Does Rob Blake Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Rob Blake was one of the star offensive defencemen of his era. But he likely didn’t deserve his Norris Trophy the year he won it. Does he still belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Rob Blake’s stats:

Career:

  • NHL: 1989-2010; 20 seasons, 14 quality (by DPS)
  • 240G (10th D All Time), 537A (22nd D) for 777P (18th), -4 in 1270 games; 24:54 ATOI (since 1998-99) 127.5 PS (21st D)
  • Blake is 13th All Time in GPG and 18th in PPG among defencemen
  • Blake is 11th All Time in Offensive Point Shares among defencemen
  • Draft: In his draft class (1988), Blake, drafted 70th overall is
    • 11th in Goals
    • 7th in Assists
    • 9th in Points
    • 41st (ish) in Plus/Minus
    • 8th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 9 defencemen to play in at least 1250 games between 1989 and 2010, Blake is
    • 1st in Goals and GPG
    • 4th in Assists and PS
    • 3rd in APG
    • 2nd in Points, PPG and OPS
    • 8th (2nd last) in Plus/Minus and DPS
  • 82-game average: 16G, 34A for 50P, 0
  • 3-year peak (1999-02): 82-game average of 20G, 45P, 65P, +11; 27:57 ATOI
  • Possession (since 2007-08):
    • 48.6% Corsi For
    • -5% Relative Corsi For
    • 48.9% Fenwick For
    • -4.5% Relative Fenwick For
  • Playoffs: 26G, 47A for 73P, 0 in 146 games
  • Adjusted: 255G, 551A for 807P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 16G, 136A for 52P
  • Adjusted PPG: If the qualifier is set to 1,250 games played, Blake is not in the Top 25 in Adjusted PPG (obviously)
  • Traded once in his prime.

Accomplishments:

  • Norris (‘98)
  • Top 6 in Norris voting a further six times, Top 5 in Calder voting
  • Top 10 Player (by PS) once (‘02)
  • Top 5 Defensive Player (by DPS) once (‘02)
  • Scored 20 goals twice, 15 goals seven times (1 of only 17 D ever)
  • Tallied 40 assists four times
  • Scored 60 points once, 50 points seven times (1 of only 24 D)
  • 1st Team All Star once, 1st Team All Rookie, 2nd Team All Star three times
  • 7 All Star Game appearances.

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best D on one Champion (‘01 Avalanche),
    • Top 2 D on one Runner Up (‘02 Avalanche), Top 2 D on one Final Four (‘10 Sharks),
    • Top 4 D (by points) on one Runner Up (‘93 Kings)
  • Olympics:
    • Best? D (by points) on one Olympic Champion (‘02 Canada)
  • World Cup:
    • Top 4? D (by points) on one World Cup Runner Up (‘96 Canada)
  • World Championship:
    • “Best Defenceman” (tournament award) on one World Champion (‘97 Canada),
    • Top 4? D (by points) on one World Champion (‘94 Canada),
    • Reserve or injured? (by games played) on one World Champion Runner Up (‘91 Canada)

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