Does Brendan Shanahan Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Does Brendan Shanahan belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? It’s a silly question about one of the greatest power forwards ever. We still ask it and talk about his case.

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Shanahan’s stats:

Career:

  • NHL: 1987-2009; 21 seasons, 19 quality
  • 656G (13th All Time), 698A for 1354P (20th Canadian All Time), +151 in 1524 games; 18:08 ATOI (since 1998-99); 148 PS (20th Canadian)
  • Shanahan is 19th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • Draft: In his draft class (1987), Shanahan, drafted 2nd overall, is
    • 1st in Goals and Games Played
    • 3rd in Assists and Plus/Minus
    • 2nd in Points
  • Era: Shanahan is the only player to play in at least 1,500 games between 1987 and 2009, so…Of the 25 players to play in at least 1,250 games between 1987 and 2009, Shanahan is
    • 2nd in Goals
    • 5th in GPG, Points, Offensive Point Shares and Point Shares
    • 12th in Assists and PPG
    • 14th in APG
    • 6th in Plus/Minus
  • 82-game average: 35G, 38A for 73P, +8
  • 3-year peak (1992-95): 82-game average of 49G, 46A for 95P, +3
  • Possession (since 2007-08):
    • 50.4% Corsi For
    • -6.9% Relative Corsi For
    • 51.8% Fenwick For
    • -6.6% Relative Fenwick For
  • Playoffs: 60G, 74A for 134P, +34 in 184 games
  • Adjusted: 672G (8th All Time), 704A for 1376P (24th All Time)
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 36G, 39A for 74P
  • Not in the Top 25 in Adjusted PG
  • Trades:
    • Traded in his prime for Chris Pronger
    • Traded in his prime with Brian Glynn for Paul Coffey, Keith Primeau and a 1st round pick.

Accomplishments:

  • King Clancy (‘03)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player twice (‘94, ‘00), Top 10 four times (‘97, ‘02)
  • Scored 50 goals twice, 45 goals three times, 40 goals six times (1 of only 23 players ever), 35 goals seven times, 30 goals twelve times (1 of only 13 players ever), 25 goals sixteen times (1 of only 7 players), 20 goals nineteen times (1 of only 4 players – Howe, Francis, Andreychuk are the others)
  • Tallied 50 assists once, 40 assists six times
  • Scored 100 points once, 90 points twice, 80 points four times, 70 points nine times, 60 points thirteen times (1 of only 25 players ever), 50 points seventeen times (1 of only 16 players)
  • Top 5 in Goals once, Top 10 five times
  • Top 5 in GPG once, Top 10 four times
  • Top 10 Points twice
  • Top 10 in Plus/Minus twice
  • 1st Team All Star twice, 2nd team once
  • 8 All Star Game appearances
  • Three Stars:
    • Weekly 3rd Star once.

Accomplishments:

  • Top 3 Forward on one Champion (‘02 Red Wings), Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘97 Red Wings), Top 6 Forward (by points, but missed 2 games) on one Champion (‘98 Red Wings), Role Player (by points) on one Final Four (‘88 Devils)
  • Role Player (by points) on one Olympic Champion (‘02 Canada)
  • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one World Cup Runner Up (‘96 Canada), Role Player (by points) on one Canada Cup Champion (‘91 Canada)
  • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one World Champion (‘94 Canada).

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