Does Joseph Didier Pitre Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

In this episode we discuss Didier Pitre, a star of the National Hockey Association (NHA) who played in the NHL only in last mid-late 30s. Does he belong? Listen here:

Here are Pitre’s stats:

Career

  • NHL: 1917-1923; 6 seasons, 4 quality (by modern standards of PPG)
  • 64G (12th All Time at his retirement), 33A (11th) for 97P (14th) in 127 games (9th); 8.7 PS (20th)
  • At his retirement, Pitre was 17th in GPG and APG and 18th in PPG, if the qualifier is set to a ridiculously low 82 games played
  • At his retirement, Pitre was 21st All Time in Offensive Point Shares (ditto on the above absurd games qualifier)
  • 82-game average: 41G, 21A for 62P
  • 3-year peak (1917-20): 24-game average of 18G, 9A for 27P
  • Playoffs: 2G, 4A for 6P in 9 games
  • Adjusted: 86G, 152A for 238P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 56G, 98A for 154P
  • If the qualifier is set to an absurd 82 games, Pitre is 17th All Time in Adjusted PPG
  • Traded once prior to the existence of the NHL.
  • NHA: Pitre is possibly
    • 3rd All Time in Goals
    • 5th All Time in Assists
    • 3rd All Time in Points
    • 12th All Time in PPG [playing way more games than most players]
    • 3rd All Time in Games Played [this one is pretty sketchy]
  • Pitre was also a star in the short-lived International Professional Hockey League (pre NHA), though how he compares to his contemporaries in that league is too much work

Accomplishments

  • Top 10 Offensive Player (by OPS) twice (’18, ’19)
  • Top 10 Defensive Player (by DPS) once (‘18)* [Huge fucking asterisk]
  • Top 5 in Goals once, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 10 in GPG thrice
  • Top 5 in Assists once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 5 in APG once
  • Top 5 in Points once, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in PPG once, Top 10 thrice.
  • Pre-NHL:
    • Led the IHL (IPHL) in 1905-06 in scoring
    • Led the NHA in assists and points in 1915-1916

Great Teams  (Stanley Cup was vied for by multiple leagues)

  • Top 3? Forward (led the NHL playoffs in assists) on one NHL Champion/Stanley Cup Finalist (’19 Canadiens, Cup cancelled due to Spanish Flu), Top 6? Forward on two NHL Runners Up (’18, ’23 Canadiens)
  • Best Player? (led playoffs in Goals) on one Stanley Cup Champion (’16 Canadiens) and one Stanley Cup Runner Up (’17 Canadiens)
  • Reserve? on one Stanley Cup Runner Up (’09 Professionals)

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