Does Phil Housley Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Phil Housley has some of the most impressive career offensive totals of any NHL defenceman, especially an American. He is also -53 for his career. Should the Hall of Fame inducted a player who appears, on first glance, to have not been very good in his own end? We discuss in our latest episode. Listen here:

Housley’s stats:

Career:

  • NHL: 1982-2003; 21 seasons, at least 19 quality
  • 338G (4th D All Time), 894A (20th All Time, 5th D, 1st American) for 1232P (4th D, 2nd American excluding that traitor Brett Hull), -53 in 1495 games (Among all NHL players to play in at least 1400 games since 1967-68, Housley has the 3rd worst plus minus); 20:52 ATOI (since 1998-99); 170.7 PS (17th All Time)
  • Housley is 23rd All Time in Defensive Point Shares
  • Among defensemen, Housley is 8th All Time in GPG, 10th in APG and 9th in PPG
  • In his draft class (1982), Housley, drafted 6th overall, is
    • 8th in Goals
    • 2nd in Assists
    • 3rd in Points and Games Played
    • 14th worst in Plus/Minus
  • Era: Of the 21 players to play in at least 1250 games between 1982 and 2003, Housley is
    • 15th in Goals and GPG
    • 9th in Assists and APG
    • 11th in Points
    • 12th in PPG
    • 3rd last in Plus/Minus
    • 8th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 6th in Defensive Point Shares
    • 3rd in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 19G, 49A for 67P, -3
  • 3-year peak (1989-92): 92-game average of 24G, 62A for 86P, -2; 11.4 PS
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs: 13G, 43A for 56P, -23 in 85 games
  • Adjusted: 308G, 840A (22nd All Time) for 1148P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 17G, 46A for 63P
  • Housley is not in the Top 25 in Adjusted PPG
  • Traded 4 times in his prime.

Accomplishments:

  • Top 5 in Norris voting four times
  • Top 5 in Calder voting
  • Top 10 Player (by PS) three times (‘84, ‘90, ‘92)
  • Top 10 Defensive Player (by DPS) twice (‘85, ‘90)
  • Scored 30 goals once (1 of only 9 D ever), 25 goals three times (1 of only 5 D), 20 goals seven times (1 of only 6 D), 15 goals thirteen times (only Ray Bourque has done it more frequently)
  • Tallied 70 assists once (1 of only 9 D ever), 60 assists three times (1 of only 9 D), 50 assists six times (1 of only 9 D), 40 assists thirteen times (1 of only 6 D)
  • Scored 90 points once (1 of only 8 D ever), 80 points three times (1 of only 7 D), 70 points six times (1 of only 7 D), 60 points twelve times (1 of only 4 D), 50 points fourteen times (1 of only 6 D)
  • Top 10 in Assists three times
  • Top 10 in APG twice
  • 1st Team All Rookie
  • 2nd Team All Star once
  • 7 All Star Appearances.

Great Teams

  • Top 4 D (by points) on one Stanley Cup Runner Up (‘98 Capitals)
  • Top 2? D (by points) on one Olympic Runner Up (‘02 USA)
  • Injured or reserve on one World Cup Champion (‘96 USA)

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