Does Doug Gilmour Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

A friend of ours used to claim that Doug Gilmour didn’t belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame because he had “one good year.” This friend used to compare Gilmour’s stats to Kirk Muller’s, apparently because he didn’t know he could look them up on the internet.

Gilmour was only rarely a star offensively but was one of the elite defensive forwards of his era, receiving numerous Selke nominations. In this episode, we discuss whether he should have been inducted and where he ranks among the great players of his era. Listen here:

Gilmour’s stats:

Career:

  • NHL: 1983-2003; 20 seasons, 19 quality
  • 450G, 964A (14th All Time, 11th at his retirement) for 1414P (19th, 13th at his retirement), +129 in 1474 games (12th at his retirement)
  • Draft: In his draft class (1982), Gilmour, drafted 134th overall, is
    • 4th in Goals and Point Shares
    • 1st in Assists and Points
    • 3rd in Plus/Minus
  • Era: Of the 18 players to play in at least 1250 games between 1983 and 2003, Gilmour is
    • 7th in Goals, APG and PPG
    • 9th in GPG and Offensive Point Shares
    • 6th in Assists
    • 4th in Points
    • 11th in Point Shares
    • 8th in Plus/Minus
  • 82-game average: 25G, 53A, 79P, +7
  • 3-year peak (1991-94): 29G, 81A for 110P, +28
  • Gilmour retired five seasons before possession stats were tracked
  • Playoffs: 60G (25th All Time at his retirement), 128A (6th All Time, 5th at his retirement) for 188P (8th All Time, 6th at his retirement), +27 in 182 games
  • Adjusted: 414G, 907A for 1321P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 23G, 50A for 73P
  • Gilmour is obviously not on any adjusted PG leaderboards
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 25 (due to off-ice issue we should not ignore) with Mark Hunter (25), Steve Bozek (28) and Michael Dark (about to turn 25) for Mike Bullard (27), Craig Coxe (24) and Tim Corkery (OOF)
    • Traded at 28:
      • with Jamie Macoun (30), Ric Nattress (29), Kent Manderville (20) and Rick Wamsley (33)
      • for Gary Leeman (27), Alexander Godynyuk (about to turn 22), Jeff Reese (25), Michael Petit (27) and Craig Berube (26).
    • Traded at 33 with Dave Ellett (about to turn 33) and a 3rd rounder (never played) for Jason Smith (23), Steve Sullivan (22) and Alyn McCauley (19)
    • Traded at 36 with JP Dumont (28) for Michal Grosek (24) (oof)
    • Traded at 39 for a 6th round pick (Mark Flood) and then boom.

Accomplishments:

  • Selke (‘93)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting three times
  • Top 5 in Selke voting a further four times
  • Top 10 Offensive Player once (‘87)
  • Scored 40 goals once, 35 goals twice, 30 goals four times, 25 goals ten times, 20 goals fourteen times (1 of only 17 players at his retirement)
  • Tallied 90 assists once (1 of only 11 players ever, 80 assists twice (1 of only 12 players ever), 60 assists seven times (1 of only 15 players ever, 12 players at his retirement), 50 assists nine times (1 of only 23 players ever, 20 players at his retirement), 40 assists thirteen times (1 of only 22 players ever, 17 at his retirement)
  • Scored 120 points once, 110 points twice (1 of only 25 players ever at his retirement), 100 points three times, 90 points four times, 80 points nine times (1 of only 25 players ever, 21 at his retirement), 70 points evelen times, 50 points sixteen times (1 of only 23 players ever, 16 at his retirement)
  • Top 10 in Goals once
  • Top 5 in Assists three times, Top 10 five times
  • Top 5 in APG twice, Top 10 five times
  • Top 5 in Points twice, Top 10 three times
  • Top 5 in PPG once, Top 10 three times
  • Top 5 in Plus/Minus once, Top 10 twice
  • 2 All Star Game appearances.
  • Non-NHL:
    • Red Tilson (‘83) – OHL MVP
    • Eddie Powers (‘83) – OHL Art Ross

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best Player (led the playoffs in assists and plus/minus, led his team in points by 15 over 21 games) on one Final Four (‘93 Leafs)
    • Best Player? (tied for the playoff lead in points with a teammate) on one Final Four (‘86 Blues)
    • Best Player or Skater (by points) on one Final Four (‘94 Leafs)
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘89 Flames)
  • Canada Cup:
    • Role Player on one Canada Cup Champion (‘87 Canada)
  • Junior:
    • Top 6? Forward (by points?) on one Memorial Cup Champion (‘81 Royals)


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