The “Little Ball of Hate” scored 500 goals and racked up nearly 3,000 penalty minutes. But otherwise, he doesn’t have much of a case to join the Hall of Fame, it would seem. So why did we talk about him?
Well, find out by listening to this episode:
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A friend of ours used to claim that Doug Gilmour didn’t belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame because he had “one good year.” This friend used to compare Gilmour’s stats to Kirk Muller’s, apparently because he didn’t know he could look them up on the internet.
Gilmour was only rarely a star offensively but was one of the elite defensive forwards of his era, receiving numerous Selke nominations. In this episode, we discuss whether he should have been inducted and where he ranks among the great players of his era. Listen here:
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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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Bernie Nicholls had one of the greatest individual seasons in the NHL by someone not named Gretzky. But looking at his career playing without Gretzky (or Dionne), his career is a lot less impressive. Does this point per game player belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
Listen to us talk about Bernie Nicholls here:
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Obviously he does deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. The question is more, “where does he rank all time among great NHL defencemen?”
We discuss that here:
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By certain metrics – Defensive Point Shares, Point Shares, Plus/Minus – Brian Rafalski was the second best defenceman to play at least 750 games between 1999 and 2011. But if you watched him play, or you look up his Average Time on Ice (ATOI), you know he was never a #1 defenceman.
So, what gives? Was Rafalski so incredible he should have had his own team? Or did he luck out with his defence partners?
Listen to us discuss Rafalski’s case:
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Does Brendan Shanahan belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? It’s a silly question about one of the greatest power forwards ever. We still ask it and talk about his case.
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Phil Housley has some of the most impressive career offensive totals of any NHL defenceman, especially an American. He is also -53 for his career. Should the Hall of Fame inducted a player who appears, on first glance, to have not been very good in his own end? We discuss in our latest episode. Listen here:
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One of the more controversial recent inductions was Dave Andreychuk, a player whose case is based nearly entirely on longevity.
Does he belong? Listen here:
See Andreychuk’s stats:
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In this episode of The Back Check, we debate whether or not Jaromir Jagr is one of the greatest Right Wings in the history of the NHL. Listen to the show here:
Below we look at his impressive resume:
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