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 could enough to be in the Hall of Fame? We find out. Listen to us debate his case:

Tkachuk’s stats:

Career

  • NHL: 1991-2010; 18 seasons, 16 quality
  • 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
  • Tkachuk is 2nd All Time among American NHLers in GPG and 4th in PPG, if we omit Hull and set a minimum qualifier of 1,000 games played (42 players)
  • 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): 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
  • Adjusted: 584G (25th All Time), 566A for 1150P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 40G, 39A for 79P
  • Adjusted PPG: If the qualifier is set to 1,000 games played, Tkachuk is not in the Top 25 in Adjusted PPG.
  • Traded once in his prime and twice thereafter.

Accomplishments:

  • Rocket Richard once (‘97, before it actually existed)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘02), Top 10 four times (‘96, ‘97, ‘98)
  • Scored 50 goals twice, 40 goals four times, 35 goals seven times, 30 goals nine times, 25 goals thirteen times, 20 goals fifteen times
  • Tallied 40 assists three times
  • Scored 90 points once, 80 points three times, 70 points six times, 60 points eight times, 50 points thirteen times
  • Led the league in Goals once, Top 10 five times
  • Top 5 in GPG five times, Top 10 seven times
  • Top 10 in PPG once
  • 2nd Team All Star twice
  • 5 All Star Game appearances.

Great Teams

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

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