Does Martin St Louis Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Martin St. Louis will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame in October. Yet there are people who strongly believe he either doesn’t belong or that he should have “wait.” (Why someone should have to wait, we don’t know.)

In our latest episode, we talk about how open and shut St. Loui’s Hall of Fame inclusion case truly is even though one of us doesn’t personally like the guy for no particular reason. Listen here:

St. Louis’ stats:

Career:

  • NHL: 1998-2015; 16 seasons, 15 quality
  • 391G, 642A for 1033P, +37 in 1134 games; 20:23 ATOI; 114.8 PS
  • Draft class: Undrafted; among all undrafted NHL skaters since the NHL expanded in 1968, St Louis is
    • 10th in Goals
    • 31st in GPG
    • 6th in Assists
    • 22nd in APG
    • 8th in Points
    • 18th in PPG
    • 111th in Plus/Minus
    • 6th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 5th in Point Shares
    • 7th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 43 players to play in at least 1,000 games between 1998 and 2015, St. Louis is
    • 6th in Goals, APG and OPS
    • 9th in GPG and Point Shares
    • 3rd in Assists
    • 4th in Points
    • 5th in PPG
    • 20th in Plus/Minus
  • 82-game average: 28G, 47A for 75P, +3
  • 3-year peak (2010-13): 82-game average of 29G, 65A for 93P, -1
  • Possession (since 2007-08):
    • 49.3% Corsi For
    • -0.7% Relative Corsi For
    • 49.3% Fenwick For
    • -1% Relative Fenwick For
  • Playoffs: 42G, 48A for 90P, +1 in 107 games
  • Adjusted: 445G, 721A for 1166P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 32G, 52A for 84P
  • Adjusted Per Game: St. Louis is not remotely in the Top 25 in any Adjusted PG category
  • Never traded.

Accomplishments:

  • Hart (‘04)
  • Ted Lindsay (‘04)
  • Art Ross twice (‘04, ‘13)
  • Byng three times (‘10, ‘11, ‘13)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting one other time, Top 5 in Selke voting once
  • Top 5 Player (by Point Shares) once (‘04)
  • Best Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘04), Top 5 twice (‘11), Top 10 four times (‘07, ‘13)
  • Scored 40 goals once, 35 goals twice, 30 goals seven times, 25 goals ten times, 20 goals eleven times
  • Tallied 60 assists twice (1 of only 8 RWs ever), 50 assists six times (1 of only 7 RWs), 40 assists eight times
  • Scored 100 points once, 90 points four times, 80 points six times, 70 points eight times, 60 points eleven times, 50 points twelve times
  • Top 5 in Goals twice
  • Top 5 in GPG once, Top 10 twice
  • Led the league in Assists twice, Top 5 four times, Top 10 six times
  • Top 5 in APG twice, Top 10 five times
  • Led the league in Points twice, Top 5 four times, Top 10 five times
  • Top 5 in PPG three times, Top 10 six times
  • Led the league in Plus/Minus once
  • 1st Team All Star once, 2nd Team four times
  • 6 All Star Game Appearances
  • Three Stars:
    • Weekly 1st Star twice
    • Weekly 3rd Star once.

Great Teams:

  • Best Skater? on one Final Four (‘11 Lightning), Top 3 Forward (led playoffs in assists) on one Champion (‘04 Lightning) and one Runner Up (‘14 Rangers), Top 6 Forward on one Final Four (‘15 Rangers)
  • Role Player (by points) on one Olympic Champion (‘14 Canada)
  • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one World Cup Champion (‘04 Canada)
  • Media All Star (led tournament in points) on one World Champion Runner Up (‘09 Canada), Top 6 Forward (by points) on one World Champion Runner Up (‘08 Canada)

 

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