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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Pierre Turgeon, Paul Kariya, Cyclone Taylor

Paul Kariya’s Career

  • NHL: 1994-2010; 15 seasons, 13 quality
  • Totals:
    • 402G,
    • 587A for
    • 989P, +
    • 31 in 989 games;
    • 109.3 PS;
  • Per Game:
    • 20:57 ATOI (since 1998-99)
  • Draft: In his Draft Class (1993), Kariya, drafted 4th overall, 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)
    • Era:Of the hundreds of skaters to play in at least 41 playoff games between 1994 and 2010, Kariya is
      • 111th in Goals
      • 31st in GPG
      • 119th in Assists
      • 38th in APG
      • 114th in Points
      • 24th in PPG
      • Not in the Top 200 in Plus/Minus or Games Played
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 445G,
      • 633A for
      • 1078P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 37G, 52A for 89P (+7P per 82 games)
      • Adjusted PPG: Not in the Top 25; However, if the qualifier is set to 820 Games, Kariya is
        • 17th All Time in Adjusted PPG
    • VsX:
      • 429G
      • 672A
      • 970P
      • Per Game: Not in the Top 25
  • Never traded.

Paul Kariya’s Accomplishments

  • Top 5 in Hart voting once
  • Lady Byng (’96, ’97)
  • Top Player:
    • 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)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Goals once,
      • Top 10 four times
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in GPG twice
    • Single-season totals:
      • 50 goals once,
      • 40 goals thrice,
      • 35 goals four times,
      • 30 goals seven times,
      • 25 goals eight times,
      • 20 goals nine times
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Assists once,
      • Top 10 twice
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in APG once,
      • Top 10 three times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 60 assists once,
      • 50 assists six times,
      • 40 assists eight times
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Points three times,
      • Top 10 four times
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in PPG twice,
      • Top 10 three times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 100 points twice,
      • 90 points thrice,
      • 80 points six times,
      • 70 points seven times,
      • 60 points nine times,
      • 50 points ten times
  • Top 10 in Plus Minus once
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star three times,
    • 2nd Team Twice
    • 1st Team All Rookie
    • 7 All Star Games.
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 72nd All Time
      • Assists: 71st All Time
      • Points: 71st All Time
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 76th All Time
      • Assists: 79th All Time
      • Points: 69th All Time
  • Non NHL:
    • NCAA: Hobey Baker Award (’93)

Paul Kariya’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward on one Runner Up (’03 Mighty Ducks)
  • Olympics:
    • Best Skater? (by points) on one Olympic Runner Up (’94 Canada),
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on one Olympic Champion (’02 Canada)
  • World Championships:
    • Best Skater (by points) on one World Champion (’94 Canada),
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one World Champion Runner Up (’96 Canada)
  • WJCs:
    • Best Skater (by points) on one World Junior Champion (’93 Canada)
  • NCAA:
    • Best Player? (by points) on one NCAA National Champion (’94 Black Bears).

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