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.

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Chris Pronger’s Career:

  • NHL: 1993-2012; 18 seasons, 16 quality
  • Totals:
    • 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:
    • Hockey Reference:
      • 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)
    • VsX:
      • Doesn’t qualify for goals or points
      • 620A
      • Pronger is not on any Adjusted PG leader-boards obviously
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 20 for Brendan Shanahan (26)
    • Traded at 30 for Eric Brewer (26), Doug Lynch (22) and Jeff Woywitka (21)
    • Traded at 31 for Joffrey Lupul (22), Ladislav Smid (20), a 2007 First Rounder (Nick Ross), a 2008 First Rounder (Jordan Eberle) and a 2008 Second Rounder (Travis Hamonic)
    • Traded at 34 with Ryan Dingle for Joffery Lupul (25), Luca Sbisa (29), a 2009 First Rounder (John Moore), a 2010 First Rounder (Emerson Etem) and future considerations

Chris Pronger’s Accomplishments:

  • Hart (‘00),
  • Norris (‘00)
  • Top 5 in Norris voting a further six times
  • Back Check Best Player (’00)
  • Back Check MVP (’00)
  • Top Player:
    • 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)
  • Assists:
    • Top 10 in APG once
    • Tallied 40 assists six times
  • Points:
    • Scored 60 points once,
    • 50 points five times
  • Led the league in Plus/Minus twice
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star once,
    • 1st Team All Rookie,
    • 2nd Team All Star three times
    • 5 All Star Game appearances
    • Weekly 3rd Star once.

Chris Pronger’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • 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)
  • Olympics:
    • Top 2? D (by points) on one Olympic Champion (‘10 Canada),
    • Top 4? D (by points) on one Olympic Champion (‘02 Canada)
  • World Championships:
    • Top 4? D (by points) on one World Champion (‘97 Canada)
  • WJCs:
    • Top 2? D (by points) on one World Junior Champion (‘93 Canada)

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