Does Mike Gartner Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Mike Gartner retired with the 5th most Goals of All Time. Yet he was never a star player and is derided in some corners of the internet as a “compiler”, i.e. a guy who was just very good and very healthy.

Does Mike Gartner actually belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Listen to us discuss his case here:

Hall of Fame Class of 2001: Fetisov, Kurri, Gartner, Hawerchuk

Mike Gartner’s Career:

  • NHL: 
    • 1979-98; 19 seasons, 18 quality
    • Totals:
      • 708G (7th All Time, 5th at his retirement)
      • 627A for
      • 1335P (18th All Time at his retirement)
      • +68 in
      • 1432 Games (5th All Time at his retirement);
      • 121.8 PS;
      • Gartner was 16th All Time in Offensive Point Shares at this retirement
      • Per Game:
        • 22nd All Time in GPG
    • Draft: Drafted 4th overall in 1979, Gartner is
      • 1st in Goals
      • 5th in Assists
      • 3rd in Points
      • 15th in Plus/Minus
      • 3rd in Point Shares
      • 3rd in Games
    • Era: Of the 10 players to play in at least 1230 Games between 1979 and 1998, Gartner is
      • 2nd in Goals and GPG
      • 9th (2nd in last) in Assists and APG
      • 7th in Points and PPG
      • 9th (2nd last) in Plus/Minus
      • 5th in Offensive Point Shares
      • 6th in Defensive Point Shares (2nd Forward)
      • 6th in Point Shares
      • 1st in Games Played
    • 82-game average: 40G, 36A for 76P, +4
    • 3-year peak (1982-85): 80-game average of 44G, 46A for 90P, +12
    • No possession stats
    • Playoffs:
      • 43G, 50A for 93P, -10 in 122 Games
    • Adjusted:
      • Hockey-Reference:
        • 609G (19th All Time, 7th at his retirement)
        • 533A for
        • 1142P
        • Per Game: Gartner’s not in the Top 25. However, if the qualifier is set to 1230 Games, Gartner is
          • 17th All Time in Adjusted GPG
        • Era: Of the 183 players to play in at 82 playoff games between 1979 and 1998, Gartner is
          • 26th in Goals
          • 33rd in GPG
          • 49th in Assists
          • 61st in APG
          • 44th in Points
          • 45th in PPG
          • 149th in Plus/Minus
      • VsX:
        • 627G (23rd All Time)
        • 594A
        • 821P
        • Per Game: Gartner is not in the Top 25. However, if the qualifier is set to 1230 Games, Gartner is
          • 16th All Time in VsX Adjusted GPG
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 29 with Larry Murphy (28) for Dino Ciccarrelli (29) and Bob Rouse (25)
    • Traded at 30 for Ulf Dahlen (23) and a 1990 4th Rounder (nobody)
    • Traded at 33 for Glenn Anderson (33), Scott Malone (33) and a 1994 4th Rounder (nobody)
    • Traded at 35 for a 1996 4th Rounder (nobody)
  • WHA: 1978-79; 1 season
    • 27G, 25A, for 52P, -18 in 78 Games

Mike Gartner’s Accomplishments:

  • Top Player:
    • Top 10 in Offensive Point Shares once (‘85)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Goals once
      • Top 10 five times
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in GPG twice
    • Single-season totals:
      • 50 goals once
      • 45 goals six times (1 of only 11 players ever)
      • 40 goals nine times (1 of only 6 players ever)
      • 35 goals fourteen times (only player ever)
      • 30 goals seventeen times (only player ever)
  • Assists:
    • 50 assists once
    • 40 assists seven times
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in Points once
    • Single-season totals:
      • 100 points twice
      • 90 points twice
      • 80 points seven times
      • 70 points ten times
      • 60 points sixteen times (1 of only 8 players ever)
      • 50 points seventeen times (1 of only 18 players ever)
  • All Star:
    • 7 All Star Game appearances
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 56th All Time
      • Assists: Doesn’t qualify
      • Points: 201st All Time
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 42nd All Time
      • Assists: Doesn’t qualify
      • Points: 168th All Time

Mike Gartner’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘94 Leafs)
  • World/Canada Cup:
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on two Champions (‘84, ‘87 Canada)
  • World Championships:
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on two Bronzes (‘82, ‘83 Canada)
  • World Juniors:
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on one Bronze (‘78 Canada)

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