Is Bobby Hull the Greatest Left Wing of All Time?

Many 21st century hockey fans likely think the answer to the question “Who is the Greatest Left Winger of All Time?” has an easy answer, Alex Ovechkin.

But it’s possible we don’t remember how dominant Bobby Hull truly was. Hull won 2 Hart trophies and 3 Art Ross trophies. But he was a Hart finalist for most of a decade. Additionally, he was, by most standards, the best offensive player of his era, both in the regular season and, crucially, in the playoffs.

And then he went to another league and dominated it in his late 30s. (It’s possible his departure to the WHA colours how we think of his career.)

So, is Bobby Hull the Greatest LW of All Time? Listen here:

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Does Dave Keon Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

For some Dave Keon is perhaps the best defensive forward of the 1960s and one of the Greatest Maple Leafs of All Time.

For others, Keon’s per game numbers leave a lot to be desired. And his offensive numbers during the 1967 playoffs do not justify his Conn Smythe.

So, does Dave Keon belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

List to us discuss his Hall of Fame case here:

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Is Paul Coffey the Greatest Offensive Defenceman of All Time?

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Paul Coffey’s offensive stats are just staggering. He owns the single season goals record for a defender and almost topped Orr’s points record. He had both an extremely high offensive peak and also did things consistently through his career that few have ever done before. If he was healthier at the end, he probably would be the highest scoring D in NHL history.

But, especially in the ’80s, there were huge concerns about his defense. And some people still believe he should have played forward.

So where does he rank all time? Does such a player belong in the Hall of Fame?

Listen to us talk about Paul Coffey here:

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Is Ron Francis One of the Great Centres in NHL History?

Ron Francis undoubtedly belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Skaters who played as long as he did and were as consistently good as he was always get in.

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But the real question is, how good was he? He was never really a top offensive star and his best years came as the second line centre on a team with two of the best forwards in history (and one of the two candidates for best centre ever).

Listen to us debate Francis’ career here:

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Does Pat Verbeek Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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:

Stats:

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Does Mark Howe Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

When Mark Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame there was some controversy: They inducted who???

But Mark Howe was one of the elite NHL defensemen of the 1980s. Before that, he was one of the best forwards in the WHA.

We talk about Mark How’s case in our latest episode. Listen here:

Mark Howe’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 Brendan Shanahan Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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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Does Chris Pronger Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Chris Pronger was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame even while under contract to an NHL team. What was the rush inducting while he was still technically active? Was he really that good.

In this episode we discuss Pronger’s career and his HOF case.

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Gordie Howe

Career

  • NHL: 1946-71; 1979-80; 26 seasons, 25 quality
  • Totals:
    • 801G (2nd All Time – Howe was the career leader in goals from 1963-64 until 1993-94),
    • 1049A (9th – Howe was the career leader in assists from 1957-58 until 1987-88) for
    • 1850P (4th – Howe was the career leader in points from 1959-60 until 1989-90),
    • 87 (since 1967-68] in 1767 games (1st);
    • 217.1 PS (1st at his retirement, Howe is now 3rd All Time)
  • Per Games: At his initial retirement in 1971 Howe was
    • 6th All Time in GPG, and
    • 5th in APG and
    • 5th in PPG (Howe was the career leader in PPG from 1953-54 until 1958-59)
    • (8. Minimum 500 games -if the qualifier is raised to 750 games, Howe was 3rd in GPG, APG and 4th in PPG All time)
  • At his initial retirement, Howe was 1st All Time in Offensive Point Shares (Howe is now 2nd)
  • Era: It does not make sense to talk about how Howe compares to his era because he played longer than anyone else and scored more than everyone else
  • 82-game average: 37G, 48A for 86P
  • 3-year peak (1950-53): 70-game average of 46G, 43A for 89P
  • Playoffs:
    • Totals:
      • 68G (17th All Time),
      • 92A (Howe was the career leader in playoff assists from 1957 until 1971) for
      • 160P (20th – Howe was the career leader in playoff points from 1964 until 1971) in
      • 157 games
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 925G (1st All Time), 1265A (2nd) for 2190P (2nd)
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 43G, 59A for 102P
      • If the qualifier is set to 750 games, Howe is 7th All Time in Adjusted PPG (If the qualifier raised to 1,000 games, Howe is 3rd All Time)
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