
      • Top 5 seven times,
      • Top 10 ten times
    • APG Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in APG once,
      • Top 5 eight times,
      • Top 10 ten times
    • Single-season totals:
      • Tallied 80 assists twice (1 of only 12 players ever to do so),
      • 60 assists eight times (1 of only 10 players),
      • 50 assists nine times (1 of only 22 players),
      • 40 assists fifteen times (1 of only 13 players)
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in Points five times,
      • Top 5 eight times,
      • Top 10 eleven times
    • PPG Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in PPG three times,
      • Top 5 nine times
    • Single-season totals:
      • Scored 140 points once (1 of only 9 players ever to do so),
      • 120 points four times (1 of only 7 players),
      • scored 100 points five times (1 of only 18 players),
      • 90 points ten times (1 of only 5 players),
      • scored 70 points fifteen times (1 of only 6 players),
      • scored 60 points eighteen times (1 of only 4 players),
      • scored 50 points twenty times (1 of only 5 players)
  • Top 5 in Plus Minus twice, Top 10 thrice
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star seven times,
    • 1st Team All Rookie,
      • 2nd Team once
    • 9 All Star Games
    • Weekly 1st Star once,
    • Weekly 3rd Star once.
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 17th All Time
      • Assists: 14th All Time
      • Points: 6th All Time
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 13th All Time
      • Assists: 12th All Time
      • Points: 5th All Time
  • Non-NHL:
    • World Championship MVP on non-medalling team.

Jaromir Jagr’s Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward on one Final Four (’01 Penguins),
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘96 Penguins),
    • Top 6 Forward on one Runner Up (’13 Bruins),
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on two Champions (’91, ’92 Penguins)
  • Olympics:
    • Best Skater (by points) on one Olympic Champion (’98 Czech Republic),
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Olympic Bronze (’06 Czech Republic)
  • World Cup:
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one World Cup Bronze (’04 Czech Republic)
  • World Championships:
    • Best Skater (by points) on two World Champions (’05, ’10 Czech Republic),
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one World Champion Bronze (’11 Czech Republic),
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on one World Championship Bronze (’90 Czechoslovakia)
  • WJCs:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one World Junior Bronze (’90 Czechoslovakia)
  • European Championships:
    • Best Player (by points) on one European Champion (’05 Avangard Omsk)

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