Does Vincent Damphousse Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

By offensive numbers alone, it sure looks like there’s no much of a case for Vincent Damphousse to be included in the Hockey Hall of Fame. However, some of us remember him as being particularly reliable defensively. Was he? Did he do enough on that end? Have we forgotten how good he was because he never won the Selke, or are we mis-remembering?

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Damphousse’s stats:

Career:

  • NHL: 1986-2004; 18 seasons, all quality
  • 432G, 773A for 1205P, +7 in 1378 games; 19:28 ATOI (since 1998-99); 105.4 PS
  • Draft: In his draft year (1986), Damphousse, drafted 6th overall, is
    • 1st in Goals and Points
    • 2nd in Assists
    • 12th in Plus/Minus
  • Era: Of the 11 players (all but two are Hall of Famers) to play in at least 1250 games between 1986 and 2004, Damphousse is
    • 6th in Goals, GPG and Points
    • 4th in Assists and APG
    • 7th in PPG and Offensive Point Shares
    • 9th (3rd last) in Point Shares
    • 10th (2nd last) in Plus/Minus
  • 82-game average: 25G, 46A for 71P, 0
  • 3 year peak (1991-94): 82-game average of 39G, 53A for 91P, +5
  • No possession stats available
  • Playoffs: 41G, 63A for 104P, -6 in 140 games
  • Traded twice in his prime and once after:
    • Part of a 6-player deal for veterans (Anderson, Fuhr and Berube for Damphousse plus Ing and Scott Thornton)
    • Traded for lesser players (Corson, Gilchrist and Vujtek for Damphousse and a late round pick)
    • Trade deadline deal for picks.

Accomplishments:

  • Top 5 in Selke voting once
  • Scored 40 goals once, 35 goals three times, 30 goals four times, 25 goals seven times, 20 goals eleven times
  • Tallied 60 assists once, 50 assists six times, 40 assists ten times
  • Scored 90 points four times, 80 points six times, 70 points eight times, 60 points ten times, 50 points twelve times
  • Top 10 in APG once
  • 3 All Star Game appearances.

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best Skater on one Champion (‘93 Canadiens),
    • Top 3 Forward on one Final Four (‘04 Sharks),
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘92 Oilers)
  • Canada/World Cup:
    • Top 9? Forward (by points) on one World Cup Runner Up (‘96 Canada)

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