Does Craig Janney Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Craig Janney is 14th All Time in Assists Per Game, one of only two players in the Top 15 who are not in the Hall of Fame or still active. The big knocks against Janney are his minus, the length of his career and his lack of a truly dominant season.

We talk about Janney’s case here:


  • NHL: 1987-99; 12 seasons, 10 quality
  • 188G, 563A for 751P, -13 in 760 games; 14:16 ATOI (final season); 58.4 PS
  • Janney is 14th All Time in APG (1st American by .09 APG)
  • Draft: In his draft class (1986), Janney, drafted 13th overall, is
    • 9th in Goals
    • 2nd in Assists
    • 4th in Points
    • But 11th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 86 skaters to play in at least 750 games between 1986 and 1999, Janney is
    • 49th in Goals
    • 45th in GPG
    • 13th in Assists
    • 10th in APG
    • 24th in Points
    • 15th in PPG
    • 64th in Plus/Minus
    • 35th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 48th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 21G, 61A for 81P, -1
  • 3-year peak (1991-94): 82-game average of 21G, 78A for 98P, -4
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs: 24G, 86A for 110P, -12 in 120 games
  • Adjusted: 174G, 531A for 705P
  • Adjusted 82-game Average: 19G, 57A for 76P
  • Janney is 24th All Time in Adjusted APG
  • Traded four times in his prime and awarded as compensation once in his prime, traded twice after his prime
    • Prime (5 trades in just over 4 years):
      • Traded at 24 with Stephane Quintal (23) for Adam Oates (29)
      • Traded at 26 at the deadline with a 2nd round pick (Dave Scatchard) as compensation for Petr Nedved (22)
      • Traded back to St. Louis 7 days later for Jeff Brown (27), Bret Hedican (23) and Nathan Lafayette (21)
      • Traded at 28 at the next Deadline for Jeff Norton (29) and Futures
      • Traded at 29 at the next Deadline for Darren Turcotte (28) and a 2nd Rounder (Remi Royer)
    • Post-Prime:
      • Traded at 30 for Louie Debrusk and a 5th Round pick (Jay Leach)
      • Traded at 31 for a 6th round pick (Fedor Fedorov)


  • Top 5 in Calder Voting
  • Scored 25 goals once, 20 goals four times
  • Tallied 80 assists once, 60 assists five times, 40 assists seven times
  • Scored 100 points once, 90 points twice, 80 points five times, 60 points seven times, 50 points nine times
  • Top 5 in Assists once, Top 10 four times
  • Top 10 in APG four times
  • No All Stars.

Great Teams:

  • Best Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘91 Bruins), Top 3 Forward (by points) on two Runners Up (‘88, ‘90 Bruins)
  • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Canada Cup Runner Up (‘91 USA)
  • Injured? on one World Junior Bronze (‘86 USA)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *