Does Jean-Guy Talbot Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Now that Kevin Lowe is in the Hockey Hall of Fame, we decided to look at someone else with a lot of Cups who isn’t in yet: Jean-Guy Talbot.

Listen to us discuss his case here:

Jean-Guy Talbot’s Career:

  • NHL: 1954-71; 17 seasons, 16 quality (by DPS)
  • 4 totals:
    • 3G, 
    • 242A (12th D All Time at his retirement) for 
    • 285P (18th D at his retirement), 
    • +122 (since 1959-60, 10th D at his retirement) in 
    • 1066 games (21st All Time at his retirement); 
    • 85.7 PS (11th D at his retirement)
  • Talbot was 4th All Time in Defensive Point Shares at his retirement
  • Era: Of the 20 players to play in at least 1,000 games (only 4 D) between 1954 and 1971, Talbot is
    • 20th (last) in Goals, GPG, Points, PPG and Offensive Point Shares
    • 19th (2nd last) in APG
    • 18th (3rd last) in Assists
    • 4th in Plus/Minus [it wasn’t tracked league-wide until 1967-68]
    • 2nd in Defensive Point Shares
    • 8th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 3G, 19A for 22P, +12*
  • 3 year peak (1960-63): 70-game average of 4G, 30A for 34P, +25; 7.4 PS
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs:
    • 4G,
    • 26A for
    • 30P,
    • +12 (since 1959-60) in
    • 151 games (4th All Time at his retirement)
  • Adjusted: 
    • Hockey Reference:
      • 45G, 266A for 311P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 3G, 20A for 24P
      • Obviously Talbot is not on any adjusted PG leader-boards
    • VsX:
      • Ineligible for the adjustment
  • Trades: Traded twice at the end of his career and waived twice:
    • Traded at 35 with Dave Richardson (26) for Bob McCord (33) and Duke Harris (25)
    • Traded at 38 for Larry Keenan (30) and Bob Baun (34)
    • Left protected in the expansion draft right before he turned 35
    • Waived at age 35.

Jean-Guy Talbot’s Accomplishments:

  • Top 5 in Norris voting once
  • Top Player:
    • Top 10 Player (by PS) once (‘62)
    • Best Defensive Player (by DPS) twice (‘56, ‘62),
    • Top 5 seven times (‘57, ‘58, ‘59, ‘60, ‘63),
    • Top 10 twelve times (‘61, ‘64, ‘66, ‘67, ‘70)
  • Assists:
    • Top 10 in Assists once
    • Top 10 in APG once
  • Top 5 in Plus/Minus once in a year when the league wasn’t yet officially tracking the stat
  • 1st Team All Star once
  • 6 All Star Game appearances
  • VsX peak: ineligible for adjustment.

Jean-Guy Great Teams:

  • Best D (by points) on one Runner Up (‘70 Blues) and two Final Fours (‘61, ‘62 Canadiens), 
  • Top 4 D (by points) on seven Champions (‘56, ‘57, ‘58, ‘59, ‘60, ‘65, ‘66 Canadiens), one Runner Up (‘69 Blues) and two Final Fours (‘63, ‘64 Canadiens), 
  • Role Player (by points) on two Runners Up (‘67 Canadiens, ‘68 Blues)

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