Does Peter Bondra Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Peter Brondra is one of the best Slovak players of all time and scored 500 goals at a time it was pretty hard to do so. Had the Rocket Richard Trophy existed he would have won it twice.

So, does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Listen to us talk about his case here:

Peter Bondra and the Hall of Fame Class of 2005

Peter Bondra’s Career:

  • NHL: 1990-2007; 16 seasons, 15 quality
  • Totals:
    • 503G (2nd Slovak All Time), 
    • 389A for 
    • 892P (3rd Slovak All Time), 
    • +74 in 
      • 1018 games (3rd Slovak All Time); 
    • 18:58 ATOI (since 1998-99); 
    • 104.3 PS [unknown Slovak All Time because Hockey Reference searches are by birth country, and Bondra was born in Ukraine; ditto for OPS ranking]
  • Draft: In his draft class (1990), Bondra, drafted 156th overall, is
    • 3rd in Goals
    • 11th in Assists
    • 4th in Points
    • 7th in Plus/Minus
    • 10th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 57 players to play in at least 1,000 games between 1990 and 2007, Bondra is
    • 7th in Goals
    • 4th in GPG
    • 35th in Assists and APG
    • 20th in Points
    • 21st in PPG
    • 23rd in Plus/Minus
    • 14th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 22nd in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 39G, 30A for 68P, +6
  • 3-year peak (1995-98): 82-game average of 56G, 32A for 88P, +15
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs: 
    • 30G (4th Slovak All Time), 
    • 26A for 
    • 56P, 
    • +5 in 
    • 80 games
  • Adjusted: 
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 549G, 398A for 947P [Can’t figure out his rank among Slovak players because of his birthplace]
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 44G, 32A for 76P
      • Adjusted PG: Bondra is not in the Top 25 for any Adjusted PG category
        • However, if the qualifier is set to 820 games, Bondra is 15th All Time in Adjusted GPG
    • VsX:
      • 529G
      • Doesn’t qualify for Assists
      • 864P
      • Bondra doesn’t qualify for the Top 25 in VsX Adjusted Per Game leader-boards
        • However, if the qualifier is set to 820 games, Bondra is 17th All Time in Adjusted GPG
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 36 for Brooks Laich (20) with a 2nd Rounder (nobody)

Peter Bondra’s Accomplishments:

  • Would have won the Rocket Richard twice (‘95, ‘98)
  • Top Player:
    • Top 10 Player (by PS) once (‘98)
    • Top 10 Offensive Player (by OPS) twice (‘97, ‘98)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in Goals twice, 
      • Top 5 four times, 
      • Top 10 six times
    • GPG Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in GPG once, 
      • Top 5 three times, 
      • Top 10 six times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 50 goals twice, 
      • 45 goals four times, 
      • 35 goals six times, 
      • 30 goals nine times, 
      • 25 goals eleven times, 
      • 20 goals fourteen times
  • Assists: 40 assists once
  • Points:
    • Single-season totals:
      • 80 points three times, 
      • 70 points six times, 
      • 50 points nine times
  • All Star:
    • 5 All Star Game appearances
    • Three Stars:
      • Rookie of the Month once.

Peter Bondra’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘98 Capitals)
  • World Championships:
    • “Media All Star” (led tournament in goals) on one World Champion (‘02 Slovakia), 
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on one World Champion Bronze (‘03 Slovakia)

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