Does Michel Goulet Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Michel Goulet was one of the great goal scorers of the 1980s and, by regular season stats, is arguably one of the greatest left wings of all time

However, his playoff numbers are not good. And how badly are his stats inflated by his era?

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

Michel Goulet’s Career:

  • NHL: 1979-94; 15 seasons, all quality
  • Totals:
    • 548G (11th All Time, 6th LW),
    • 605A (7th LW All Time) for
    • 1153P (6th LW All Time)
    • +99 in
    • 1089 Games
    • Goulet is 16th All time in Offensive Point Shares and 18th in Point Shares among LWs
  • Per Game:
    • 19th All Time in GPG (5th LW);
    • Among LWs, Goulet is
    • 7th All Time in APG
    • 3rd All Time in PPG
  • Draft: Drafted 20th overall in 1979, Goulet is
    • 3rd in Goals
    • 6th in Assists
    • 4th in Points
    • 13th in Plus/Minus
    • 4th in Point Shares
    • 11th in Games
  • Era: Of the 9 skaters to play in at least 984 games (12 seasons) between 1979 and 1994, Goulet is
    • 4th in Goals
    • 4th in GPG
    • 10th in Assists
    • 12th in APG
    • 9th in Points
    • 8th in PPG
    • 13th in Plus/Minus
    • 9th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 10th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 41G, 46A for 61P, +7
  • 3-year peak (1983-86): an 80-game average of 60G, 57A for 117P, +29
  • No possession numbers
  • Playoffs:
    • 39G,
    • 39A for
    • 78P,
    • -7 in
    • 92 Games
    • Era: Of the 122 skates to play in at least 82 playoff games between 1979 and 1994, Goulet is
      • 20th in playoff Goals
      • 11th in playoff GPG
      • 57th in playoff Assists
      • 43rd in APG
      • 40th in Points
      • 28th in PPG
      • 92nd in Plus/Minus
      • 91st in Games
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 443G,
      • 495A for
      • 938P
      • 82-game average: 33G, 37A for 71P
      • Per Game: Not in the Top 25
    • VsX:
      • 467G,
      • 558A for 
      • 903P
      • Per Game: Not in the Top 25
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 29 with Greg Millen (32) and a 6th Rounder to Chicago for Mari Doyon (21), Everett Sanipass (22), Dan Vincelette (22)

Michel Goulet’s Accomplishments:

  • Top Player:
    • Top 5 Player (by PS) once (‘84)
    • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘84)
    • Top 10 Offensive Player five times (‘83, ‘85, ‘86, ‘87)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Goals four times
      • Top 10 in Goals six times
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in GPG four times
      • Top 10 in GPG five times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 55 goals twice (1 of only15 players ever)
      • 50 goals four times (1 of only 14 players ever)
      • 45 goals six times (1 of only 11 players ever)
      • 40 goals seven times (1 of only 17 players)
      • 30 goals eight times
      • 25 goals eleven times
      • 20 goals fourteen times
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in Assists once
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in APG once
    • Single-season totals:
      • 60 assists once
      • 50 assists four times
      • 40 assists eight times
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Points once
      • Top 10 four times
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in PPG once
      • Top 10 five times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 120 points once
      • 100 points four times (1 of only 25 players)
      • 90 points six times (1 of only 24 players)
      • 80 points seven times
      • 70 points eight times
      • 60 points eleven times
      • 50 points thirteen times
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star three times
    • 2nd Team All Star twice
    • 5 All Star Game appearances
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 44th All Time
      • Assists: 227th All Time
      • Points: 107th All Time
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 54th All Time
      • Assists: 206th All Time
      • Points: 108th All Time.

Michel Goulet’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘85 Nordiques)
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘82 Nordiques)
    • Injured (missed 6 games) on one Final Four (‘90 Hawks)
  • Canada/World Cup:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘84)
    • Top 9? Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘87 Canada)
  • World Championships:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Bronze (‘83 Canada).

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