Does Harry Cameron Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Harry Cameron was a dynamic offensive player from the blue line well before that was a common feature of NHL D.

Was he one of the greatest D of his era or of all time or is it more likely that the position had yet to be defined properly?

Listen to us talk about Harry Cameron:

Keith Tkachuk, Eric Lindros, Harry Cameron

Harry Cameron’s Career:

  • NHL: 1917-1923; 6 seasons, all quality
  • Totals:
    • 88G (8th All Time at his release),
    • 51A (3rd)
    • for 139P (6th) in
    • 128 games (5th);
    • 28.6 PS (1st All Time at his release)
    • 6th All Time in Offensive Point Shares when he left the NHL
    • 5th in Defensive Point Shares when he left the NHL
  • Per Game: He doesn’t qualify, but if a games played qualifier is set low enough for him to qualify, when he left the NHL, Cameron was
    • 10th in GPG,
    • 5th in APG and
    • 9th in PPG
  • 82-game average: 57G, 33A for 89P
  • 3-year peak (1919-22): 24-game average of 17G, 10A for 28P
  • Playoffs:
    • 5G,
    • 4A for
    • 9P in
    • 11 games
    • [We didn’t bother to figure out where he ranked All Time because there were so few NHL playoff games and Stanley Cup games weren’t yet counted as playoff games]
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 117G,
      • 231A for
      • 348P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: A preposterous 75G, 148A for 223P
      • Per Game: Cameron doesn’t qualify but, if the qualifier is set at an absurd 82 games, Cameron is
        • 2nd All Time in Adjusted Points Per Game
    • VsX: Doesn’t qualify
  • Trades:
    • Loaned at 28 to Ottawa to complete a transaction for Rusty Crawford (33)
    • Traded at 29 to Montreal for Goldie Prodgers (28)
    • Traded at 30 to Toronto for Goldie Prodgers (29) and Joe Matter (27)
    • Waived out of the NHL at 33
  • NHA:
    • 1912-17; 6 seasons, 5 quality
    • Totals:
      • 53G (as high as 16th All Time),
      • 20A (as high as 11th) for
      • 73P (as high as 15th) in
      • 100 games (maybe 10th)
    • Per Game: Assuming a minimum 82 games played, when the NHA became the NHL, Cameron might have been
      • 10th All Time in GPG,
      • 5th in APG and
      • 11th in PPG
    • 24-game average: 13G, 5A for 18P
    • Re-assigned in a dispersal draft
  • WCHL (as a forward):
    • 1923-26; 9 game comeback in 1932-33; 3 seasons, 2 quality (not including comeback)
    • Totals:
      • 32G (as high as 19th All Time, but unlikely),
      • 20A (as high as 13th All Time),
      • 52P (as high as 16th) in
      • 96 games
    • Per Game: Assuming a games played qualifier, Cameron may be as high as
      • 13th All Time in GPG,
      • 10th in APG and
      • 14th in PPG
    • 30-game average:10G, 6A for 16P
    • Never traded.

Harry Cameron’s Accomplishments:

  • NHL:
    • Top Player:
      • Top 5 Player (by Point Shares) twice (’18, ’22),
      • Top 10 five times (’19, ’20, ’21)
      • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) four times (’18, ’19, ’21, ’22)
      • Top 5 Defensive Player (by DPS) three times (’18, ’20, ’21),
      • Top 10 six times (’19, ’22, ’23)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in Goals four times
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in GPG once
    • Single-season totals:
      • 15 goals four times (only D to do so when he left the NHL),
      • 10 goals five times (only D to do so when he left the NHL)
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Set the single season assist record in the first NHL season (along with 3 other players) but then he re-set the record, which lasted until the 1926-27 season
      • Led the league in Assists twice,
      • Top 5 three times
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Set the single-season record for APG, which held up until 1929-30, at which point the NHL was counting the secondary assists at least some of the time
      • Led the league in APG once,
      • Top 5 twice,
      • Top 10 three times
  • Top 5 in Points once, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in PPG once, Top 10 thrice.

Harry Cameron’s Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Best Skater? (set the NHL playoff assist record) on one Stanley Cup Champion (’18 Arenas)
    • Best Skater? (led NHL playoffs in assists) on one Stanley Cup Champion (’22 St. Patricks),
    • Best Skater? (by points) on one NHL Runner Up (’19 Senators),
    • Unknown Role (because his team didn’t score any goals) on one NHL Runner Up (’21 St. Patricks)
  • NHA:
    • Top 4? Defenceman (by points) on one National Hockey Association Stanley Cup Champion (’14 Blueshirts)

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