Does Joe Sakic Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Joe Sakic was one of the great centers of his era, dominating during a hard time to score and then scoring consistently for a very long time. The question isn’t whether he belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but where he ranks among the greatest centres of all time.

Listen to us discuss Joe Sakic here:

Career

  • NHL: 1988-2009; 20 seasons, 19 quality
  • 625G (15th All Time), 1016A (13th) for 1641P (9th), +30 in 1378 games; 21:39 ATOI (since 1998-99); 167.8 PS (22nd)
  • Sakic is currently 15th All Time in APG and 11th in PPG
  • Sakic is 7th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • In his draft class (1987), Sakic, drafted 15th overall, is
    • 4th in Games but
    • 2nd in Goals,
    • 1st in Assists and Points,
    • 12th in Plus Minus
  • Sakic is 7th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • Era: Of the 19 skaters to play in 1250 or more games between 1988 and 2009, Sakic is
    • 3rd in Goals and Point Shares
    • 2nd in GPG, APG, PPG and OPS
    • 1st in Assists and Points
    • 14th in Plus/Minus
  • 82-game average: 37G, 61A for 98P, +2
  • 3-year peak (1990-93): 80-game average of 43G, 65A for 109P, -7
  • Playoffs: 84G (7th All Time), 104A (21st) for 188P (8th), -2 in 172 games; 22:30 ATOI
  • Sakic is 21st All Time in playoff GPG and 14th in playoff PPG
  • Adjusted: 643G (14th All Time), 1036A (9th) for 1679P (6th)
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 38G, 62A for 100P
  • Sakic is 14th All Time in Adjusted APG and 17th in Adjusted PPG
  • Never traded.

Accomplishments

  • Hart (’01), Ted Lindsay (’01)
  • Lady Byng (’01)
  • Conn Smythe (’96)
  • Top 5 in Selke voting once
  • Best Player (by PS) once (’01), Top 10 twice (’96)
  • Best Offensive Player (by OPS) once (’01), Top 5 three times (’91, ’96), Top 10 seven times (’95, ’99, ’04, ’07)
  • Scored 50 goals twice, 45 goals four times, 40 goals five times, 35 goals seven times, 30 goals nine times, 25 goals fifteen times (1 of only 11 players ever), 20 goals seventeen times (1 of only 14 players)
  • Tallied 60 assists seven times (1 of only 15 players ever), 50 assists fourteen times (1 of only 5 players), 40 assists fifteen times (1 of only 13 players)
  • Scored 120 points once, 110 points twice, 100 points six times (1 of only 14 players ever), 90 points nine times (1 of only 8 players), 80 points twelve times (1 of only 6 players), 70 points fourteen times (1 of only 8 players), 60 points seventeen times (1 of only 7 players), 50 points eighteen times (1 of only 9 players)
  • Top 5 in Goals twice, Top 10 five times
  • Top 5 in GPG twice, Top 10 four times
  • Top 5 in Assists six times, Top 10 nine times
  • Led the league in APG once, Top 5 thrice, Top 10 nine times
  • Top 5 in Points six times, Top 10 times
  • Top 5 in PPG five times, Top 10 nine times
  • Led the league in Plus Minus once, Top 5 twice
  • 1st Team All Star three times
  • 12 All Star Games.

Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • MVP (led playoffs in points) on one Champion (’96 Avalanche),
    • Best Player (led playoffs in assists) on one Final Four (’97 Avalanche),
    • Best Forward (led playoffs in goals and points) on one Champion (’01 Avalanche),
    • Top 3 Forward on three Final Fours (’99, ’00, ’02 Avalanche)
  • Top 6? Forward (by points) on one Olympic Champion (’02 Canada)
  • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one World Cup Champion (’04 Canada), Top 6 Forward (by points) on one World Cup Runner Up (’96 Canada)
  • Best Forward (by points) on one World Champion Runner Up (’91 Canada), Top 6? Forward (by points) on one World Champion (’94 Canada)
  • Top 6? Forward (by points) on one World Junior Champion (’88 Canada).

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