Does Brian Leetch Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

by Håkan Dahlström from Helsingborg, Sweden [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Brian Leetch was one of the greatest offensive defensemen of his era, perhaps even of all time.

That’s what we discuss on his episode of our podcast – where Leetch ranks all time, with multiple long discussions of his role in the 1994 Rangers’ Cup run.

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Does Scott Niedermayer Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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?”

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Does Chris Chelios Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Chris Chelios has one of the most impressive resumes of any American defenseman. He might have the most impressive resume. So the question isn’t so much whether or not he belongs in the Hall of Fame, but where does he rank among the greatest NHL defenders ever.

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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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Is Nicklas Lidstrom the 2nd Best Defenseman of All Time?

If you judge strictly on the basis of Norris Trophy wins, Nicklas Lidstrom is the second best NHL defenseman of all time. Obviously Norris wins are not the only criteria we should use when evaluating NHL D, so in this episode we look at his entire career and try to figure out where he ranks all time.

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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. Listen here:

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Bobby Orr

Career

  • NHL: 1966-79; 12 seasons, 9 quality[1. By Defensive Point Shares]
  • 270G (1st All Time among D at his retirement[2. Orr was ahead by over 100 goals]), 645A (1st D[3. Orr was ahead by nearly 200 assists]) for 915P (1st D[4. Orr was ahead by 299 points]), +597 (2nd All Time[5. All skaters]) in 657 games; 152 PS (3rd All Time[6. 1st All Time among D] at his retirement)
  • At his retirement, Orr was 25th All Time in GPG, 1st in APG[7. Orr is now 3rd All time in APG] and PPG[7. Minimum 500 games][8. Orr is now 4th All Time in PPG]
  • Orr was 11th All Time in OPS[9. 1st Defenceman] and 13th All Time in PS[10. 12th Defenceman] at his retirement
  • Era: Orr is 20th in Goals, 10th in GPG, 4th in Assists and Points, 1st in APG,[10. Orr is ahead by .21 APG] PPG and PS, 2nd in OPS, 3rd in DPS despite being 79th in Games[11. Of the 82 skaters to play in at least 650 games between 1966 and 1979]
  • 82-game average: 34G, 80A for 114P, +75
  • 3-year peak (1969-72): 82-game average of 38G, 96A for 134P
  • Playoffs: 26G, 66A for 92P in 74 games
  • Adjusted: 255G, 623A for 878P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 32G, 78A for 110P
  • Orr is 16th All Time in Adjusted PPG if the qualifier is set at 500 games
  • Never traded.

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