Does Doug Wilson Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Doug Wilson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year and most people seem to be okay with it.

In this episode we wonder whether or not he belongs.

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Doug Wilson’s Career:

  • 1977-93; 16 seasons, 14 quality by DPS
  • Totals:
    • 237G (11th D All Time, 6th at his retirement)
    • 590A (18th D All Time, 9th at his retirement) for
    • 827P (15th D, 8th at his retirement),
    • +55 in
    • 1024 GP;
    • 110.5 PS (12th D All Time at his retirement)
  • Wilson is 24th All Time in Offensive Point Shares among D (9th at his retirement)
  • Draft: Drafted 6th overall in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft, in his draft class Wilson is
    • 6th in Goals
    • 1st in Assists
    • 3rd in Points
    • 7th in Plus/Minus
    • 2nd in Point Shares
    • 3rd in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 11 D to play in at least 984 (12 seasons) games between 1977 and 1993 Wilson is
    • 2nd in Goals
    • 2nd in GPG
    • 3rd in Assists
    • 3rd in APG
    • 3rd in Points
    • 3rd in PPG
    • 9th in Plus/Minus
    • 2nd in Offensive Point Shares
    • 7th in Defensive Point Shares
    • 4th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 19G, 48A for 66P, +4
  • 3-year peak (1981-84): 80-game average of 25G, 53A for 78P, +4 [Note: Wilson’s best seasons were more than 3 years apart]
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs: 
    • Totals:
      • 19G (15th D All Time at his retirement), 
      • 61A (24th D All Time, 12th at his retirement) for
      •  80P (24th D All Time, 11th at his retirement), 
      • +11 in
      • 95 Games
    • Per Game:
      • Doesn’t qualify for GPG leader-board
      • 8th D All Time in APG (7th at his retirement)
      • 8th D All Time in PPG (7th at his retirement)
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • Totals:
        • 188G (25th D All Time),
        • 484A for 672P
      • 82-game average: 15G, 39A for 54P
      • Per Game: Wilson is
        • 15th D All Time in GPG
        • 22nd D All Time in PPG
    • VsX:
      • Totals:
        • Doesn’t qualify for Goals
        • 551A
        • Doesn’t qualify for Points
      • Per Game:
        • Doesn’t qualify for Goals
        • 167th in APG
        • Doesn’t qualify for Points
  • Trades:
    • Traded (at 34) for Kerry Toporowski and a 2nd Round Pick (Boris Mironov)

Doug Wilson’s Accomplishments:

  • Norris (’82)
  • Top 5 in Norris voting a further three times
  • Top 10 Player (by PS) once (’82)
  • Never a Top Player by DPS
  • Goals:
    • Scored 35 goals once (1 of only 3 D – Orr and Coffey are the other two – unless you count Dit Clapper)
    • 20 goals three times (1 of only 20 D)
    • 15 goals seven times (1 of only 17 D)
  • Assists:
    • Tallied 50 Assists three times (1 of only 22 D)
    • 40 assists eight times (1 of only 15 D)
  • Points:
    • Scored 80 points once (1 of only 19 D)
    • 70 points three times (1 of only 17 D)
    • 60 points seven times (1 of only 14 D)
    • 50 points nine times (1 of only 13 D)
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star once
    • 2nd Team All Star twice
    • 7 All Star Game appearances

Doug Wilson’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best D (by points) on four Final Fours ( ’82, ’83, ’85 Black Hawks, ’90 Blackhawks)
  • Canada Cup:
    • Top 4 D (by points) on one Champion (’84 Canada)

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