Is Kevin Lowe the Worst Player to be Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Normally with our subject lines we ask “Does so and so belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame”? But, with Kevin Lowe, it’s hard to ask that question seriously even though he’s been inducted.

And that’s because, as you’ll see below, Kevin Lowe’s case for Hall of Fame induction rests on one thing and one thing alone: he won some Cups.

So listen to us rant about Kevin Lowe in this episode of our podcast:

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Is Mark Messier the Greatest Leader in Hockey History?

The narrative is that Mark Messier is the Greatest Leader/Captain in NHL history, probably hockey history and (depending upon who you talk to) maybe even in pro sports history.

So the question isn’t whether or not he belongs in the Hall of Fame, but how good he was. And do his “intangibles” make up for never being a top offensive player ever during the course of his career?

Listen to us talk bout Mark Messier:

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Why is Glenn Anderson in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Glenn Anderson was the 5th best player on a dynastic hockey team. He then lucked out and got traded to a team which won him a sixth Stanley Cup. He was never the star of any of those 6 teams and he was only ever briefly a top offensive player in the NHL (when he was playing with 4 Hall of Fame skaters).

Yet he’s been in the Hall of Fame for a while.

In our latest episode, we talk about Anderson’s case, and how it centres on two things: his 6 Cups and his ridiculous playoff totals.

Listen here:

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Does Doug Weight Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Until very recently, Doug Weight was one of the Top 5 American passers in the history of the NHL, and he did so while playing his prime in the Dead Puck (Clutch and Grab) era, at one point scoring over 100 points in a season.

We both fondly remember Weight from those classic Oilers-Stars series of the late ’90s and early ’00s. But does he really deserve a spot in the Hall of Fame?

Listen to our discussion here:

Weight’s stats:

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Does Adam Oates Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Adam Oates doesn’t have a Cup or the award recognition some of Hall of Famers have. Should he have been inducted?

We talk about Oates’ case here:

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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?

Listen to us talk about Bernie Nicholls here:

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Does Vincent Damphousse Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

By offensive numbers alone, it sure looks like there’s no much of a case for Vincent Damphousse to be included in the Hockey Hall of Fame. However, some of us remember him as being particularly reliable defensively. Was he? Did he do enough on that end? Have we forgotten how good he was because he never won the Selke, or are we mis-remembering?

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Damphousse’s stats:

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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:

Pronger’s stats:

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Does Kent Nilsson Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Kent Nilsson has the highest APG and PPG of any eligible NHL player not yet in the Hockey Hall of Fame, he is the only eligible player in the Top 10 in APG and PPG not in the Hall. Why is a player with Top 10 career rate stats not in the Hall of Fame? Does it have to do with how he left the NHL? Does it have to do with his games played and inflated ’80s stats?

Listen as we try to figure out why:

Nilsson’s stats:

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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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