Does Ziggy Palffy Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

A lot of people probably think Ziggy Palffy doesn’t have a case in hell for Hall of Fame. Well, we beg top differ.

In our latest episode, hear us make a case for Palffy’s induction, based upon the standards set by previous inductees.

Listen here:

Ziggy Palffy, Martin St. Louis, Jack Darragh

Ziggy Palffy’s Career:

  • NHL: 1993-2006; 12 seasons, 10 quality
  • Totals:
    • 329G,
    • 384A for
    • 713P,
    • +83 in
    • 684 games;
    • 88 PS
  • Per Game: Among Slovak NHL players, Palffy is
    • 1st All Time in GPG,
    • 3rd in APG and
    • 2nd in PPG;
    • 20:44 ATOI (since 1998-99);
  • Draft: In his draft class (1991), Palffy, drafted 26th overall, is
    • 7th in Goals
    • 11th in Assists
    • 8th in Points
    • But 33rd in Games
  • Era: Of the hundreds of players to play in at least 656 games (8 seasons) between 1993 and 2006, Palffy is
    • 14th in Goals
    • 4th in GPG
    • 35th in Assists
    • 28th in APG
    • 19th in APG
    • 22nd in Points
    • 4th in PPG
    • 35th in Plus/Minus
    • 12th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 21st in Point Shares while being
    • 179th in Games
  • 82-game average: 39G, 46A for 85P, +10
  • 3-year peak (1998-01): 82-game average of 38G, 51A for 88P, +15
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs:
    • 9G,
    • 10A for
    • 19P,
    • +4 in
    • 24 games
    • Era: Of the hundreds of skaters to play in 20 playoff games between 1993 and 2006, Palffy is
      • 176th in playoff Goals
      • 23rd in GPG (though he doesn’t qualify for the leader-boards)
      • Not in the Top 200 in playoff Assists
      • 66th in APG (again he doesn’t actually qualify for the leader-board)
      • Not in the Top 200 in playoff Points
      • 31st in PPG (again, not on the leader-board)
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 366G,
      • 418A for
      • 784P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 44G, 50A for 94P (+9P per 82 games)
      • Per Game:
        • 20th All Time in Adjusted GPG
    • VsX:
      • 352G
      • Assists: doesn’t qualify
      • 719P
      • Per Game: Palffy is not in the Top 25
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 27 with Marcel Cousineau (26), Bryan Smolinski (27) and a 1999 4th Rounder (Daniel Johansson) to the Kings for Mathieu Biron (19), Josh Green (21), Oli Jokinen (20) and 1991 1st Rounder (Taylor Pyatt)
  • Czechoslovak Extraliga:
    • 1990-93, 2004-05; 4 seasons, all qualify
    • 124G, 109A for 245P in 179 Games
  • Slovak Extraliga:
    • 1996-97, 1998-99, 2004-05, 2007-2013; 8 seasons, 5 quality
    • 172G, 243A for 415P in 240 Games

Ziggy Palffy’s Accomplishments:

  • Top Player:
    • Top 10 Player (by PS) once (‘98)
    • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘98),
    • Top 10 four times (‘97, ‘01, ‘03)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Goals twice,
      • Top 10 three times
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in GPG once,
      • Top 10 five times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 45 goals twice,
      • 40 goals three times,
      • 35 goals five times,
      • 30 goals six times,
      • 25 goals seven times,
      • 20 goals eight times
  • Assists:
    • 50 assists once,
    • 40 assists five times
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Points once,
      • Top 10 four times
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in PPG once,
      • Top 10 twice
    • Single-season totals:
      • 90 points once,
      • 80 points five times,
      • 60 points six times,
      • 50 points eight times
  • All Star:
    • 3 All Star Game appearances
  • VsX:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 69th All Time
      • Assists: doesn’t qualify
      • Points: 103rd All Time
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 106th All Time
      • Assists: doesn’t qualify
      • Points: 128th All time
  • Non-NHL:
    • Olympics:
      • Led tournament in Points on a non-medalling team (’94 Slovakia)
    • Czechoslovak Extraliga:
      • Rookie of the Year
      • Led the league in Goals once,
      • Led the league in Assists once,
      • Led the league in Points twice
    • Slovak Extraliga:
      • Led the league in Goals once
      • Led the league in Assists once
      • Led the league in Points five times (every year he was in the league for this stint).

Ziggy Palffy’s Great Teams:

  • World Championships:
    • Best Forward (co-led tournament in points) on one World Champion Bronze (‘03 Slovakia),
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one World Champion (‘02 Slovakia)
  • World Juniors”
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one World Junior Bronze (‘91 Czechoslovakia).

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