Does Alexander Mogilny Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Alex Mogilny had one of the best goal-scoring seasons in the history of the NHL and one other pretty dominant season. But the knock on him was his consistency, as he had very mediocre years in between his good years.

Mogilny is also notable for being one of the last USSR players to defect to the States, and having never played internationally for Russia once he did so.

In this episode, we discuss his convoluted case for induction:

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Here are his stats:


  • NHL: 1989-2006; 16 seasons, 14 quality
  • 473G (3rd Russian), 559A for 1032P (3rd Russian), +81 in 990 games; 111.5 PS; 18:32 ATOI (since 1998-99)
  • Mogilny is 4th All time in GPG and PPG among Russian-born NHL players
  • Draft: Mogilny was drafted 89th overall in 1988, in his class he is
    • 5th in Goals
    • 6th in Assists, Points and Point Shares
    • 7th in Plus/Minus
    • Despite being 14th in Games Played
  • Era: of the 79 players to play in 950 games between 1989 and 2006, Mogilny is:
    • 15th in Goals,
    • 5th in GPG,
    • 22nd in APG and PS,
    • 20th in Points,
    • 8th in PPG,
    • 12th in OPS
  • 82-game average: 39G, 46A for 85P, +7; 9.2 PS
  • 3-year peak (1991-94): 84-game average of 57G, 57A for 115P, +9; 12 PS
  • Playoffs: 39G, 47A for 86P, -2 in 124 games
  • Adjusted: 480G, 574P for 1054P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 40G, 48A for 87P
  • If the qualifier is set at 750 games, Mogilny is 23rd All Time in Adjusted PPG
  • Traded twice in his prime, waived out of the league:
    • At 26, he was traded with a 5th round pick (which didn’t amount to anything) for Mike Peca (21), Mike Wilson (20) and a 1st round pick (Jay McKee)
    • At 31, he was traded for Brendan Morrison (24) and Denis Pederson (24).


  • Lady Byng (’03)
  • Top 5 Player (by PS) once (’93)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) three times (’93, ’96, ’01)
  • Scored 75 goals once (1 of only 6 players ever), 55 goals twice (1 of only 15 players ever), 40 goals thrice, 35 goals four times, 30 goals eight times, 20 goals ten times
  • Tallied 50 assists twice, 40 assists seven times
  • Scored 120 points once, 100 points twice, 80 points four times, 70 points seven times, 60 points eight times, 50 points nine times
  • Led the league in Goals once, Top 5 twice, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in GPG thrice, Top 10 four times
  • Top 10 in Points twice
  • Top 5 in PPG once, Top 10 twice
  • 2nd Team All Star twice
  • 4 All Star Appearances.

Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward on one Runner Up (’01 Devils),
    • Top 6 Forward on one Champion (’00 Devils) and one Final Four (’02 Maple Leafs)
  • Olympics:
    • Top 9? Forward (by points) on one Olympic Champion (’88 USSR)
  • World Championships:
    • Top 9? Forward (by points) on one World Champion (’89 USSR)
  • WJCs:
    • Best Player (awarded “Best Forward”)  on one World Junior Championship Runner up (’88 USSR),
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one World Junior Champion (’89 USSR).

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