Marcel Dionne’s regular season numbers are absolutely incredible, yet he’s rarely talked about as among the greatest forwards or even centres of all time.
Why is that?
Well, a lot has to do with his playoff numbers, which are, um, awful.
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Billy Smith’s playoff accomplishments are legendary.
But are his stats good enough for him to be discussed among the greatest NHL goalies ever?
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5 Cups, scored 60 goals, Steve Shutt probably belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame, right?
Well, Shutt probably wasn’t as good as you remember: not a point-per-game player and all his best years came playing with Guy Lafleur.
So, does Steve Shutt actually belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
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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?
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There are few more controversial inductees than New York Rangers centre Edgar Laprade.
If you don’t know about the controversy, it’s because Laprade was inducted in the early 1990s, before internet hockey Hall of Fame discussion really took off.
But, make no mistake, Laprade’s case is slight. (To put it mildly.) We really don’t know why he’s in.
If you know, please comment below.
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Lionel Conacher was one of the best defenders of his era.
But that’s not what impresses when you look back at his career. Rather, it’s his incredible versatility.
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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.
This, it appears, was enough to get him inducted into the Hall of Fame nearly 40 years after he retired.
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Frederick “Bun” Cook, Bill Cook’s younger brother, does not have his brother’s stats or achievements.
But he does has some periodic individual success. And he may have had a hand in inventing both the slap-shot and the drop-pass.
So, does Bun Cook belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
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Bobby Bauer was part of the famous Kraut Line. And he won two Stanley Cups, one Memorial Cup and one Allan Cup. (He might be the last hockey player to win all three.)
But he was never even the best player on his own team, let alone in the league. And he underperformed in the NHL playoffs.
Not only is it kind of strange that he’s in the Hall of Fame, but it’s extra strange he was inducted 40+ years after he retired and over 30 years after he died.
So why is Bobby Bauer in the Hall of Fame?
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Bryan Trottier won six Cups, a Hart, an Art Ross, a Conn Smythe (and should have won a second) and was among the all time leading scorers in NHL history when he retired.
Really the only blemish on his career is that adjustments for era hurt him a little bit.
So it’s obvious he belongs in the Hall of Fame and the question really is, where does he rank all time among NHL centres?
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