Does Pierre Turgeon Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Pierre Turgeon is our first truly eligible player that we’re considering. And he’s a bit of a litmus test, as he has the most points of any eligible (inactive for 3 years) player not in the Hall of Fame (as well as the most assists). If he belongs, others do to.

But if he doesn’t, maybe he’s a good cut-off point for counting stats.

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Pierre Turgeon, Paul Kariya, Cyclone Taylor

Pierre Turgeon’s Career

  • NHL: 1987-2007; 19 seasons, 18 quality
  • Totals:
    • 515G,
    • 812A for
    • 1327P,
    • +139 in
    • 1294 games;
    • 134.3 Point Shares;
  • Per Game:
    • 16:04 ATOI (since 1998-99)
  • Draft: In his draft year (1987), Turgeon, drafted 1st overall is
    • 3rd in Goals and Points,
    • 2nd in Assists and
    • 5th in Plus/Minus despite being
    • 5th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 18 players to play in at least 1250 games between 1987 and 2007, Turgeon is
    • 5th in Goals, Plus/Minus, Offensive Point Shares and Point Shares
    • 6th in GPG
    • 4th in Assists and Points
    • 3rd in APG and PPG
  • 82-game average: 33G, 52A for 84P, +9
  • 3-year peak (1991-94): 82-game average of 48G, 66A for 114P, +7
  • Possession numbers were not tracked until the season after Turgeon retired
  • Playoffs:
    • 35G,
    • 62A for
    • 97P,
    • -6 in
    • 109 Games
    • Era: Of the hundreds of skaters to play in 82 playoff games between 1987 and 2007, Turgeon is
      • 48th in Goals
      • 37th in GPG
      • 38th in Assists
      • 20th in APG
      • 36th in Points
      • 21st in PPG
      • 162nd in Plus/Minus
      • 92nd in Games Played
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 517G,
      • 798A for
      • 1315P
    • Adjusted 82-game average: 33G, 51A for 83P (-1P per 82 games)
    • Adjusted PPG:
      • Not in the Top 25; However, if the qualifier is set to 1,230 games (15 seasons) Turgeon is
        • 20th All Time in Adjusted GPG
        • 19th All Time in Adjusted APG
        • 13th All Time in Adjusted PPG
    • VsX:
      • 506G
      • 837A
      • 1,200P
      • Per Game: Not in the Top 25; However, if the qualifier is set to 1,230 Games, Turgeon is
        • 20th All Time in VsX Adjusted PPG
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 22 with Uwe Krupp (26), Benoit Hogue (25) and Dave McLlwain (24) to the Islanders for Pat LaFontaine (26) with Randy Hiller (31), Randy Wood (28) a 1992 4th Rounder (Dean Melanson)
    • Traded at 25 and Vladimir Malakhov to the Canadiens for Mathieu Schneider (26) 25 with Kirk Muller (29) and Craig Darby (22)
    • Traded at 27 with Rory Fitzpatrick (21) and Craig Conroy (25) to St. Louis for Murray Baron (29), Shayne Corson (30) and a 1997 5th Rounder (nobody)

Pierre Turgeon’s Accomplishments:

  • Top 5 in Hart Voting once
  • Byng (‘93)
  • Top Player:
    • Top 10 Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘93)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in Goals once
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in GPG twice
    • Single-season totals:
      • 55 goals once,
      • 40 goals three times,
      • 35 goals five times,
      • 30 goals nine times,
      • 25 goals eleven times,
      • 20 goals thirteen times
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in Assists three times
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in APG twice
    • Single-season totals:
      • 70 assists once,
      • 60 assists twice,
      • 50 assists eight times,
      • 40 assists eleven times
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Points once,
      • Top 10 twice
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in PPG twice,
      • Top 10 five times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 130 points once (1 of only 23 players),
      • 100 points twice,
      • 90 points five times,
      • 80 points eight times,
      • 70 points nine times,
      • 60 points twelve times
  • All Star:
    • 5 All Star Game appearances
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 122nd All Time
      • Assists: 101st All Time
      • Points: 88th All Time
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 95th All Time
      • Assists: 80th Al Time
      • Points: 66th All Time

Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on two Final fours (‘93 Islanders, ‘01 Blues)

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