Does Mathieu Schneider Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

In journeyman career that saw him play for way too many teams, Mathieu Schneider amassed enough points to make him one of the top 25 offensive defensmen in NHL history (if you go by totals, not per game). That surprised us.

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But Schneider has few individual accolades and not a lot of team success.

So does he belong in the Hall of Fame?

We discuss it on our latest episode. Listen here:

Schneider’s stats:


  • NHL: 1987-2010; 21 seasons, 17? Quality
  • 223G (14th D, 4th American D All Time), 520A (25th D All Time) for 743P (21st D, 5th American D), +66 in 1289 games (19th D, 3rd American D); 132.8 PS (19th D, 5th American D), 22:55 ATOI (since 1998-99)
  • Schneider is 13th All Time in Offensive Point Shares among D
  • Schneider is 4th All Time in Defensive Point Shares among American-born D
  • Draft: drafted 44th overall in 1987, Schneider is
    • 7th in Goals
    • 6th in Assists
    • 6th in Points
    • 6th in Plus/Minus
    • 4th in Point Shares
    • 6th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 11 D to play in at least 1230 games (approximately 15 full seasons) between 1987 and 2010, Schneider is
    • 3rd in Goals
    • 3rd in GPG
    • 7th in Assists
    • 6th in APG
    • 4th in Points
    • 4th in PPG
    • 5th in Plus/Minus
    • 3rd in Offensive Point Shares
    • 4th in Defensive Point Shares
    • 3rd in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 14G, 33A for 48P, +4; 8.4 PS
  • 3-year peak (2002-06): 82-game average of 19G, 38A for 56P, +9; 11.1 PS
  • Possession (since 2007-08, just under 2 full seasons):
    • 51.1% Corsi For
    • 1.2% Relative Corsi For
    • 50.3% Fenwick For
    • 0.3% Relative Fenwick For
  • Playoffs: 11G, 43A for 54P, -9 in 114 games
  • Adjusted: 233G (14th D All Time), 540A (23rd D All Time) for 773P (21st D All Time)
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 15G, 34A for 49P
  • Schneider is not on any adjusted per game leaderboards obviously
  • Trades:
    • Traded immediately after the season at 25 with Kirk Muller (29) and Craig Darby (22) for Pierre Turgeon (25) and Vladimir Malakhov (26)
    • Traded at the trade deadline at 26 with Wendel Clark (29) and DJ Smith (18) for Darby Hendrickson (23), Sean Haggerty (20), Kenny Jonsson (21) and a 1st rounder (Roberto Luongo
    • Held out as an RFA so he was traded at 29 for Alexander Karpovtsev (28) and a 4th round pick (turned into nothing)
    • Left exposed in the Blue Jackets expansion draft at 31
    • Traded at the trade deadline at 33 for Sean Avery (22), Maxim Kuznetsov (nearly 26), a 1st round pick (Jeff Tambellini) and a 2nd round pick (Martins Karsums)
    • Traded at 39 with a 3rd round pick (nobody) for a 2nd round pick (Jeremy Morin) and a 3rd round pick (nobody)
    • Traded at the trade deadline at 40 for Sean Zimmmerman and a 6th round pick (nobody)


  • Top 5 Defensive Player (by DPS) once (‘05), Top 10 three times (‘92, ‘08)
  • Top 5 in Plus/Minus once
  • Scored 20 goals twice, 15 goals four times
  • Tallied 40 assists twice
  • Scored 50 points six times
  • 2 All Star Game appearances.

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Injured (?) on one Champion (‘93 Canadiens)
  • World Cup:
    • Top 4? D (by points) on one Champion (‘96 USA)

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