Why is Glenn Anderson in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Glenn Anderson was the 5th best player on a dynastic hockey team. He then lucked out and got traded to a team which won him a sixth Stanley Cup. He was never the star of any of those 6 teams and he was only ever briefly a top offensive player in the NHL (when he was playing with 4 Hall of Fame skaters).

Yet he’s been in the Hall of Fame for a while.

In our latest episode, we talk about Anderson’s case, and how it centres on two things: his 6 Cups and his ridiculous playoff totals.

Listen here:

Career

  • NHL: 1980-96; 16 seasons, 14 quality
  • 498G (24th All Time at his retirement), 601A for 1099P, +201 in 1129 GP; 88.1 PS
  • In his draft class (1979), Anderson is 
    • 4th in Goals
    • 7th in Assists
    • 5th in Points
    • 7th in Plus/Minus
    • 6th in Point Shares
    • 8th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 32 players to play in at least 1,000 games between 1980 and 1996, Anderson is
    • 8th in Goals
    • 10th in GPG
    • 12th in Assists
    • 16th in APG
    • 11th in Points
    • 14th in PPG
    • 11th in Plus/Minus
    • 14th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 16th in Point Shares
    • (And 13th out of 20 forwards in terms of Defensive Point Shares…)
  • 82-game average: 36G, 43A for 80P, +15
  • 3-year peak (1981-84): 82-game average of 48G, 60A for 109P, +45
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs: 93G (5th All Time), 121A (10th) for 214P (4th), +63 (7th) in 225 GP (9th)
  • Adjusted: 
    • Hockey Reference Adjustment:
      • 415G, 503A for 918P
      • 82-game average: 30G, 38A for 67P
      • Anderson is not on the leader-boards (Top 25) for Adjusted PPG obviously
    • Hockey’s Future VsX: Not on leader-boards (Top 25)
  • Trades:
    • Traded (just before turning 31) to Toronto with Grant Fuhr (about to turn 29) and Craig Berube (25) for Vincent Damphousse (23), Peter Ing (22), Scott Thornton (20) and Luke Richardson (22)
    • Traded at 33 at the trade deadline with a 4th rounder (nobody) for Mike Gartner (34) and Rob Malone
    • Waived twice.

Accomplishments:

  • Top 10 Offensive Player (by OPS) three times (‘83, ‘84, ‘86)
  • Goals:
    • Scored 50 twice
    • 45 three times
    • 40 four times
    • 35 seven times
    • 30 goals nine times
    • 20 goals thirteen times
  • Assists:
    • 60 assists once
    • 50 assists three times
    • 40 assists seven times
  • Points:
    • Scored 100 points three times
    • 90 points four times
    • 80 points six times
    • 70 points eight times
    • 60 points ten times
    • 50 points thirteen times
  • Top 5 in Goals once, Top 10 three times
  • Top 5 in GPG once, Top 10 three times
  • Top 10 in Assists once
  • Top 10 in APG once
  • Top 10 in Points once
  • Top 5 in PPG once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 5 in Plus Minus twice
  • 4 All Star Games.
  • Hockey’s Future VsX Adjustment:
    • Goals: 
      • 116th Best 7 Seasons
      • 114th Best 10 Seasons
    • Assists: 
      • Not on leader-board for best 7 seasons
      • 225th Best 10 Seasons
    • Points: 
      • 170th Best 7 Seasons
      • 171st Best 10 Seasons.

Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘87 Oilers)
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on four Champions (‘84, ‘85, ‘88, ‘90 Oilers), one Runner Up (‘83 Oilers) and two Final Fours (‘91 Oilers, ‘93 Leafs)
    • Top 9 Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘94 Rangers)
  • Canada Cup:
    • Top 9? Forward on one Champion (‘84 Canada)
    • Role Player? On one Champion (‘87 Canada)
  • World Championships:
    • Top 9? Forward on one Runner Up (‘89 Canada)

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