Does Scott Stevens Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

by Cherno77 at English Wikipedia / Public domain

Today, Stevens is known for his career-altering hits, most of which would be illegal now.

But he actually had a pretty damn impressive career.

In this episode we talk about why Stevens belongs in the Hall of Fame despite his hitting.

Listen here:

Scott Stevens’ Career:

  • 1982-2004; 22 seasons, 21 quality by DPS
  • Totals:
    • 196G (23rd D All Time), 
    • 712A (11th D) for 
    • 908P (12th D), 
    • +395 (13th All Time, 8th D) in 
    • 1635 games (10th All Time, 2nd D); 
    • 169.7 PS (20th All Time); 
    • 23:44* ATOI (last 6 seasons only)
  • Stevens is 2nd All Time in Defensive Point Shares
  • Drafted 5th overall in 1982, in his draft class Stevens is
    • 13th in Goals
    • 3rd in Assists
    • 6th in Points
    • 1st in Plus/Minus (by over double 2nd place)
    • 2nd in Point Shares
    • 2nd in Games
  • Era: Of the twelve players to play in at least 1,394 games (17 seasons) between 1982 and 2004, Stevens is
    • 11th (2nd last) in Goals
    • 12th (last) in GPG
    • 10th (3rd last) in Assists and APG
    • 12th (last) in Points and PPG
    • 2nd in Plus/Minus
    • 12th (last) in Offensive Point Shares
    • 1st in Defensive Point Shares
    • 4th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 10G, 36A for 46P, +20
  • 3-year peak (1991-94): 84-game average of 17G, 53A for 70P, +33
  • No possession data
  • Playoffs:
    • 26G (16th D All Time),
    • 92A (11th D) for
    • 118P (11th D), 
    • +44 (23rd All Time, 14th D) in
    • 233 Games (6th All Time, 3rd D)
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey Reference:
      • 177G, 
      • 654A (10th D All Time) for
      • 831P (12th D)
      • 82-game average of 9G, 33A for 42P
      • Stevens is obviously not on any PG leader-boards
    • VsX:
      • Didn’t score enough goals to qualify (but 777-708=69G)
      • 708A
      • 777P
      • 82-game average: 3G, 36A for 39P
  • Trades:
    • Transferred as compensation at 27 for the Blues signed Brendan Shanahan (22)

Scott Stevens’ Accomplishments:

  • Top 5 in Norris Voting 7 times
  • Top 5 in Calder Voting
  • Top Player:
    • Top 10 Player (by PS) once (‘94)
    • Best Defensive Player (by DPS) once (‘94),
    • Top 5 nine times (1 of only 3 players: Bourque, Robinson),
    • Top 10 twelve times (1 of only 8 players)
  • Assists:
    • Top 10 in Assists once (‘89)
  • Led League in Plus/Minus once, Top 5 three times, Top 10 four times
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star twice
    • 2nd Team All Star three times
    • 13 All Star Game appearances
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: N/A
      • Assists: 221st All Time
      • Points: N/A
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: N/A
      • Assists: 199th All Time
      • Points: N/A

Scott Stevens’ Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • MVP (led playoffs in Plus/Minus) one Champion (‘00)
    • Best D (by points) on two Final Fours (‘90 Capitals, ‘94 Devils)
    • Top 2 D on one Runner Up (‘01 Devils)
    • Top 4 D on one Champion (‘03 Devils)
    • Top 4 D (by points) on one Champion (‘95 Devils)
  • Canada/World Cup:
    • Role Player (by points) on one Champion (‘91 Canada) and one Runner Up (‘96 Canada)
  • World Championships:
    • Top 4? D (by points) on two Runners Up (‘85, ‘89 Canada)
    • Role Player (by points) on one Bronze (‘83 Canada)

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