Does Jere Lehtinen Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

by Resolute [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

It might seem like a silly question. However, as if this writing, Jere Lehtinen is the only eligible player with at least three Selke trophies not in the Hall of Fame. (If Datsyuk doesn’t get in once he’s eligible, there will be two.)

In this episode we discuss Lehtinen’s case in light of Guy Carbonneau’s induction in 2019.

Listen to us talk about Jere Lehtinen here:

Lehtinen’s stats:

Career:

  • 1995-2010; 14 seasons, 10 quality (by PPG)
  • 243G, 271A for 514P, +176 (2nd Finn All Time) in 875 games; 59.1 PS; 18:48 ATO (since 1998)
  • Draft: drafted 88th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Lehtinen is
    • 4th in Goals
    • 8th in Assists
    • 6th in Points
    • 1st in Plus/Minus (by 109 goals)
    • 9th in Point Shares
    • 12th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 125 players to play in at least 820 games between 1995 and 2010 (10 full seasons), Lehtinen is
    • 43rd in Goals
    • 41st in GPG
    • 79th in Assists
    • 80th in APG
    • 62nd in Points
    • 60th in PPG
    • 6th in Plus/Minus
    • 70th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 45th in Defensive Point Shares (5th forward)
    • 68th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 23G, 25A for 48P, +16
  • 3-year peak (2000-03): 82-game average of 27G, 24A for 51P, +29
  • Possession:
    • 54.8% CF
    • 2.9% CFRel
    • 54.3% FF
    • 2.5% FFRel
  • Playoffs: 27G, 22A for 29P, +2 in 108 games
  • Adjusted: 265G (+22), 288A (+17) for 553P (+39)
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 25G, 27A for 52P
  • Obviously not on any adjusted PG leaderboards
  • Never traded.

Accomplishments:

  • Selke (‘98, ‘99, ‘03)
  • Top 5 in Selke voting a further 3 times
  • Top 5 in Plus Minus once, Top 10 three times
  • Scored 30 goals twice, 25 goals four times, 20 goals seven times
  • Scored 50 points twice
  • 1 All Star Game appearance
  • Three Stars: 
    • Rookie of the Month once.

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward on one Champion* (‘99 Stars)
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘98 Stars)
    • Top 3 Forward (but injured, missed 10 games) on one Runner Up (‘00 Stars)
    • Top 6 Forward on one Final Four (‘08 Stars)
  • Olympics:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Olympic Bronze (‘98 Finland)
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one Olympic Runner Up (‘06 Finland)
    • Top 9? Forward (by points) on one Olympic Bronze (‘94 Finland)
    • Role Player (by points) on one Olympic Bronze (‘10 Finland)
  • World Cup:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Word Cup Runner Up (‘04 Finland)
  • World Championships:
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one World Champion (‘95 Finland) and one Runner Up (‘94 Finland)
    • Top 9 Forward (by points) on two World Championship Runners Up (‘92 Finland, ‘07 Finland)

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