Is Guy Lapointe one of the Geastest Defencemen of All Time?

Is Guy Lapointe one of the greatest defencemen of all time?

He never won a Norris, but his career partially overlapped with Bobby Orr’s. And he won 6 Stanley Cups and a Canada Cup.

So where does he rank all time?

Listen to us discuss Guy Lapointe here:

Edgar Laprade, Guy Lapointe, Steve Shutt, Billy Smith

Guy Lapointe’s Career:

  • NHL: 1968-84; 16 seasons, 13 quality
  • Totals:
    • 171G (6th D All Time at his retirement),
    • 451A (7th D All Time at his retirement) for
    • 622P (6th D All Time at his retirement),
    • +329 (20th All Time, 11th at his retirement) in
    • 884 Games (25th D All Time at his retirement);
    • 108.3 PS (8th D All Time at his retirement);
    • At his retirement, Lapointe was 6th All Time in Offensive Point Shares among D
    • At his retirement, Lapointe was 16th All Time in Defensive Point Shares
  • Per Game: Among D at his retirement, Lapointe was
    • 6th All Time in APG
    • 6th All Time in PPG (11 qualifying players);
    • Lapointe doesn’t qualify for the GPG leader-board but, if the qualifier is lowered to 150 goals, Lapointe was 
    • 6th in All Time in GPG (8 qualifying players)
  • Not drafted
  • Era: Of the 18 D to play in at least 738 games (9 modern seasons) between 1968 and 1984, Lapointe is
    • 3rd in Goals
    • 2nd in GPG
    • 5th in Assists
    • 5th in APG
    • 5th in Points
    • 5th in PPG
    • 5th in Plus/Minus
    • 3rd in Offensive Point Shares
    • 5th in Defensive Point Shares
    • 4th in Point Shares
    • 7th in Games
  • 82-game average: 16G, 43A for 57P, +31
  • 3-year peak (1974-77): 80-game average of 25G, 50A for 75P, +40
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs:
    • 26G (3rd D All Time at his retirement),
    • 44A (10th D All Time at his retirement) for 
    • 70P (6th D All Time at his retirement),
    • +39 (9th D All Time at his retirement) in
    • 123 Games (9th D All Time at his retirement)
    • Per Game: Among D at his retirement, Lapointe was
      • 5th All Time in playoff GPG (6 qualifying players)
      • 17th All Time in playoff APG (21 qualifying players)
      • 8th All Time in playoff PPG (12 qualifying players)
    • Era: Of the 15 D to play in at least 82 playoff games between 1968 and 1984, Lapointe is
      • 3rd in Goals
      • 3rd in GPG
      • 6th in Assists
      • 7th in APG
      • 4th in Points
      • 5th in PPG
      • 8th in Plus/Minus
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 151G,
      • 399A for 
      • 550P
      • 82-game average: 14G, 37A for 51P (-6P per 82 games)
      • Per Game: Doesn’t qualify
    • VsX: Doesn’t qualify for the adjustment
  • Trades: 
    • Traded at nearly 34 to St. Louis for a 1983 2nd Rounder (Sergio Momesso)

Guy Lapointe’s Accomplishments:

  • Top 5 in Norris voting six times
  • Top Player:
    • Top 5 Player (by PS) twice (‘73, ‘76)
    • Top 10 Player four times (‘75, ‘77)
    • Best Defensive Player (by DPS) once (‘76)
    • Top 5 three times (‘73, ‘77)
  • Goals:
    • 25 Goals twice (1 of only 8 D ever)
    • 20 Goals three times (1 of only 20 D ever)
    • 15 goals five times (1 of only 7 D at his retirement)
  • Assists:
    • 50 Assists once
    • 50 Assists five times (1 of only 6 D at his retirement)
  • Points:
    • 70 points twice (1 of only 9 D at his retirement)
    • 60 points three times (1 of only 13 D at his retirement)
    • 50 points six times (1 of only 7 D at his retirement)
  • Plus/Minus:
    • Top 5 in Plus/Minus twice
    • Top 10 five times
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star once
    • 2nd Team All Star three times
    • 4 All Star Game appearances
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: doesn’t qualify
      • Assists: 241st All Time
      • Points: doesn’t qualify
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: doesn’t qualify
      • Assists 248th All Time
      • Points: doesn’t qualify

Guy Lapointe’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best D (by points, led playoffs in Plus/Minus) on one Champion (‘73 Canadiens) and one Final Four (‘75 Canadiens)
    • Top 2 D (by points) on two Champions (‘76, ‘77 Canadiens)
    • Top 4 D (by points) on three Champions (‘71, ‘78, ‘79 Canadiens)
  • Canada/World Cup:
    • Unknown Role (didn’t score) on one Champion (‘76 Canada)
  • Summit Series:
    • Role Player (by points) on one Champion (‘72 Canada)

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