Does Mats Sundin belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Mats Sundin was inducted into the Hall of Fame very quickly. But there’s controversy over his induction because, unlike many Hall of Famers, Sundin’s case is one built on a consistency argument, not a “peak” or greatness argument.

We talk about Sundin’s case here:

You can see Sundin’s stats below:

Career

  • NHL: 1990-2008; 18 seasons, all quality
  • 564G (21st All Time at his retirement, now 23rd, 1st Swede), 785A (3rd Swede) for 1349P (25th All Time at his retirement, 1st Swede All Time), +73 in 1346 games; 19:50 ATOI (since 1998-99); 114.4 PS
  • Sundin is 3rd All Time in GPG and PPG among Swedish NHL players
  • Sundin is 16th All Time in Offensive Point Shares (1st Swede)
  • Draft: In his draft year (1989), Sundin, drafted 1st overall, is
    • 1st in Goals and Points
    • 2nd in Assists and Games Played
    • 6th in Plus/Minus
  • Era: Of the 9 players to play in at least 1,250 games between 1990 and 2008, Sundin is
  • 82-game average: 34G, 48A for 82P, +4
  • 3-year peak (1992-95): 82-game average of 40G, 54A for 94P, +7 [Note: this is hard to calculate because Sundin’s 3 best years are span 13 seasons]
  • Possession (since 2007-08, i.e. 2 seasons):
    • 52.4% Corsi For
    • 1.3% Relative Corsi For
    • 53.4% Fenwick For
    • 3.4% Relative Fenwick For
  • Playoffs: 38G, 44A for 82P in 91 games, +2
  • Adjusted: 599G (21st All Time), 811A for 1410P (18th All Time)
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 36G, 49A for 86P
  • Sundin is not in the Top 25 of any Adjusted per game category
  • Traded once in his prime:
    • Traded (at 23) with Garth Butcher (31), Todd Warriner (20) and a 1st rounder (became Nolan Baumgartner) for Wendel Clark (27), Lefebvre (26), Landon Wilson (29) and a 1st rounder (turned into nobody).
    • Rights traded at end of career but allowed to lapse.

Accomplishments:

  • Top 5 Offensive Player once (‘02), Top 10 twice (‘97)
  • Scored 45 goals once, 40 goals three times, 35 goals four times, 30 goals thirteen times (1 of only 10 players ever), 25 goals fifteen times (1 of only 11 players), 20 goals seventeen times (1 of only 14 players ever), i.e. all but one year he was in the league
  • Tallied 60 assists once, 50 assists five times, 40 assists thirteen times (1 of only 22 players ever)
  • Scored 110 points once, 90 points twice, 80 points six times, 70 points fifteen times (1 of only 6 players ever) including 12 straight seasons, 50 points sixteen times (1 of only 23 players)
  • Top 5 in Goals once, Top 10 three times
  • Top 10 in GPG twice
  • Top 10 in Assists once
  • Top 5 in Points once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 10 in PPG once
  • 2nd Team All Star twice
  • 8 All Star Game appearances
  • Three Stars:
    • Weekly 1st Star once
    • Weekly 3rd Star once.

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best Player on one Final Four (‘99 Leafs),
    • Injured (missed 12 games) on one Final Four (‘02 Leafs)
  • Olympics:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Olympic Champion (‘06 Sweden)
  • Canada/World Cup:
    • Best Player? (“All Star”) on two semi-finalists (‘91, ‘96 Sweden) [Not sure 1991 should count as a “Great Team” as they were technically in 4th place by goal differential]
  • World Championships:
    • Tournament MVP on one World Championship Runner Up (‘03 Sweden)
    • Best Player (led tournament in points) on one World Championship Bronze (‘94 Sweden)
    • Best Player? (led tournament in points but not given any awards) on one World Champion (‘91 Sweden)
    • Best Skater (awarded “Best Forward”) on one World Champion (‘92 Sweden)
    • Top 3 Forward (“Media All Star”) on one World Champion (‘98 Sweden)
    • Role Player (by points and games) on one World Champion Runner Up (‘90 Sweden)
    • Injured (missed 7 of 9 games) on one World Championship Bronze (‘01 Sweden)

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