Does Bryan Trottier Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Bryan Trottier won six Cups, a Hart, an Art Ross, a Conn Smythe (and should have won a second) and was among the all time leading scorers in NHL history when he retired.

Really the only blemish on his career is that adjustments for era hurt him a little bit.

So it’s obvious he belongs in the Hall of Fame and the question really is, where does he rank all time among NHL centres?

Listen to us talk about Trottier here:

Hall of Fame Class of 1997: Mario Lemieux, Bryan Trottier

Bryan Trottier’s Career:

  • NHL: 1975-94; 18 seasons, 15 quality
  • Totals:
    • 524G (15th All Time at his retirement),
    • 901A (19th All Time, 6th at his retirement) for
    • 1425P (17th All Time, 6th at his retirement),
    • +449 (9th All Time, 8th at his retirement) in
    • 1279 Games (17th at his retirement);
    • 120.2 PS (23rd at his retirement)
    • Trottier was 18th All Time in Offensive Point Shares at his retirement)
  • Per Game:
    • 23rd All Time in APG
    • 22nd All Time in PPG
  • Draft: Drafted 22nd overall in 1974, Trottier is
    • 1st in Goals (by over 100)
    • 1st in Assists (by over 350)
    • 1st in Points (by over 600)
    • 1st in Plus/Minus (by nearly 50)
    • 1st in Point Shares
    • 1st in Games (by nearly 250)
  • Era: Of the 17 skaters to play in at least 1066 games (13 modern seasons) between 1974 and 1994, Trottier is
    • 5th in Goals
    • 6th in GPG
    • 2nd in Assists
    • 5th in APG
    • 3rd in Points
    • 4th in PPG
    • 4th in Plus/Minus
    • 3rd in Offensive Point Shares
    • 9th in Defensive Point Shares (1st Forward)
    • 6th in Point Shares (3rd Forward)
  • 82-game average: 34G, 57A for 91P, +29
  • 3-year peak (1977-80): 80-game average of 47G, 78A for 125P, +55 [Trottier’s 4 best seasons are 6 years apart]
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs:
    • 71G (16th All Time, 8th at his retirement),
    • 112A (18th, 6th at his retirement) for
    • 183P (12th, 5th at his retirement),
    • +31 in
    • 221 Games (11th, 2nd at his retirement)
    • Era: Of the 145 skaters to play in at least 82 playoff games between 1975 and 1994, Trottier is
      • 6th in playoff Goals
      • 37th in playoff GPG
      • 5th in playoff Assists
      • 35th in playoff APG
      • 5th in playoff Points
      • 35th in playoff PPG
      • 20th in playoff Plus/Minus
      • 1st in playoff Games
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 428G (25th All Time at his retirement),
      • 749A (13th at his retirement) for 
      • 1177P (15th at his retirement)
      • 82-game average: 27G, 48A for 75P (-16P per 82 games)
      • Per Game: Not in the Top 25
    • VsX: 
      • 458G,
      • 866A for
      • 1159P
      • Per Game: Not in the Top 25; however if the qualifier is set to 1230 games, Trottier is
        • 23rd All Time in VsX Adjusted APG
        • 23rd All Time in VsX Adjusted PPG
  • Never traded.

Bryan Trottier’s Accomplishments:

  • Hart (‘79)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting a further four times
  • Conn Smythe (‘80)
  • Art Ross (‘79)
  • Calder (‘76)
  • Clancy (‘89)
  • Back Check MVP (‘79)
  • Back Check Best Player (‘79)
  • Top Player:
    • Top 5 Player (by PS) twice (‘79, ‘82)
    • Top 10 Player three times (‘78)
    • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) three times (‘78, ‘79, ‘82)
    • Top Top five times (‘80,’84)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Goals twice
      • Top 10 in Goals three times
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in GPG once
      • Top 10 twice
    • Single-season totals:
      • 50 goals once
      • 45 goals three times
      • 40 goals five times
      • 35 goals six times
      • 30 goals eleven times (1 of only 19 skaters ever)
      • 25 goals thirteen times
      • 20 goals fourteen times
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in Assists twice
      • Top 5 in Assists seven times (10th most ever)
      • Top 10 eight times
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Led the league in APG twice
      • Top 5 five times
      • Top 10 eight times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 80 assists once
      • 70 assists five times (1 of only 8 players ever)
      • 60 assists eight times (1 of only 10 players)
      • 50 assists eleven times (1 of only 12 players)
      • 40 assists twelve times
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in Points once
      • Top 5 three times
      • Top 10 six times
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Led the league in PPG once
      • Top 5 four times
      • Top 10 six times
    • Single season totals:
      • 130 points once (1 of only 23 players ever)
      • 120 points three times (1 of only 12 players)
      • 110 points four times (1 of only 12 players)
      • 100 points six times (1 of only 15 players)
      • 90 points eight times (1 of only 11 players)
      • 80 points eleven times (1 of only 10 players)
      • 70 points twelve times (1 of only 21 players)
      • 50 points thirteen times
  • Plus/Minus:
    • Led the league in Plus/Minus once
    • Top 5 four times
    • Top 10 five times
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star twice
    • 2nd Team All Star twice
    • 8 All Star Game appearances
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 118th All Time
      • Assists: 28th All Time
      • Points: 26th All Time
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 112th All Time
      • Assists: 26th All Time
      • Points: 24th All Time

Bryan Trottier’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • MVP (led playoffs in goals and points) on one Champion (‘80 Islanders)
    • Best Player (led playoffs in assists and points) on one Champion (‘82 Islanders)
    • Top 3 Forward (tied playoff lead in assists) on one Champion (‘81 Islanders)
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘83 Islanders) and one Runner Up (‘84 Islanders)
    • Top 9 Forward (by points) on two Champions (‘91, ‘92 Penguins)
  • Canada (World) Cup:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘81 Canada)
  • WJCs:
    • To 3 Forward (by points) on one World Junior Runner Up (‘75 Canada)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.