Does Tim Kerr Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Who is the only eligible NHL player to be in the Top 10 in Goals Per Game but not in the Hall of Fame? Why it’s Tim Kerr, who is 10th All Time in GPG and, yes, not in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

How is it that one of the best goal scorers in the history of the NHL is no the the Hall of Fame? We talk about that, and Kerr’s overall case in general, in this episode.

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Tim Kerr’s stats:

Career:

  • NHL: 1980-1993; 13 seasons, 7 quality.
  • 370G, 304A for 674P, +77 in 655 games; 58.2 PS (no ice-time available)
  • Kerr is 10th all-time in GPG
  • Draft: Kerr was not drafted – of the hundreds of undrafted players to play in at least 500 games since expansion, Kerr is
    • 12th in Goals
    • 3rd in GPG
    • 57th in Assists
    • 36th in APG
    • 28th in Points
    • 10th in PPG
    • 24th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 45th in Point Shares
    • 61st in Plus/Minus
    • But 129th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the hundreds of players to play in at least 500 games between 1980 and 1993, Kerr is
    • 23rd in Goals
    • 8th in GPG
    • 97th in Assists
    • 98th in APG
    • 46th in Points
    • 28th in PPG
    • 34th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 59th in Point Shares
    • But 127th in games played
  • 82 game average: 46G, 38A for 84P, +10
  • 3 year peak (1984-87): 82-game average of 62G, 39A for 101P, +24 (of course, he never played a full season)
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs: 40G, 31A for 71P, +2 in 81 games
  • Adjusted: 297G, 245A for 542P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 37G, 31A for 68P
  • Kerr is not remotely in the Top 25 of any adjusted PG category
  • Traded twice at the end of his career, left unprotected in an expansion draft. Trades:
    • Traded at 31 for Brian Mullen (28)
    • Traded at 32 for future considerations

Accomplishments:

  • Masterton (‘89)
  • Top 10 Player (by PS) once (‘87)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘87), Top 10 twice (‘85)
  • Scored 55 goals twice (1 of only 15 players ever – 12 at his retirement), 50 goals four times (1 of only 14 players – 12 at his retirement), 45 goals five times (1 of only 18 players – 14 at his retirement), 20 goals eight times
  • 40 assists twice;
  • Scored 90 points three times, 80 points five times, 50 points six times
  • Top 5 in Goals three times, Top 10 five times
  • Top 5 in GPG four times, Top 10 six times
  • Top 10 in Points once
  • Top 10 in PPG once
  • Top 10 in Plus/Minus once
  • 2nd Team All Star once
  • 3 All Star Games appearances.

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘89 Flyers)
    • Best Forward (by PPG) on one Runner Up (‘85 Flyers) but missed 7 games (still 2nd on team in points),
    • Possibly Best Forward (by PPG) on one Runner Up (‘87 Flyers) but missed over half the playoffs due to injury

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