Does Chris Pronger Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Chris Pronger was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame even while under contract to an NHL team. What was the rush inducting while he was still technically active? Was he really that good.

In this episode we discuss Pronger’s career and his HOF case. Listen here:

Pronger’s stats:

Career:

  • NHL: 1993-2012; 18 seasons, 16 quality
  • 157G, 541A (21st D All Time) for 698P (24th D), +183 in 1167 games; 27:28 ATOI (since 1998-99); 139.4 PS (16th D)
  • Pronger is 10th All Time in Defensive Point Shares
  • Pronger is 22nd All Time in Offensive Point Shares among defencemen
  • Draft: In his draft class (1993), Pronger, drafted 2nd overall, is
    • 3rd in Games Played, Assists
    • 19th in Goals
    • 9th in Points
    • 1st in Plus/Minus
  • Era: Of the 22 defensemen to play in at least 1000 games between 1993 and 2012, Pronger is
    • 6th in Goals
    • 10th in GPG
    • 3rd in Assists and Plus/Minus
    • 5th in APG, Points and PPG
    • 7th in OPS
    • 2nd in DPS and PS
  • 82-game average: 11G, 38A for 49P, +13
  • 3-year peak (1999-02): 12G, 51A for 63P, +38; 29:20 ATOI; 13.5 PS
  • Possession (since 2007-08):
    • 51.9% Corsi For
    • -1.9% Relative Corsi For
    • 52.5% Fenwick For
    • -1.8% Relative Fenwick For
  • Playoffs: 26G, 95A for 121P, +40 in 173 games
  • Adjusted: 173G, 576A for 749P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 12G, 40A for 53P
  • Adjusted PPG: Pronger is not in the Top 25 in Adjusted PPG (obviously)
  • Traded twice in his prime, once before and once after.

Accomplishments:

  • Hart (‘00), Norris (‘00)
  • Top 5 in Norris voting a further six times
  • Best Player (by PS) once (‘00)
  • Best Defensive Player (by DPS) twice (‘98, ‘00), Top 5 six times (‘02, ‘04, ‘07, ‘10), Top 10 seven times (‘06)
  • Tallied 40 assists six times
  • Scored 60 points once, 50 points five times
  • Top 10 in APG once
  • Led the league in Plus/Minus twice
  • 1st Team All Star once, 1st Team All Rookie, 2nd Team All Star three times
  • 5 All Star Game appearances
  • Weekly 3rd Star once.

Great Teams:

  • Best Player on one Runner Up (‘06 Oilers) and one Final Four (‘01 Blues), Best D on one Runner Up (‘10 Flyers), Top 2 D on one Champion (‘07 Ducks)
  • Top 2? D (by points) on one Olympic Champion (‘10 Canada), Top 4? D (by points) on one Olympic Champion (‘02 Canada)
  • Top 4? D (by points) on one World Champion (‘97 Canada)
  • Top 2? D (by points) on one World Junior Champion (‘93 Canada)

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