Does Borje Salming Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Borje Salming was arguably the first European-trained (as opposed to European-born) NHL star. And for 6 years in a row he made the end of season All Star Team (though usually as a 2nd Team All Star).

But what about his lack of team success?

Does Salming still belong in the Hall of Fame? Listen to us discuss his case here:

Hall of Fame Class of 1996: Borje Salming, Bobby Bauer

Borje Salming’s Career:

  • NHL: 1973-90; 17 seasons, all quality
  • Totals:
    • 150G (17th D All Time at his retirement),
    • 637A (15th D All Time, 6th at his retirement) for
    • 787P (17th D All Time, 7th at his retirement),
    • +170 in
    • 1148 games (8th D All Time at his retirement);
    • 112.8 PS (9th D at his retirement)
    • Salming was 10th All Time in Offensive Point Shares among D at his retirement
    • Salming was 16th All Time in Defensive Point Shares at his retirement
  • Per game: Among D, Salming is
    • 18th All time in APG
    • 20th All Time in PPG
  • Era: Of the 12 D to play in at least 902 games (11 modern seasons) between 1973 and 1990, Salming is
    • 5th in Goals
    • 6th in GPG
    • 3rd in Assists
    • 3rd in APG
    • 3rd in Points
    • 4th in PPG
    • 4th in Plus/Minus
    • 3rd in Offensive Point Shares
    • 3rd in Defensive Point Shares
    • 3rd in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 11G, 45A for 57P, +12
  • 3-year peak (1976-79): 80-game average of 15G, 62A for 78P, +36
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs:
    • 12G (25th D All Time at his retirement),
    • 37A for
    • 49P,
    • -11 in
    • 81 Games
    • Per Game: At his retirement, Salming was
      • 23rd All Time among D in playoff APG
    • Era: Of the 112 D to play in at least 41 playoff games between 1973 and 1990, Salming is
      • 19th in Goals
      • 21st in GPG
      • 19th in Assists
      • 18th in APG
      • 19th in Points
      • 22nd in PPG
      • 92nd in Plus/Minus
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 126G,
      • 536A for
      • 662P
      • 82-game average: 9G, 38A for 47P (-10P per 82 games)
      • Per Game: Among D, Salming is not in the Top 25 of any leader-boards
    • VsX:
      • Goals: doesn’t qualify
      • 631A
      • Points: doesn’t qualify
      • Per Game: Obviously not in the Top 25
  • Never traded.

Borje Salming’s Accomplishments:

  • Top 5 in Hart voting once
  • Top 5 in Norris voting seven times
  • Top Player:
    • Top 10 Player (by PS) once (‘79)
    • Top 5 Defensive Player (by DPS) once (‘79)
    • Top 10 Defensive Player three times (‘74, ‘78)
  • Goals:
    • 15 goals four times (1 of only 22 D at his retirement)
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Assists once
      • Top 10 twice
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in APG once
      • Top 10 three times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 60 assists three times (1 of only 9 D ever)
      • 50 assists five times (1 of only 14 D ever)
      • 40 assists seven times (1 of only 21 D ever)
  • Points:
    • 70 points four times (1 of only 12 D ever)
    • 60 points five times (1 of only 20 D ever)
    • 50 points seven times (1 of only 24 ever)
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star once
    • 2nd Team All Star five times
    • 3 All Star Game appearances
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: doesn’t qualify
      • Assists: 123rd All Time
      • Points: doesn’t qualify
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: doesn’t qualify
      • Assists: 125th All Time
      • Points: doesn’t qualify

Borje Salming’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Injured (missed >50% of games) on one Final Four (‘78 Leafs)
  • World Championships:
    • Best Player (by points) and Media All Star on one Runner Up (‘73 Sweden)
    • Unknown role (by points) on one one Bronze (‘72 Sweden)

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