Does Sergei Zubov Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

by Eric Wallace from Plano, Texas, USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Sergei Zubov was one of the best defencemen in the NHL for nearly two decades yet he is not in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Why is that? Is it because he’s Russian? Is it because he played most of his career in Dallas and wasn’t watched enough? In this episode, we marvel at how Zubov is not in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Listen here:

Here are Zubov’s stats:

Career:

  • NHL: 1992-2009; 16 seasons, 15 quality
  • 152G, 619A (16th D All Time, 2nd Russian skater) for 771P (19th D), +148 (4th Russian skater) in 1068 games; 26:14 ATOI (since 1998-99); 136.8 PS (18th D, 3rd Russian skater)
  • Zubov is 15th All Time in APG and 18th in PPG among defencemen
  • Zubov is 20th All Time in Defensive Point Shares (1st Russian)
  • Zubov is 14th All Time in Offensive Point Shares among defencemen
  • Draft: In his draft class (1990), Zubov, drafted 85th overall is
    • 18th in Goals
    • 3rd in Assists
    • 7th in Points
    • 2nd in Plus/Minus
    • 12th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 53 players to play in at least 1,000 games between 1992 and 2009, Zubov is
    • 37th in Goals
    • 39th in GPG
    • 9th in Assists
    • 7th in APG
    • 20th in Points and Offensive Point Shares
    • 19th in PPG
    • 4th in Plus/Minus
    • 3rd in Defensive Point Shares
    • 5th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 11G, 48A for 59P, +11
  • 3-year peak (2002-06)*: 82-game average of 11G, 47A for 58P, +14; 26:02 ATOI; 11 PS
  • Possession (since 2007-08, 56 games over 2 seasons):
    • 51.8% Corsi For
    • 0.7% Relative Corsi For
    • 49.4% Fenwick For
    • -1.1% Fenwick For
  • Playoffs: 24G, 93A for 117P, +28 in 164 games
  • Adjusted: 165G, 657A for 822P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 13G, 50A for 63P
  • Adjusted PPG: If the qualifier is set to 1,000 games played, Zubov is not in the Top 25 in Adjusted PPG
  • Traded twice in his prime.

Accomplishments:

  • Top 5 in Norris voting twice
  • Best Defensive Player (by DPS) once (‘01), Top 5 four times (‘99, ‘06, ‘07), Top 10 seven times (‘98, ‘00, ‘03)
  • Tallied 70 assists once (1 of only 9 D ever), 50 assists three times (1 of only 21 D), 40 assists eight times (1 of only 15 D)
  • Scored 80* points once (1 of only 18 D ever), 70 points twice (1 of only 25 D), 60 points three times, 50 points eight times (1 of only 19 D)
  • Top 5 in Assists once, Top 10 three times
  • Top 5 in APG once
  • 2nd Team All Star once
  • 3 All Star Game appearances.

Great Teams:

  • Best D on one Champion (‘99 Stars), Best D (by points) on two Final Fours (‘96 Penguins, ‘98 Stars), Best D (by ATOI, but missed 7 games) on one Final Four (‘08 Stars), Top 2??? D (missed 5 games but led team D in scoring) on one Runner Up (‘00 Stars), Top 2 D (by points) on one Champion (‘94 Rangers)
  • Top 6? D (by points) on one Olympic Champion (‘92 Unified Team)
  • Best? D (by points) on one World Junior Champion (‘89 USSR), Top 2? D (by points, and someone else on the team won an award) on one WJC Runner Up (‘90 USSR)
  • “Top Defenceman” (tournament award) on one European Junior Championship Bronze (‘88 USSR)
  • Unknown Role on one Spengler Cup Champion (‘91 HC CSKA Moscow)
  • Unknown Role on one Super Series Champion (‘91 HC CSKA Moscow)
  • Unknown Role on two European Cup Champions (‘89, ‘90 HC CSKA Moscow)
  • Unknown Role on one Soviet League Champion (‘89 HC CSKA Moscow)

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