Does Sergei Makarov belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Sergei Makarov was a star in the USSR for a decade before playing in the NHL. In fact, he might have been the best hockey player in the world not in the NHL for much of the 1980s. But given how much the Hockey Hall of Fame focuses on NHL experience, did he deserve to be inducted?

Listen here to find out:

Makarov’s stats:

Career:

  • NHL: 1989-1995: 6 seasons, 6 quality, plus 4 game comeback in 1996-97
  • 134G, 250A for 384P in 424 games, +67; 31.1 PS
  • Era: Of the 6 players aged 30 or older to have played in at least 400 games between 1989 and 1995, Makarov is
    • 3rd in Goals, GPG and Offensive Point Shares
    • 1st in Assists and APG
    • 2nd in Points, PPG and Plus/Minus
  • In his draft class, Makarov, drafted 231st overall, is 24th in Goals, 19th in Assists, 21st in Points and 11th in Plus/Minus despite being 46th in games played (barely ¼ of the games played of the draft class leader, Steve Yzerman)
  • 82-game average of 26G, 48A for 75P, +13
  • 3 year peak (’89-’92): 82-game average of 27G, 58A for 85P, +22
  • Playoffs: 12G, 11A for 23P, +1 in 34 games (⅓ of which were played after he was 35 years of age)
  • No possession stats
  • Adjusted: 126G, 226A for 352P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 24G, 44A for 68P
  • Traded twice (within a week).

 

Accomplishments:

  • Calder (1990)
  • Scored 30 goals twice, twenty goals four times;
  • Tallied 60 assists once, 40 assists three times;
  • Scored 80 points once, seventy points three times, 60 points four times, 50 points five times
  • Top 5 in Plus/Minus once
  • 1st Team All Rookie
  • Rookie of the Month once.
  • USSR:
    • “Soviet MVP” thrice (‘80, ‘85, ‘89)
    • Soviet Scoring Champion nine times (‘80, ‘81, ‘82, ‘84, ‘85, ‘86, ‘87, ‘88, ‘89 or: every year of the 1980s except 1983)

Great teams:

  • Olympics:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Olympic Runner Up (‘80 USSR),
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on one Olympic Champion (‘84 USSR)
  • Canada/World Cup:
    • Best Forward (by points) on one Canada Cup Runner Up (‘87 USSR),
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Canada Cup Champion (‘81 USSR) and one Bronze (‘84 USSR)
  • World Championships
    • Best Forward (led the tournament in points and was awarded “Best Forward”) on one World Champion (‘85 USSR),
    • Best Forward (led the tournament in points but didn’t win the “Best Forward” award) on two World Champions (‘83, ‘86 USSR),
    • Top 3 Forward (“Media All-Star”) on four World Champions (‘79, ‘81, ‘82, ‘89 USSR) and one Runner Up (‘87 USSR),
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one World Champion Bronze (‘91 USSR),
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on two World Champions (‘78, ‘88 USSR),
    • Top 9? Forward (by points) on one World Champion (‘90 USSR)
  • World Junior Championships:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on two World Junior Champions (‘77, ‘78 USSR)
  • [For the below teams I didn’t bother figuring out his role because, jesus, that’s a lot of research]
  • European Cup:
    • 11 Championships between ‘79 and ‘89 (HC CSKA Moscow)
  • Soviet League:
    • 11 Championships between ‘79 and ‘89 (HC CSKA Moscow) [I didn’t bother figuring out his role because, jesus, that’s a lot of research]
  • Super Series:
    • He was on 5 of the HC CSKA Moscow teams that always beat NHL teams in the 1980s

 

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