Does Eric Lindros Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

How great was Eric Lindros really?

Was he all hype or did he live up to some of it? Is the only thing keeping him from the GOAT conversation his concussion history?

Listen to us talk about Lindros here:

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Eric Lindros’ Career

  • NHL: 1992-2000, 2001-2007; 13 seasons, 11 quality
  • Totals:
    • 372G,
    • 493A for
    • 865P,
    • +215 in
    • 760 games;
    • 101.6 PS;
    • 19:47 ATOI (since 1998-99)
  • Per Game: Lindros is 17th All Time in PPG
  • In his draft class (1991), Lindros, drafted 1st overall, is
    • 25th in Games but
    • 4th in Goals,
    • 5th in Assists and Points and
    • 2nd in Plus Minus
  • Era:
    • Of the hundreds of players to play in at least 450 games between 1992 and 2000, Lindros is 8th in Goals, 2nd in GPG and PPG, 17th in Assists, 6th in APG and Points, 3rd in OPS, 4th in PS, and 183rd in Games
    • Among the hundreds of players to play in at least 250 games between 2001 and 2007, Lindros is not in the Top 25 for any category
  • 82-game average: 40G, 53A for 93P, +23
  • 3-year peak (1994-97): 82-game average of 52G, 74A for 126P, +40
  • Playoffs:
    • 24G,
    • 33A for
    • 57P in
    • 53 games;
    • 19:14 ATOI (since 1998-99)
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 404G, 538A for 942P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 44G, 58A for 102P (+9P per 82)
      • Per Game: Lindros is
        • 22nd All Time in Adjusted GPG
        • 21st All Time in Adjusted APG
        • 12th All Time in Adjusted PPG
    • VsX:
      • 389G
      • 558A
      • 840P
      • Per Game: Lindros is not in the Top 25 in VsX Adjusted Per Game stats.
  • Trades:
    • Infamously demanded a trade before he had played an NHL game, so he was traded at 19 for Peter Forsberg (almost 20), Steve Duchesne (27), Kerry Huffman (24), Mike Ricci (20), Ron Hextall (28), a 1993 First Rounder (Jocelyn Thibault), $15,000,000 and Future Considerations: Chris Simon (20) and a 1994 First Rounder (Nolan Baumgartner)
    • Traded at 28 for Kim Johnsson (25), Jan Hlavac (24), Pavel Brendl (20) and a 2003 Third Rounder (Stefan Ruzicka)

Eric Lindros’ Accomplishments

  • Hart (’95)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting one other time (’96)
  • Ted Lindsay (’95)
  • Top 5 in Calder voting (’93)
  • Back Check Co-MVP (’95)
  • Back Check Best Player (’95)
  • Top Player:
    • Top 5 Player (by PS) once (’95),
    • Top 10 three times (’96, ’99)
    • Best Offensive Player (by OPS) once (’95),
    • Top 5 three times (’96, ’99),
    • Top 10 five times (’94, ’02)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in Goals four times
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in GPG twice,
      • Top 10 eight times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 45 goals once,
      • 40 goals four times,
      • 35 goals five times,
      • 30 goals seven times,
      • 25 goals nine times
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Assists,
      • Top 10 three times
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in APG twice,
      • Top 10 six times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 60 assists once,
      • 50 assists three times,
      • 40 assists six times
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in Points once,
      • Top 10 three times
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Led the league in PPG once,
      • Top 5 six times,
      • Top 10 eight times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 110 points once,
      • 90 points thrice,
      • 70 points eight times,
      • 50 points ten times
  • Plus-Minus:
    • Top 5 in Plus Minus once,
    • Top 10 three times
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star once,
    • 2nd Team All Star once
    • 1st Team All Rookie
    • 6 All Star Game appearances
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 73rd All Time
      • Assists: 117th All Time
      • Points: 70th All Time
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 73rd All Time
      • Assists: 116th All Time
      • Points: 88th All Time
  • Non-NHL:
    • Best Forward (led the tournament in points) on one World Championship team that failed to medal

Eric Lindros’ Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Best Player (led playoffs in points) on one Runner up (’97 Flyers),
    • Best Player (by points) on one Final four (’95 Flyers)
  • Olympics:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Olympic Runner Up (’92 Canada),
    • Role Player (by points) on one Champion (’02 Canada)
  • Canada/World Cup:
    • Top 6 Forward? (by points) on one Canada Cup Champion (’91 Canada), and one World Cup Runner Up (’96 Canada)
  • WJCs:
    • Best Player (by points) on one World Junior Champion (’91 Canada),
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one World Junior Champion (’90 Canada).

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