Why is Harry Watson in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Harry Watson won five Cups. And, uh, he was on some leader-boards when he retired in 1957. And, um, he was a pretty good scorer a couple of times.

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This, it appears, was enough to get him inducted into the Hall of Fame nearly 40 years after he retired.

Listen to us discuss Harry Watson’s Hockey Hall of Fame case here:

Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 1994: Harry Watson, the great Lionel Conacher

Not that Harry Watson.

Harry Watson’s Career:

  • NHL: 1941-43, 1945-57; 14 seasons, 9 quality by modern standards of PPG
  • Totals:
    • 236G (12th All Time at his retirement),
    • 207A for
    • 443P (19th All Time at his retirement) in
    • 809 Games (3rd All Time at his retirement);
    • 45.3 PS
  • Per Game: At his retirement, Watson was
    • 25th All Time in GPG
  • Not drafted
  • Era: Of the 17 players to play in at least 656 games (8 modern seasons), between 1941 and 1957, Watson is
    • 5th in Goals
    • 6th in GPG
    • 12th in Assists
    • 13th in APG (though he doesn’t qualify for the APG leader-boards)
    • 6th in Points
    • 9th in PPG (though he doesn’t qualify for the PPG leader-boards)
    • 7th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 10th (4th forward) in Defensive Point Shares
    • 12th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 24G, 21A for 45P
  • 3-year peak (1946-49): 60-game average of 25G, 20A for 45P
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs:
    • 16G (t-25th All Time at his retirement),
    • 9A for
    • 26P in
    • 62 Games
    • Era: Of the 60 skaters to play in 41 playoff games between 1941 and 1957, Watson is
      • 16th in playoff in Goals
      • 20th in playoff GPG (though he doesn’t qualify for the leader-board)
      • 43rd in playoff Assists
      • 47th in playoff APG (though he doesn’t qualify for the leader-board)
      • 28th in playoff Points
      • 29th in playoff PPG (though he doesn’t qualify for the leader-board)
      • 25th in Games
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 292G,
      • 292A for
      • 584P
      • 82-game average: 30G, 30A for 59P (+14P per 82 games)
      • Per Game: obviously not on any leader-boards
    • VsX:
      • 395G
      • Assists: doesn’t qualify
      • Points: doesn’t qualify
  • Trades:
    • Transferred at 19 to the Red Wings in a dispersal draft
    • Traded at 23 to the Maple Leafs for Billy Taylor (27)
    • Traded at 31 to the Black Hawks for cash

Harry Watson’s Accomplishments:

  • Top Player:
    • Top 10 Offensive Player (by OPS) twice (‘46, ‘47)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Goals once
      • Top 10 in twice
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in GPG once
      • Top 10 twice
    • Single-season totals:
      • 25 goals once
      • 20 goals four times
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in Points once
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in PPG once
  • All Star:
    • 7 All Star Games
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 151st All Time
      • Assists: doesn’t qualify
      • Points: doesn’t qualify
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 141st All Time
      • Assists: doesn’t quality
      • Points: doesn’t qualify

Harry Watson’s Great Teams:

  • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘46 Red Wings)
  • Top 6 Forward (by points) on three Champions (‘47, ‘48, ‘49 Leafs) and one Final Four (‘52 Leafs)
  • Role Player (by points) on one Champion (‘43 Red Wings) and two Final Fours (‘50, ‘54 Leafs)
  • Injured (missed over 50% of the games) on one Champion (‘51 Leafs)

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