Does Paul Kariya Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Kariya’s career was marred by injuries but he was inducted relatively quickly after his retirement compared to a lot of players who have played fewer than 1,000 games. Was that warranted? Where does Kariya rank in his era?

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Here are Kariya’s stats:

CAREER

  • NHL: 1994-2010; 15 seasons, 13 quality
  • 402G, 587A for 989P, +31 in 989 games; 109.3 PS; 20:57 ATOI (since 1998-99)
  • In his Draft Class (1993), Kariya is 2nd in Goals, 1st in Assists and Points and 16th in Plus/Minus despite being 16th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 58 players to play in at least 950 games between 1994 and 2010 Kariya is
    • 7th in Goals, GPG and OPS,
    • 6th in Assists,
    • 4th in APG,
    • 5th in Points,
    • 3rd in PPG,
    • 11th in Point Shares
    • despite being 40th in Games Played
  • 82-game average: 34G, 48A for 82P, +3
  • 3-year peak (1995-98): 82-game average of 55G, 59A for 114P, +28
  • Possession (since 2007-008): 52 CF%, 3.5 CF%Rel, 52 FF%, 2.8 FF%Rel
  • Playoffs: 16G, 23A for 39P, -7 in 46 games; 21:12 ATOI (since 1998-99)
  • Adjusted: 445G, 633A for 1078P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 37G, 52A for 89P
  • Adjusted PPG:
    • If the qualifier is set to 750 games, Kariya is 15th All Time in Adjusted PPG
    • If the qualifier is dropped to 500 games played, Kariya drops out of the Top 25
  • Never traded.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Lady Byng (’96, ’97)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting once (’97)
  • Top 10 Player (by Point Shares) once (’97)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player (by Offensive Point Shares) once (’97), Top 10 four times (’96, ’99, ’00)
  • Scored 50 goals once, 40 goals thrice, 35 goals four times, 30 goals seven times, 25 goals eight times, 20 goals nine times
  • Tallied 60 assists once, 50 assists six times, 40 assists eight times
  • Scored 100 points twice, 90 points thrice, 80 points six times, 70 points seven times, 60 points nine times, 50 points ten times
  • Top 5 in Goals once, Top 10 four times
  • Top 5 in GPG twice
  • Top 5 in Assists once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 5 in APG once, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in Points thrice, Top 10 four times
  • Top 5 in PPG twice, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 10 in Plus Minus once
  • 1st Team All Star thrice, 1st Team All Rookie, 2nd Team Twice
  • 7 All Star Games.
  • Non NHL:
    • NCAA: Hobey Baker Award (’93)

GREAT TEAMS

  • Top 3 Forward on one Runner Up (’03 Mighty Ducks)
  • Best Skater? (by points) on one Olympic Runner Up (’94 Canada), Top 6? Forward (by points) on one Olympic Champion (’02 Canada)
  • Best Skater (by points) on one World Champion (’94 Canada), Top 3 Forward (by points) on one World Champion Runner Up (’96 Canada)
  • Best Skater (by points) on one World Junior Champion (’93 Canada)

Best Player? (by points) on one NCAA National Champion (’94 Black Bears).

 

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