Is Bill Barber one of the Greatest Left Wings of All Time?

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Bill Barber had one excellent regular season, led one playoff in Goals, won 2 Cups and went to four Finals.

But, other than that, his career was not amazing. Unless you compare him to other Left Wings.

So, is Bill Barber one of the Greatest Left Wings of All Time? And does that make him Hall of Fame worthy?

Listen to us talk about Bill Barber’s Hockey Hall of Fame case here:

Hall of Fame Class of 1990: Bill Barber, Fernie Flaman, Gilbert Perreault

Bill Barber’s Career:

  • NHL: 1972-84; 12 seasons, all quality
  • Totals:
    • 420G (17th All Time at his retirement),
    • 463A for
    • 883P (24th All Time at his retirement),
    • +312 (15th All Time at his retirement) in 
    • 903 Games;
    • 81.3 PS
  • Per Game: At his retirement, Barber was
    • 25th All Time in GPG
  • Draft: Drafted 7th overall in 1972, Barber is
    • 2nd in Goals
    • 1st in Assists
    • 1st in Points
    • 2nd in Plus/Minus
    • 1st in Point Shares
    • 5th in Games
  • Era: Of the 20 skaters to play in at least 820 games between 1972 and 1984, Barber is
    • 4th in Goals
    • 4th in GPG
    • 7th in Assists
    • 7th in APG
    • 6th in Points
    • 6th in PPG
    • 5th in Plus/Minus
    • 7th in Games
  • 82-game average: 39G, 42A for 80P, +28
  • 3-year peak (1973-76): 40G, 46A for 86P, +52 [Barber’s 2 best seasons are 6 years apart so the 3-year peak is unfair to him]
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs:
    • 53G (13th All Time at his retirement),
    • 55A for
    • 108P (20th All Time at his retirement),
    • +25 in
    • 129 Games
    • Per Game: At his retirement, Barber was
      • 21st All Time in playoff PPG
    • Era: Of the 48 skaters to play in at least 82 playoff games between 1972 and 1984, Barber is
      • 3rd in playoff Goals
      • 7th in playoff GPG
      • 10th in playoff Assists
      • 18th in playoff APG
      • 6th in playoff Points
      • 14th in playoff PPG
      • 18th in playoff Plus/Minus
      • 6th in playoff Games
  • Adjusted for Era:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 351G,
      • 394A for
      • 745P
      • 82-game average: 32G, 36A for 68P (-12P in 82 Games)
    • VsX:
      • 378G
      • Assists: doesn’t qualify
      • 755P
  • Never traded.

Bill Barber’s Achievements:

  • Top 5 in Calder voting
  • Top Player:
    • Top 10 Player (by Point Shares) once (‘76)
    • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘76)
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star once
    • 2nd Team All Star twice
    • 6 All Star Game appearances
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Goals once
      • Top 10 twice
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in GPG once
    • Single-season totals:
      • 50 goals once
      • 45 goals twice
      • 40 goals five times (1 ofd only 13 players at his retirement)
      • 30 goals nine times (1 of only 14 players at his retirement)
      • 25 goals ten times (1 of only 18 players at his retirement)
      • 20 goals twelve times (1 of only 21 players at his retirement)
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in Assists once
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in APG once
    • Single-season totals:
      • 60 assists once (1 of ly 6 LW ever at his retirement)
      • 40 assists four times (1 of only 7 LW ever at his retirement)
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Points once
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in PPG once
    • Single-season totals:
      • 110 points once (1 of only 24 players ever at his retirement)
      • 80 points four times (1 of only 4 LW at his retirement)
      • 70 points seven times (1 of only 21 players ever at his retirement)
      • 60 points ten times (1 of only 17 players at ever at his retirement)
      • 50 points 12 times (if only 19 players ever at his retirement)
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 130th All Time
      • Assists: doesn’t qualify
      • Points: 189th All Time
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 109th All Time
      • Assists: doesn’t qualify
      • Points: 150th All Time

Bill Barber’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward (led playoffs in goals) on one Runner Up (‘80 Flyers)
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘75 Flyers)
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘76 Flyers) and two Final Fours (‘77, ‘78 Flyers)
    • Top 9 Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘74 Flyers) and one Final Four (‘73 Flyers)
  • Canada (World) Cup:
    • Role Player (by points) on one Champion (‘76 Canada)
  • World Championships:
    • Top 3 Forward (co-led tournament in goals) on one World Championship Bronze (‘82 Canada)

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