Does Luc Robitaille Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Of course the real question is, “is Luc Robitaille the Greatest Left Wing of All Time?” That’s the real question because, of all left-shooting Left Wings in NHL history, Robitaille is first in both goals and points.

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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 Mathieu Schneider Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

In journeyman career that saw him play for way too many teams, Mathieu Schneider amassed enough points to make him one of the top 25 offensive defensmen in NHL history (if you go by totals, not per game). That surprised us.

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But Schneider has few individual accolades and not a lot of team success.

So does he belong in the Hall of Fame?

We discuss it on our latest episode. Listen here:

Schneider’s stats:

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Does Jeremy Roenick Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Jeremy Roenick was a dominant offensive player who was one of the few true personalities in a league known for extremely boring players.

Or was he a dominant offensive player? Both of us remember him being dominant but the stats don’t really back it up.

Listen to us discuss Roenick’s case in our latest episode:

Roenick’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 Bernie Nicholls Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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?

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Does Rob Blake Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Rob Blake was one of the star offensive defencemen of his era. But he likely didn’t deserve his Norris Trophy the year he won it. Does he still belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Rob Blake’s stats:

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Does Jarome Iginla Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Though he’s technically still active, we decided there was no way he was going to improve his case if he ever did manage to make an NHL comeback, so we decided to talk about Jarome Iginla’s case. You can listen to the episode here:

And here are Iginla’s stats:

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Marcel Dionne

Career

  • NHL: 1971-89; 18 seasons, 17 quality
  • 731G (5th All Time), 1040A (10th) for 1771P (6th), +28 in 1348 games; 155.5 PS
  • Dionne is 16th All Time in GPG, 9th in APG and 6th in PPG
  • Dionne is 9th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • In his Draft Class,[1. 1971] Dionne[2. Drafted2nd overall] is 1st in Games, Goals, Assists and Points
  • Era: Dionne is 1st in Goals,[3. Dionne is ahead by 231 goals] GPG,[4. Dionne is ahead by .09 GPG] Assists,[5. Dionne is ahead by 260 assists] APG,[6. Dionne is ahead by .07 APG] Points,[7. Dionne is ahead by 517 points] PPG,[8. Dionne is ahead by .18 PPG] OPS,[9. Dionne is ahead by 46.2 Offensive Point Shares] and Games, he is 2nd in PS[10. Of the 5 players to play in at least 1100 games between 1971 and 1989. Because Dionne was remarkably healthy and his career so long, only 1 of other player played 1200 games during this span.]
  • 82-game average: 44G, 63A for 107P, +2
  • 3-year peak (1978-81): 82-game average of 57G, 77A for 134P, +38
  • Playoffs: 21G, 24A for 45P, -5[8. Since 1984-85] in 49 games
  • Adjusted: 610G (16th All Time), 883A (18th) for 1493P (12th)
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 37G, 54A for 91P
  • If the qualifier is set to 750 games, Dionne is 14th All Time in Adjusted PPG[11. If the qualifier is raised to 1,000 games, Dionne is 8th All Time]
  • Dionne has the 4th highest Dominance Quotient ever
  • Traded once in his prime and once at the end of his career.

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Wayne Gretzky

Career

  • NHL: 1979-99; 20 seasons, all quality
  • WHA: 1978-79, 1 quality season
  • Totals:
    • 894G (1st All Time – Gretzky is ahead by 93 goals),
    • 1963A (1st – Gretzky is ahead by over 700 assists) for
    • 2857P (1st – Gretzky is head by nearly 1000 points),¬†
    • +518 (4th) in
    • 1487 games (18th);
    • 251 PS (1st),
    • 21:04 ATOI (minutes were tracked for only the final season of Gretzky’s career)
  • Gretzky is
    • 7th All Time in GPG (Gretzky¬†held the career record for GPG from the 1982-83 season till the 1989-90 season) and
    • 1st in APG (Gretzky is ahead of Lemieux by nearly .2 assists per game) and
    • 1st in PPG
  • Gretzky is the career leader in Offensive Point Shares
  • Era: Come on…it’s Gretzky, we don’t need to know how he compares to his era
  • 82-game average: 50G, 108A for 145P, +29
  • 3-year peak (1983-86): 82-game average of 75G, 145A for 220P
  • Playoffs:
    • Totals:
      • 122G (1st All Time),
      • 260A (1st – Gretzky is ahead by nearly 80 assists) for
      • 382P (1st – Gretzky is ahead by nearly 100 points) in
      • 208 games (16th)
    • Per Game: Gretzky is
      • 6th All time in playoff GPG and
      • 1st in APG (Gretzky is ahead by over .3 APG) and
      • 1st in PPG (Gretzky is ahead by over .2 PPG)
  • He also held the career playoff GPG record from 1987 until 1991
  • Adjusted: 758G (3rd All Time), 1717A (1st) for 2475P (1st)
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 42G, 95A for 136P
  • If the qualifier is set to 500 games, Gretzky is 2nd All Time in Adjusted PPG (if the qualifier is set to 1,000 games, Gretzky is 1st All Time by nearly .25 PPG)
  • Gretzky has the highest Dominance Quotient ever (early 2.5 times better than the next person on the list, Mario Lemieux)
  • Traded once in his prime and once near the end of his career.
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