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:

Mathieu Schneider, Brian Leetch, Lester Patrick

Mathieu Schneider’s Career:

  • NHL: 1987-2010; 21 seasons, 17? Quality
  • Totals:
    • 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:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 233G (14th D All Time),
      • 540A (23rd D All Time) for
      • 773P (21st D All Time)
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 15G, 34A for 49P
      • Per Game: Among D, Schneider is
        • 17th All Time in Adjusted GPG
    • VsX:
      • Goals: doesn’t qualify
      • 565A
      • 708P
      • Per Game: we haven’t calculated the leader-boards for D
  • Trades:

Mathieu Schneider’s Accomplishments:

  • Top Player:
    • Top 5 Defensive Player (by DPS) once (‘05),
    • Top 10 three times (‘92, ‘08)
  • Goals:
    • 20 goals twice,
    • 15 goals four times
  • Assists:
    • 40 assists twice
  • Points:
    • 50 points six times
  • Top 5 in Plus/Minus once
  • All Star:
    • 2 All Star Game appearances.
  • VsX Peak: doesn’t qualify for the adjustment.

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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