Does Sergei Gonchar Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

We doubt Sergei Gonchar is a name many would have considered for induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

But he had a rather great career despite his lack of accolades.

In our latest episode, we debate whether or not Sergei Gonchar deserves to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Listen here:

Sergei Gonchar, Phil Housley, Eddie Gerard

Sergei Gonchar’s Career:

  • NHL: 1994-2015; 20 seasons, 18 quality
  • Totals:
    • 220G (16th D All Time),
    • 591A (17th D, 5th USSR) for
    • 811P (16th D),
    • +33 in
    • 1301 games;
    • 23:40 ATOI (since 1998-99);
    • 141.9 PS (14th D, 2nd USSR)
    • Gonchar is 2nd All Time among USSR-born players in Defensive Point Shares
  • Per Game: Among defensemen, Gonchar is
    • 17th All Time in GPG and
    • 24th in PPG
  • In his draft class (1992), Gonchar, drafted 14th overall, is
    • 5th in Goals
    • 1st in Assists and Points
    • But 2nd in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 11 players to play in at least 1250 games between 1994 and 2015, Gonchar is
    • 10th in Goals and GPG
    • 5th in Assists and APG
    • 8th in Points and PPG
    • 6th in Plus/Minus and OPS
    • 2nd in DPS
    • 4th in PS
  • 82-game average: 14G, 37A for 51P, +2
  • 3-year peak (2000-03): 82-game average of 22G, 42A for 62P, +8; 24:40 ATOI; 11.4 PS
  • Possession (since 2007-08 – 475 games):
    • 50% Corsi For
    • -0.9% Relative Corsi For
    • 49.6% Fenwick For
    • -1.5% Relative Fenwick For
  • Playoffs:
    • 22G,
    • 68A for
    • 90P,
    • +3 in
    • 141 games
    • Era: Of the 63 D to play in at least 82 playoff games between 1994 and 2015, Gonchar is
      • 6th in Goals
      • 7th in GPG
      • 5th in Assists
      • 8th in APG
      • 6th in Points
      • 7th in PPG
      • 40th in Plus/Minus
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 244G,
      • 652A for
      • 896P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 15G, 41A for 56P
      • Per Game: Gonchar is obviously not in the Top 25 in Adjusted PPG
    • VsX:
      • Goals: doesn’t qualify
      • 697A
      • 830P
      • Per Game: Gonchar is obviously not in the Top 25
  • Trades:
    • Traded just before his 30th birthday to Boston for Shaone Morrissonn (31) and a 2004 1st Rounder (Jeff Schultz)

Sergei Gonchar’s Accomplishments

  • Top 5 in Norris Voting four times
  • Top Play:
    • Top 5 Defensive Player (by DPS) once (‘96)
  • Goals:
    • 25 goals once (1 of only 24 D ever),
    • 20 goals twice,
    • 15 goals six times (1 of only 21 D ever)
  • Assists:
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in APG once
    • Single-season totals:
      • 50 assists twice, 40 assists five times
  • Points:
    • 60 points three times,
    • 50 points nine times (1 of only 13 D ever)
  • Plus/Minus:
    • Top 10 in Plus/Minus once
  • All Star:
    • 2nd Team All Star twice
    • 4 All Star game appearances
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: doesn’t qualify
      • Assists: 137th All Time
      • Points: doesn’t qualify
    • Best 10 seasons:
      • Goals: doesn’t qualify
      • Assists: 113th All Time
      • Points: 248th All Time

Sergei Gonchar’s Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Best D on one Champion (‘09 Penguins) and one Runner Up (‘08 Penguins),
    • Best D (by points) on one Runner up (‘98 Capitals)
  • Olympics:
    • Best D? (by points) on one Olympic Runner Up (‘98 Russia),
    • Unknown role (didn’t score but played) on one Olympic Bronze (‘02 Russia)
  • World Championships:
    • Best D? (by points, but really guessing) on one World Championship Bronze (‘07 Russia),
    • Role Player? (by points and games) on one World Championship Runner Up (‘10 Russia)

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