Does Keith Tkachuk Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Keith Tkachuk (“TAYchuck” according to Don Cherry) is more notorious for his edge and his sneer than he is for his goal-scoring ability.

Was he good enough to be in the Hall of Fame?

We find out. Listen to us debate his case:

Keith Tkachuk, Lindros, Harry Cameron

Keith Tkachuk’s Career

  • NHL: 1991-2010; 18 seasons, 16 quality
  • Totals:
    • 538G (2nd American All Time – not including that traitor, Brett Hull),
    • 527A for 1065P (4th American, excluding Hull),
    • +33 in 1201 games;
    • 18:23 ATOI (since 1998-99);
    • 125.1 PS
  • Per Game:
    • 5th American All Time in GPG
  • In his draft class (1990), Tkachuk, drafted 19th overall, is
    • 2nd in Goals and Points
    • 4th in Assists
    • 15th in Plus/Minus
    • 5th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 14 players to play in at least 1200 games between 1991 and 2010, Tkachuk is
    • 3rd in Goals
    • 2nd in GPG
    • 10th in Assists and APG
    • 6th in Points
    • 5th in PPG
    • 8th in Plus/Minus
    • 4th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 7th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 37G, 36A for 73P, +2
  • 3-year peak (1994-97): 82-game average of 48G, 45A for 93P, +2
  • Possession (since 2007, so his last 225 games):
    • 50.2 Corsi For %,
    • 0.7 Relative Corsi For,
    • 50.5 Fenwick For %,
    • 0.4 Relative Fenwick For %
  • Playoffs:
    • 28G,
    • 28A for
    • 56P,
    • -15 in
    • 89 games
    • Era: Of the 163 skaters to play in at least 82 playoff games between 1991 and 201, Tkachuk is
      • 46th in Goals
      • 27th in GPG
      • 88th in Assists
      • 74th in APG
      • 75th in Points
      • 55th in PPG
      • 152nd in Plus/Minus
      • 135th in Games
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 584G (25th All Time),
      • 566A for
      • 1150P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 40G, 39A for 79P (+6 points per 82 games)
      • Adjusted PPG:
      • Not in the Top 25; However, if the qualifier is raised to 820 Games, Tkachuk is
        • 16th All Time in Adjusted GPG
    • VsX:
      • 562G
      • 595A
      • 1,038P
      • Per Game: Not in the Top 25
  • Trades:
    • Traded at nearly 30 to St. Louis for Michal Handzus (24), Ladslav Nagy (21), Jeff Taffe (20) and a 2002 1st Rounder (Ben Eager)
    • Traded at 34 to Atlanta for Glen Metropolit, a 2007 1st Rounder (Mikael Backlund), a 2007 3rd Rounder (nobody), a 2008 1st Rounder (Zach Bogoian) and a 2008 2nd Rounder (Philip McRae)
    • Traded at 34 to St. Louis for the same 2008 1st Rounder (Zach Bogosian)

Keith Tkachuk’s Accomplishments:

  • Rocket Richard once (‘97, before it actually existed)
  • Top Player:
    • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘02),
    • Top 10 four times (‘96, ‘97, ‘98)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
    • Led the league in Goals once,
    • Top 10 five times
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in GPG five times,
      • Top 10 seven times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 50 goals twice,
      • 40 goals four times,
      • 35 goals seven times,
      • 30 goals nine times,
      • 25 goals thirteen times,
      • 20 goals fifteen times
  • Assists:
    • 40 assists three times
  • Points:
    • Top 10 in PPG once
    • Single-season totals:
      • 90 points once,
      • 80 points three times,
      • 70 points six times,
      • 60 points eight times,
      • 50 points thirteen times
  • All Star:
    • 2nd Team All Star twice
    • 5 All Star Game appearances
  • VsX:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 42nd All Time
      • Assists: 172nd All Time
      • Points: 110th All Time
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 31st All Time
      • Assists: 238th All Time
      • Points: 98th All Time

Keith Tkachuk’s Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward on one Final Four (‘01 Blues)
  • Olympics:
    • Top 9 Forward (by points) on one Olympic Runner Up (‘02 USA)
  • World Cup:
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one World Cup Champion (‘96 USA)
  • WJCs:
    • Best Forward??? (by points) on one World Junior Championship Bronze (‘92 USA)

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