Does Peter Stastny Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Peter Stastny is a legend; one of the NHL’s first European-trained stars and in the Top 10 All Time in both APG and PPG.

But he was never close to the best player in league – he has one Top 5 Hart finish in his entire career – and he was never a star in best-on-best international competition.

So, does he deserve his reputation as one of the great players of the 1980s?

Listen here:

Hall of Fame Class of 1998: Peter Stastny, Michel Goulet, Roy Conacher

Peter Stastny’s Career:

  • NHL: 1980-95; 15 seasons, 13 quality
  • Totals:
    • 450G,
    • 789A  (18th All Time at his retirement) for
    • 1239P (17th All Time at his retirement),
    • -15 in
    • 977 Games;
    • 94.1 PS
  • Per Game:
    • 7th All Time in APG
    • 8th All Time in PPG
  • Undrafted – of the hundreds of undrafted players since expansion, Stastny is
    • 5th in Goals
    • 9th in GPG
    • 3rd in Assists
    • 4th in APG
    • 4th in Points
    • 4th in PPG
    • Who knows in Plus/Minus (since he’s a minus)
    • 8th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 15th in Point Shares
    • 27th in Games
  • Ea: Of the 50 skaters to play in at least 902 games (11 modern seasons) between 1980 and 1995, Stastny is
    • 11th in Goals and GPG
    • 8th in Assists
    • 3rd in APG
    • 7th in Points
    • 2nd in PPG
    • 33rd in Plus/Minus
    • 9th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 12th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 38G, 66A for 104P, -1
  • 3-year peak (1981-84): 80-game average of 48G, 83A for 130P, +14
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs:
    • 33G,
    • 72A for
    • 105P,
    • -3 in
    • 93 Games
    • Per Game: 
      • 8th All Time in Playoff APG
      • 12th All Time in Playoff PPG
    • Era: Of the 132 skaters to play in at least 82 playoff games between 1980 and 1995, Stastny is
      • 33rd in Playoff Goals
      • 27th in Playoff GPG
      • 18th in Playoff Assists
      • 9th in Playoff APG
      • 21st in Playoff Points
      • 9th in Playoff PPG
      • 89th in Playoff Plus/Minus
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 364G
      • 637A for
      • 1001P
      • 82-game average: 31G, 53A for 84P (-20P per 82 games [the worst we’ve seen, I think])
      • Per Game: Not in the Top 25
    • VsX: 
      • 383G
      • 722A
      • 957P
      • Per Game: Not in the Top 25; however, if the qualifier is set to 820 games, Stastny is
        • 8th All Time in VsX Adjusted APG
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 33 for Craig Wolanin (22) and Future Considerations (Randy Velischek)

Peter Stastny’s Accomplishments:

  • NHL:
    • Top 5 in Hart voting once
    • Calder (‘81)
    • Top Player:
      • Top 10 Player (by PS) once (‘83)
      • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) twice (‘82, ‘83)
      • Top 10 Offensive Player six times (‘81, ‘84, ‘86, ‘88)
    • Goals:
      • GPG leader-boards:
        • Top 10 in GPG once
      • Single-season totals:
        • 45 goals four times
        • 40 goals five times
        • 35 goals seven times
        • 30 goals eight times
        • 25 goals nine times
        • 20 goals eleven times
    • Assists:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Top 5 in Assists four times
        • Top 10 seven times
      • APG leader-boards:
        • Top 5 in APG twice
        • Top 10 eight times
      • Single-season totals:
        • 90 assists once (1 of only 11 players ever)
        • 80 assists twice (1 of only 12 players)
        • 70 assists five times (1 of only 8 players)
        • 60 assists seven times (1 of only 15 players)
        • 50 assists nine times (1 of only 23 players)
        • 40 assists eleven times
    • Points:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Top 5 in Points four times
        • Top 10 six times
      • PPG leader-boards:
        • Top 5 in PPG three times
        • Top 10 six times
      • Single-season totals:
        • 130 points once (1 of only 23 players ever [Stastny was 1 point away from 140])
        • 120 points three times (1 of only 12 players)
        • 110 points five times (1 of only 8 players)
        • 100 points seven times (1 of only 5 players: Gretzky, Lemieux, Dionne, Bossy)
        • 80 points eight times
        • 70 points ten times
        • 60 points twelve times
    • All Star:
      • 6 All Star Game appearances
    • VsX Peak:
      • Best 7 Seasons:
        • Goals: 150th All Time
        • Assists: 30th All Time
        • Points: 46th All Time
      • Best 10 Seasons:
        • Goals: 135th All Time
        • Assists: 33rd All Time
        • Points: 55th All Time
  • International:
    • Olympics:
      • Media All Star (Top 3 Forward by points) on non-medaling team (‘94 Slovakia)
    • World Championships:
      • Best Forward” (led tournament in points) on one World Championship B Group Champion (‘95 Slovak)

Peter Stastny’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best Player (by points) on two Final Fours (‘82, ‘85 Nordiques)
  • Canada/World Cup:
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on one Canada Cup Runner Up (‘76 Czechoslovakia)
    • Top 9? Forward (by points) on one Canada Cup Champion (‘84 Canada)
  • World Championships:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one World Champion (‘76 Czechoslovakia) and one Runner Up (‘78 Czechoslovakia)
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on one World Champion (‘77 Czechoslovakia) and one Runner Up (‘79 Czechoslovakia)
  • WJCs:
    • Top 9? Forward (by points) on one World Junior Bronze (‘76 Czechoslovakia)
  • European Juniors:
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on one European Junior Runner Up (‘75 Czechoslovakia)

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