Does Brad Richards Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

by Lisa Gansky from New York, NY, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Brad Richards has a Conn Smythe, two Cups, a World Cup and had a couple pretty good regular seasons.

But his regular season numbers are pretty inconsistent. And he was never considered one of the top players in the league.

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

Conn Smyth but not in the Hall of Fame: Butch Goring, Brad Richards, Justin Williams

Brad Richards’ Career:

  • NHL: 2000-16; 15 years, 13 quality
  • Totals:
    • 298G,
    • 634A for
    • 932P, 
    • -66 in
    • 1126 GP;
    • 92.8 PS;
    • 19:55 ATOI
  • Draft: Drafted 64th overall in 1998, Richards is
    • 3rd in Goals
    • 1st in Assists
    • 2nd in Points
    • 3rd last in Plus/Minus
    • 5th in Point Shares
    • 3rd in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 12 players to play in at least 1066 games (13 seasons) between 2000 and 2016, Richards is
    • 9th in Goals and GPG
    • 3rd in Assists and APG
    • 6th in Points
    • 4th in PPG
    • 11th (2nd last) in Plus/Minus
    • 7th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 8th in Defensive Point Shares (7th Forward)
    • 8th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 21G, 46A for 68P, -5
  • 3-year peak (2008-11): 82-game average of [oops]
  • Possession (since 2007; 636 games):
    • 51.5% CF%
    • 0.1 CF% Rel
    • 51.4 FF%
    • -0.1 FF% Rel
  • Playoffs:
    • 37G,
    • 68A for
    • 105P,
    • -13 in
    • 146 Games
    • Era: Of the 124 players to play in at least 82 playoff games between 2000 and 2016, Richards is
      • 18th in Goals
      • 30th in GPG
      • 11th in Assists
      • 22nd in APG
      • 11th in Points
      • 25th in Points Per Game
      • 6th last in Plus/Minus
      • 5th in Games Played
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 337G
      • 695A for
      • 1032P
      • 82-game average: 25G, 51A for 75P (+7P per 82 games)
      • Per Game: No in the Top 25
    • Vsx:
      • 335G
      • 743A
      • 967P
      • Per Game: Not in the Top 25
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 27 with Johan Holmqvist (29) for Jeff Halpern (31), Jussi Jokinen (24), Mike Smith (25) and a 2009 4th Rounder (nobody)

Brad Richards’ Accomplishments:

  • Conn Smythe (‘04)
  • Lady Byng (‘04)
  • Top 5 in Calder voting
  • Never a Top Player by Point Shares
  • Goals:
    • 25 goals four times
    • 20 goals ten times
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Assists three times
      • Top 10 in Assists five times
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in APG once
      • Top 10 in APG four times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 60 ssists twice
      • 50 assists four times
      • 40 assists ten times
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in Points three times
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in PPG twice
    • Single-season totals:
      • 90 points twice
      • 70 points six times
      • 60 points ten times
      • 50 points eleven times
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Rookie
    • 1 All Star Game appearance
    • Three Stars:
      • Rookie of the Month once
      • Weekly:
        • Weekly 2nd Star once
        • Weekly 3rd Star once
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: doesn’t qualify
      • Assists: 56th All Time
      • Points: 118th All Time
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: doesn’t qualify
      • Assists: 59th All Time
      • Points: 102nd All Time

Brad Richard’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • MVP (led playoffs in Points, game-winning goals and power-play goals) on one Champion (‘04 Lightning)
    • Top 3 Forward on two Final Fours (‘08 Stars, ‘12, Rangers)
    • Top 6 Forward on one Champion (‘15 Blackhawks) and one Runner Up (‘14 Rangers)
  • World Cup:
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘04 Canada)
  • World Juniors:
    • Role Player (by points) on one WJC Bronze (‘00 Canada)

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