Does Dave Taylor Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Aside from Marcel Dionne and Luke Robitaille, perhaps nobody is identified is identified with the pre-Gretzky Los Angeles Kings as King lifer Dave Taylor.

Despite never playing a full season, Taylor put up impressive numbers throughout his career, much of it spent on the first line of the kings.

But are his stats enough to get him in the Hall? We discuss his case in our latest episode:

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Does Theo Fleury Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Flames fans will tell you Fleury belongs in the Hall of Fame. How do the rest of us feel? And what do we make of Fleury’s infamous substance abuse issues – do they disqualify him?

Listen to us talk about Theo Fleury’s case for the Hall of Fame here:

Fleury’s stats:

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Does Tim Kerr Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Who is the only eligible NHL player to be in the Top 10 in Goals Per Game but not in the Hall of Fame? Why it’s Tim Kerr, who is 10th All Time in GPG and, yes, not in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

How is it that one of the best goal scorers in the history of the NHL is no the the Hall of Fame? We talk about that, and Kerr’s overall case in general, in this episode.

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Tim Kerr’s stats:

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Does Vincent Lecavalier Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Vincent Lecavalier is one of those classic “one great year” cases; he was a dominant player for a season or two but, for much of the rest of his career, he was merely good. Was Lecavalier’s peak good enough for him to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Lecvalier’s stats are below:

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Does Alexander Mogilny Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Alex Mogilny had one of the best goal-scoring seasons in the history of the NHL and one other pretty dominant season. But the knock on him was his consistency, as he had very mediocre years in between his good years.

Mogilny is also notable for being one of the last USSR players to defect to the States, and having never played internationally for Russia once he did so.

In this episode, we discuss his convoluted case for induction:

Here are his stats:

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Does Daniel Alfredsson Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Every year, Daniel Alfredsson’s name comes up on a list of eligible players for the Hockey Hall of Fame, due to his career games and points. There is great disagreement as to whether or not he belongs.

In our latest episode, we discuss his case:

You can see his stats below:

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Does Gary Suter Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Gary Suter is one of the top offensive defencemen in the history of the NHL. However, many of the defenders above Suter on the points list played at exactly the same time so, in context, his impressive offensive numbers don’t look so impressive.

We talk about Suter’s case here:

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Defensive Defensemen

Since the position of defenseman was created, there have been defenders who contributed to the team’s offense and there have been players who didn’t much. But this difference was exacerbated by the expansion of the NHL in 1967 and the phenomenon of Bobby Orr, who destroyed scoring records for defenders, and showed that teams could expect scoring from the back-end in ways they never imagined.

This change essentially created a dichotomy between “offensive” defensemen, who scored a lot, albeit not quite as much as Bobby Orr, and “defensive” defensemen, who didn’t score much at all. For our purposes, we’ve arbitrarily assumed that a “defensive defenseman” is a defender which manged .35 adjusted PPG or less throughout their NHL career.

The Hall of Fame’s attitude towards defensively inclined defenders also changed since expansion. The Hall of Fame has inducted six NHL defensemen from that era who scored less than .35 adjusted PPG (of a total of 16 legitimate candidates they could have inducted). But the Hall of Fame has inducted exactly one player who fits the bill, Rod Langway, to play the majority of his career since expansion.

This leads to three possible conclusions:

  • Rod Langway was the best defensive defenseman since expansion, significantly better than any other, and he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame while no other player with a similar skill set deserves the honour. OR
  • There are other players of Rod Langway’s ability who have been forgotten or overlooked because they didn’t get the awards votes (Norris and Hart) that Langway got, and they deserve to be in. OR
  • Rod Langway’s awards votes are a historical curiosity that won’t happen again and he didn’t necessarily deserve them, nor do other players who fail to contribute offensively, and no defensive defensemen should be inducted into the Hall of Fame going forward.

How do we sort out this problem?

That’s the topic of our latest episode. Listen here:

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Zigmund Palffy

A lot of people probably think Ziggy Palffy doesn’t have a case in hell for Hall of Fame. Well, we beg top differ.

In our latest episode, hear us make a case for Palffy’s induction, based upon the standards set by previous inductees. Listen here:

Palffy’s stats:

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Does Sergei Gonchar Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

We doubt Sergei Gonchar is a name many would have considered for induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame. But he had a rather great career despite his lack of accodalades. In our latest episode, we debate whether or not he deserves to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Listen here:

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