Does Jack Darragh Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

As with all our old timers, the question for us is, “How good was Jack Darragh?” Was he really a great player or was he merely someone who the voters fondly remembered?

In this episode, we examine his case. Listen here:

Ziggy Palffy, Martin St. Louis, Jack Darragh

Jack Darragh’s Career

  • NHL:
    • 1917-21, 1922-4; 6 seasons, 5 quality
    • Totals:
      • 66G (12th at his retirement),
      • 46A (7th) for
      • 112P (11th) in
      • 121 games (16th);
      • 10 PS (17th);
      • At his retirement, Darragh was 11th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
    • Per Game: Obviously Darragh doesn’t qualify but if the qualifier is set to 82 games, at his retirement, Darragh was
      • 13th in GPG,
      • 5th in APG and
      • 11th in PPG
    • 82-game average: 45G, 31A for 76P
    • 3-year peak (1918-21): 24-game average of 18G, 12A for 29P
    • Playoffs: 3G for 3P in 11 games
    • Adjusted:
      • Hockey-Reference:
        • 89G,
        • 218A for
        • 397P
        • Adjusted 82-game average: 60G, 148A for 269P
        • Per Game: Doesn’t qualify however if the qualifier is an absurdly low 82 games, Darragh is
          • 5th All Time in Adjusted PPG
      • VsX: Doesn’t qualify
    • Never traded.
  • NHA:
    • 1910-17; 7 seasons, all quality?
    • Totals:
      • 122G (probably 8th All Time),
      • 16A (as high as 14th All Time) for
      • 138P (as high as 8th All Time) in
      • 132 games (maybe 2nd All Time)
    • Per Game: If the qualifier is 82 games, Darragh is as high as
      • 8th All Time in GPG and PPG, and
      • 12th All time in APG
    • 20-game average: 18G, 2A for 21P
    • Did not calculate a 3-year peak
    • Playoffs: 6G for 6P in 7 games
    • Never traded.

Jack Darragh’s Accomplishments

  • NHL:
    • Top Player:
      • Top 10 Offensive Player (by OPS) twice (’19, ’20)
      • Top 10 Defensive Player* (by DPS) once (’20)
    • Goals:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Top 10 in Goals three times
      • GPG leader-boards:
        • Top 10 in GPG twice
      • Single-season totals:
        • 20 goals once
    • Assists:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Led the league in Assists once (tied the single season record),
        • Top 5 twice,
        • Top 10 three times
      • APG leader-boards:
        • Led the league in APG once,
        • Top 5 twice,
        • Top 10 three times
    • Points:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Top 5 in Points once,
        • Top 10 four times
      • PPG leader-boards:
        • Top 5 in PPG once,
        • Top 10 four times.
  • NHA:
    • Goals:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Top 5 in Goals once,
        • Top 10 three times
      • GPG leader-boards
        • Probably Top 10 in GPG three times
    • Assists:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Maybe Top 10 in Assists twice
      • APG leader-boards:
        • Possibly Top 10 in APG twice, but possibly only once or even never
    • Points:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Top 5 in Points once,
        • Top 10 three times
      • PPG leader-boards:
        • Probably Top 10 in PPG three times [It’s worth noting that though he may have been in the Top 10 he had slightly more than half the PPG of the league leader in all three seasons]

Jack Darragh’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Stanley Cup Champion (’23 Senators) and one NHL Runner Up (’19 Senators) and on one Stanley Cup Champion when there was no NHL playoff (’20 Senators),
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one Stanley Cup Champion (’21 Senators) and one NHL Runner Up (’24 Senators)
  • NAH:
    • Top 3? Forward (by points) on one National Hockey Association Champion Stanley Cup Runner Up (’15 Senators),
    • Reserve? (by games played) on one Stanley Cup Champion from the National Hockey Association (’11 Senators)

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