Does Rick Martin Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Rick Martin is one of the most dominant goal scorers in NHL history – he is 11th All Time in Goals Per Game. Yet he is not in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

In this episode we discuss his case and why he’s not already inducted.

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Career:

  • NHL: 1971-82; 11 seasons, 9 quality
  • 384G, 317A for 701P, +14 in 685 games
  • Martin is 11th All Time in GPG (8th All Time at his retirement)
  • Draft: In his draft class (1971), Martin, drafted 5th overall, is 
    • 3rd in Goals
    • 8th in Assists
    • 5th in Points
    • 11th in Plus/Minus
    • Despite being 9th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 160 players to play in at least 500 games between 1971 and 1982, Martin is
    • 5th in Goals
    • 4th in GPG
    • 35th in Assists
    • 43rd in APG
    • 13th in Points and PPG
    • 98th in Plus/Minus
    • 8th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 17th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 46G, 38A for 84P, +2
  • 3-year peak (1973-76): 56G, 42A for 98P, +2
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs: 24G, 29A for 53P, -6 in 63 games played
  • Adjusted: 
    • Hockey Reference:
      • 341G, 285A for 626P
      • 82-game average: 41G, 34A for 74P
      • Martin is not on any adjusted PG leader-boards (Top 25)
    • Hockey’s Future VsX:
      • Not in the Top 25 in Totals or PG
  • Traded after an injury that turned out to be career-ending for two draft picks.

Accomplishments:

  • Top 5 in Calder voting
  • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) twice (‘74, ‘75), Top 10 three times (‘72)
  • Single-season goal totals:
    • Scored 50 goals twice (1 of only 14 players ever at his retirement),
    • 45 goals four times (1 of only 7 players at his retirement),
    • 40 goals five times (1 of 9 players at his retirement),
    • 35 goals seven times (1 of only 8 players at his retirement),
    • 30 goals eight times (1 of 14 players at his retirement),
    • 25 goals nine times (1 of only 21 player at his retirement)
  • Tallied 40 assists once
  • Single-season point totals:
    • Scored 90 points once,
    • 80 points three times,
    • 70 points six times,
    • 60 points eight times,
    • 50 points nine times
  • Top 5 in Goals twice, Top 10 five times
  • Top 5 in GPG twice, Top 10 five times
  • Top 10 in Points twice
  • Top 10 in PPG twice
  • 1st Team All Star twice, 2nd Team All Star twice
  • 7 All Star Game appearances
  • Hockey’s Future VsX Adjusted Peak:
    • Goals: 
      • 48th Best 7 Seasons
      • 72nd Best 10 Seasons
    • Assists: Not on leader-board
    • Points: 
      • 163rd Best 7 Seasons
      • 187th Best 10 Seasons

Great Teams:

  • Best Player? (by points) on one Runner Up (‘75 Sabres), 
  • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘80 Sabres)

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