Does Justin Williams belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Justin Williams is Mr. Clutch, he has the best Game 7 stats in the history of the sport. He has a Conn Smythe and he as 3 Cups, which is a lot for a 21st century player.

But his regular season stats are paltry. And did he deserve that Conn Smythe?

In this episode, we discuss whether or not Justin Williams belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame:

Conn Smythe winners not in the Hall of Fame: Butch Goring, Brad Richards, Justin Williams

Justin Williams’ Career:

  • 2000-20; 19 seasons, 15 quality
  • Totals:
    • 320G
    • 477A for
    • 797P,
    • +110 in
    • 1264 Games;
    • 89 PS
  • Draft: Williams, drafted 28th overall in 2000 is
    • 4th in Goals
    • 1st in Assists
    • 2nd in Points
    • 2nd in Plus/Minus
    • 4th in Point Shares (3rd Forward)
    • 1st in Games
  • Era: Of the 11 players to play in at least 1230 Games (15 seasons) between 2000 and 2020, Williams is
    • 7th in Goals and GPG
    • 7th in Assists and APG
    • 7th in Points and PPG
    • 5th in Plus/Minus
    • 7th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 8th in Defensive Point Shares (6th Forward)
    • 8th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 21G, 31A for 52P, +7; 16:53 ATOI
  • 3-year peak (2005-08): 82-game average of 28G, 42A for 70P, -3; 20:41 ATOI
  • Possession (qualifier is 820 games, which is 85 players):
    • 56.9% Corsi For (2nd)
    • 4.5% Relative Corsi For (6th)
    • 56.6% Fenwick For (2nd)
    • 4.3% Relative Fenwick For (6th)
  • Playoffs:
    • 41G,
    • 61A for
    • 102P,
    • +30 in
    • 162 Games
    • Era: Of the 173 skaters to play in at 82 games between 2000 and 2020, Williams is
      • 18th in Goals
      • 48th in GPG
      • 25th in Assists
      • 52nd in APG
      • 18th in Points
      • 52nd in PPG
      • 10th in Plus/Minus
      • 9th in Games Played
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 358G, 524A for 882P
      • 82-game average: 23G, 34A for 57P (+5P per 82 games)
      • Per Game: Obviously not on any leader-boards
    • VsX: 
      • 351G
      • 558A
      • 826P
      • Per Game: Obviously not on any leader-boards
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 22 to Carolina for Danny Markov (27)
    • Traded at 27 to Los Angeles for Patrick O’Sullivan (24) and a 2009 2nd Rounder (Brian Dumoulin)

Justin Williams’ Accomplishments:

  • Conn Smythe (‘14)
  • Never a top player by Point Shares
  • Goals:
    • 30 Goals twice
    • 20 Goals seven times
  • Assists:
    • 40 Assists
  • Points:
    • 70 points once
    • 60 points twice
    • 50 points seven times
  • All Star:
    • 1 All Star Game appearance
  • VxS Peak: doesn’t qualify

Justin Williams’ Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • MVP* (led playoffs in Plus/Minus) on one Champion (‘14 Kings)
    • Top 3 Forward on one Champion (‘06 Hurricanes)
    • Top 6 Forward on one Champion (‘12 Kings) and two Final Fours (
    • 13 Kings, ‘19 Hurricanes)
  • World Championships:
    • Top 9? Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘07 Canada)
    • Role Player (by points) on one Champion (‘04 Canada)

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