Does Joe Nieuwendyk Belong in the Hockey of Fame?

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Joe Nieuwendyk as an elite goal-scoring centre who transitioned into one of the great two-way forwards of his era. But did he really deserve his Conny Smythe Trophy? If he didn’t, what does that do to his Hall of Fame case?

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Nieuwendyk’s stats:

Career:

  • 1986-2007; 20 seasons, 18 quality
  • 564G (19th All Time at his retirement, now 23rd), 562A for 1126P, +155 in 1257 games; 16:11 ATOI (since 1998-99); 120 PS
  • Draft: 27th overall in 1985, Nieuwendyk is
    • 1st in Goals, Assists, Points, Plus/Minus, Games Played
    • 2nd in Point Shares
  • Era: Of the 32 players to play in at least 1250 games between 1985 and 2007, Nieuwendyk is
    • 7th in Goals
    • 5th in GPG
    • 23rd in Assists
    • 21st in APG
    • 17th in Points
    • 15th in PPG
    • 11th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 17th in Point Shares
    • 8th in Plus/Minus
  • 82-game average: 37G, 37A for 74P, +10
  • 3-year peak (1987-90): 82-game average of 54G, 43A for 95P, +28
  • No possession stats as Nieuwendyk retired the year before the NHL started tracking them
  • Playoffs: 66G (19th All Time), 50A for 116P, -5 in 158 games
  • Adjusted: 560G, 564A for 1124P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 37G, 37A for 73P
  • Obviously Nieuwendyk is not on any Adjusted PG leaderboards
  • Traded once in his prime and once after:
    • Traded at 29 for Corey Millen (31) and Jarome Iginla (18)
    • Traded at 35 with Jamie Langenbrunner (26) for Jason Arnott (27), Randy McKay (38) and a 1st round pick (Daniel Paille).

Accomplishments:

  • Conn Smythe (‘99)
  • Calder (‘88)
  • Clancy (‘95)
  • Top 10 Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘98)
  • Scored 50 goals tice, 45 goals four times, 35 goals seven times, 30 goals eight times, 25 goals twelve times, 20 goals fifteen times
  • Tallied 50 assists once, 40 assists three times
  • Scored 90 points twice, 80 points four times, 70 points six times, 60 points seven times, 50 points fifteen times
  • Top 5 in Goals twice, Top 10 five times
  • Top 10 in Plus/Minus once
  • 1st Team All Rookie
  • 4 All Star Game appearances
  • Three Stars: Rookie of the Month once.

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
  • Olympics:
    • Top 9 Forward (by points) on one Olympic Champion (‘02 Canada)
  • World Championships:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘86 Canada)

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