Does Clark Gillies Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Clark Gillies has four Stanley Cups and two 1st All Star Team selections.

But he has a career PPG of .73 despite playing in the ’80s and his best offensive season was exceeded by that of 3 teammates. He only led the Islanders in playoff scoring once.

Does he really have enough of a resume to be in the Hall of Fame?

Listen to us discuss his case here:

Class of 2002: Rod Langway, Bernie Federko, Clark Gillies

Clark Gillies’ Career:

  • NHL: 1974-88; 14 seasons, 10 quality
  • Totals:
    • 319G
    • 378A for
    • 697;
    • +245 in 
    • 958 Games;
    • 55 PS
  • Draft: Drafted 4th overall in 1974, Gillies is
    • 6th in Goals
    • 7th in Assists
    • 6th in Points
    • 3rd in Plus/Minus
    • 12th in Point Shares
    • 7th in Games
  • Era: Of the 19 players to play in at least 902 games (11 modern seasons) between 1974 and 1988, Gillies is
    • 8th in Goals and GPG
    • 12th in Assists and APG
    • 11th in Points and PPG
    • 4th in Plus/Minus (behind 2 teammates)
    • 11th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 8th in Defensive Point Shares (2nd forward, behind a teammate)
    • 12th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 27G, 32A for 60P, +21
  • 3-year peak (1976-79): 80-game average of 37G, 45A for 82P, +44
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs:
    • 47G (23rd All Time at his retirement)
    • 47A for
    • 94P,
    • +18 in
    • 164 Games (6th All Time at his retirement)
    • Per Game: Gillies isn’t remotely near the Top 25
    • Era: Of the 62 players to play in at least 82 playoff games between 1974 and 1988, Gillies is
      • 10th in Goals
      • 24th in GPG
      • 24th in Assists
      • 42nd in APG
      • 18th in Points
      • 34th in PPG
      • 31st in Plus/Minus
      • 4th in Games Played
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 261G
      • 314A for
      • 575P
      • 82-game average: 22G, 27A for 49P (-13P per 82 games)
      • Per Game: Obviously Gillies isn’t in the Top 25
    • VsX: Doesn’t qualify for the adjustment
  • Trades: 
    • Waived at 32

Clark Gillies’ Accomplishments:

  • Never a Top Player by Point Shares
  • Goals:
    • 35 goals three times
    • 30 goals six times
    • 25 goals seven times
    • 20 goals eight times
  • Assists:
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in APG once
    • Single-season totals:
      • 50 assists twice
      • 40 assists three times
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 10 once
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 once (3 teammates ahead of him)
    • Single-season totals:
      • 90 points once
      • 80 points twice
      • 70 points four times
      • 60 points five times
      • 50 points seven times
  • Plus/Minus:
    • Top 5 once
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star twice
    • 1 All Star Game appearance
  • VsX Peak: Doesn’t qualify for the adjustment.

Clark Gilles’ Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best Player (by points) on one Runner Up (‘84 Islanders)
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on three Champions (‘80, ‘81, ‘82 Islanders) [Gave up Captaincy prior to the 1979-80 season, it’s worth pointing out] and two Final Fours (‘75, ‘77 Islanders)
    • Best Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘76 Islanders)
    • Injured (missed 20 games) on one Champion (‘83 Islanders)
  • Canada/World Cup:
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘81 Canada)

2 thoughts on “Does Clark Gillies Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?”

  1. I don’t think he has the numbers. If he gets in then Jeremy Roenick and Keith Tkachuk were far more deserving. If you score 500 you should be inducted I think Peter Bondra should get in before him. Not everybody was privileged to play on a team with Mike bossy. Not every superstar was on a stack team or got the privilege to win the Stanley Cup. He was a good player but to me I think that Alexei kovalev was even more skilled player and deserving of being in the Hall of Fame as well definitely Alexander Mogilny all of those players deserve to be in the Hall of Fame more than him. If you’re going to put Clark Gillies in there you may as well put Claude Lemieux in there as well. Claude Lemieux could win Stanley Cups and he was a great playoff performer and a gritty player I think he is very deserving of an induction. I think Derain Hatcher belongs in the Hall of Fame as well he captained the stars to their only cup. Phenomenal defenseman that literally would lay people out.Perfect leader and stay at home defenseman. I’m not saying that Clarke doesn’t belong I’m just saying that there are players that are not in the Hall of Fame that should be in there before him Like Roenick,Tkachuk Bondra Gaborik maybe Kolvachuck was one special player idn if he gets in but he brought people out there seats like Pavel Bure . There are players that are more deserving and he’s in there over them just because he won four Stanley Cups but really he was on a team with the best goal scorer arguably of all time in Mike Bossy. Not saying he wasn’t a great player but definitely right place right time. They need to not overlooked guys that don’t have a ring because they didn’t get the privilege of playing on a dynasty. Some players gave there heart and soul to the game but just couldn’t get a ring. That’s not a reason to snub a man with over 500 goals. Not even Wayne Gretzky could win a ring in L.A. when he won 4 in Edmonton he had Paul Coffee he had Jari Kurri, Paul Stastny Mark Messier so that’s at least 5 hall of famers and Mike Bossy and the islanders beat them in the finals I think more then once. Shows how great of a Team especially Mike bossy was as goal scorer. Other then Ovechkin then Brett Hull I put him third best pure goal scorer. So does he belong maybe but if he gets in Kovalev has to because if Kovalev played in the 80’s with his skill set I think would of had 700 goals. Plus skill wise he was insane some of the most beautiful hands of all time like Crosby or Gretzky. At the very least 500-600 goals if hr played then one of the first Russian to have his name ingaved on the cup and was a major player on there cup run. I think defensive and phenomenal stay down defenceman get snowed as well.

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