Does Luc Robitaille Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Of course the real question is, “is Luc Robitaille the Greatest Left Wing of All Time?” That’s the real question because, of all left-shooting Left Wings in NHL history, Robitaille is first in both goals and points.

In our latest episode, we discuss his career and his case as the Greatest Left Wing.

Robitaille’s stats:

Career:

  • 1986-2006; 19 seasons, 17 quality
  • 668G (12th All Time – most by a pure LW, 10th at his retirement), 726A for 1394P (22nd All Time – most by a pure LW, 19th at his retirement), +71 in 1431 games (17th All Time at his retirement); 138.6 PS; 16:27 ATOI (since 1998-99)
  • Robitaille is 19th All Time in Offensive Point Shares (13th at his retirement)
  • Draft: 171st overall in the 1984 Entry Draft, Robitaille is
    • 3rd in Goals
    • 2nd in Assists
    • 2nd in Points
    • 10th in Plus Minus
    • 4th in Point Shares
  • Era: Of the 16 players to play in at least 1,250 games between 1986 and 2006, Robitaille is
    • 2nd in Goals
    • 2nd in GPG
    • 8th in Assists
    • 9th in APG
    • 4th in Points
    • 8th in PPG
    • 7th in Plus/Minus
    • 3rd in Offensive Point Shares
    • 4th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 39G, 42A for 80P, +4
  • 3-year peak (‘90-’93): 82-game average of 52G, 58A for 110P, + 14
  • Retired two seasons before possession was tracked
  • Playoffs: 58G, 69A for 127P, -17 in 159 games
  • Adjusted: 652G (11th All Time), 702A for 1354P (25th)
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 37G, 40A for 78P
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 28 for Rick Tocchet (30) and a 2nd round pick (Pavel Rosa)
    • Traded at 29 with UIf Samuelsson (31) For Petr Nedved (24) and Sergei Zubov (25)
    • Traded at 31 for Kevin Stevens (32).

Accomplishments:

  • Calder (1987)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘88), Top 10 seven times (‘89, ‘90, ‘92, ‘93, ‘00,’01)
  • Top 5 in Goals twice, Top 10 nine times
  • Top 5 in GPG once, Top 10 five times
  • Top 10 in Assists once
  • Top 5 in Points twice, Top 10 four times
  • Top 10 in PPG three times
  • Top 10 in Plus/Minus once
  • Goals:
    • 60 goals once (1 of only 20 players ever)
    • 50 goals three times (1 of only 20 players)
    • 45 goals six times (1 of only 11 players)
    • 40 goals eight times (1 of only 10 players)
    • 35 goals eleven times (1 of only 9 players)
    • 30 goals twelve times (1 of only 13 players)
    • 20 goals sixteen times (1 of only 20 players)
  • Assists:
    • 60 assists twice
    • 50 assists five times
    • 40 assists nine times
  • Points:
    • 120 points once
    • 110 points twice
    • 100 points four times (1 of only 25 players ever)
    • 90 points six times (1 of only 24 players)
    • 80 points nine times (1 of only 25 players)
    • 70 points eleven times
    • 60 points twelve times
    • 50 point fourteen times
  • 1st Team All Star five times, 2nd Team three times, 1st Team All Rookie
  • 8 All Star Games
  • Three Stars:
    • Rookie of the Month once.
  • Non NHL:
    • Namesake of the QMJHL trophy for the team with the best Goals Average, whatever that means

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘93 Kings)
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘97 Rangers)
    • Top 9 Forward on one Champion (‘02 Red Wings)
  • World Cup/Canada Cup:
    • Top 9? Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘91 Canada)
  • World Championship:
    • Top 3? Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘94 Canada)
  • WJCs:
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘86 Canada)

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