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)

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