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Episode 4: Iginla, Selanne and Pitre


NHL: 1996-2017; 20 seasons, 18 quality
625G (15th All Time), 675A for 1300 points in 1554 games (13th), +30; 19:44 ATOI*; 157.9 Point Shares
Iginla is 14th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
In his draft class (1995), Iginla is 1st in Goals, Assists, Points and Games and 10th in Plus Minus, despite being drafted 11th overall
Era: Of the 9 players to play in at least 1,250 games between 1996 and 2017, Iginla is
1st in Goals
3rd in GPG
3rd in Assists
4th in APG
3rd in Points
4th in PPG
5th in Plus Minus
2nd in Offensive Point Shares
2nd in Point Shares
82-game average: 33G, 35A for 69P, +2
3-year peak (2006-09): 82-game average of 44G, 56A for 99P, +13
Possession (since 2007-08): 49.6 CF%, 0.1 CF%Rel, 48.9FF%, -0.8FF%Rel [It’s worth noting that his possession stats for the first couple seasons once they started tracking them, are borderline-elite, then they fall down to below average]
Playoffs: 37G, 31A for 68P in 81 games, +7
Adjusted: 706G (6th All Time), 739A for 1445P (15th)
Adjusted 82-game average: 37G, 40A for 76P
Adjusted PPG:
If the qualifier is set at 1,250 games, Iginla is 22nd All Time in Adjusted PPG
If the qualifier is lowered to 1,000 games, he drops out of the Top 25
Traded three times at the end of his career.
Ted Lindsay once (‘02)
Art Ross once (‘02), Richard twice (‘02, ‘04)
King Clancy once (‘04)
Top 5 in Hart Voting thrice (‘02, ‘04, ‘08)
Top 5 Player (by Point Shares) once (‘02), Top 10 Player twice (‘08)
Best Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘02), Top 5 thrice (‘08, ‘11), Top 10 five times (‘04, ‘07)
Scored 50 goals twice, 40 goals four times, 35 goals eight times (1 of only 22 players), 30 goals twelve times (1 of only 13 players, and of the 11 players to score 30 goals ten years in a row only Jagr and Iginla played in the Dead Puck Era), 25 goals fifteen times (1 of only 11 players), 20 goals seventeen times (1 of only 14 players)
Tallied 50 assists twice, 40 assists six times
Scored 90 points thrice, 80 points five times, 70 points seven times, 60 points thirteen times (1 of only 25 players), 50 points sixteen times (1 of only 23 players)
Led the league in Goals twice, Top 5 four times
Led the league in GPG once, Top 5 four times, Top 10 five times
Top 10 in Assists once
Top 10 in APG once
Led the league in Points once, Top 5 twice, Top 10 four times
Top 5 in PPG twice, Top 10 four times
1st Team All Star thrice, 2nd Team once
6 All Star Game appearances.
Great Teams
Best Skater (led playoffs in Goals) on one Runner Up (‘04 Flames), Top 9 Forward on one Final Four (‘13 Penguins)
Top 3 Forward (by points - led tournament in Goals) on one Olympic Champion (‘10 Canada), Top 9? Forward (by points) on one Olympic Champion (‘02 Canada)
Top 9? Forward (by points) on one World Cup Champion (‘04 Canada)
Top 6? Forward (by points) on one Word Champion (‘97 Canada)
Best Skater (officially “Best Forward”) on one World Junior Champion (‘96 Canada)
Top 3? Forward (by points) on one Memorial Cup Champion (‘95 Blazers), Top 9? Forward (by points) on one Memorial Cup Champion (‘94 Blazers)

Categories | Eligible Inducted Old Timer


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Bill Enos

Bill Enos 

 Bill grew up on the south shore of Montreal, but was born on the left coast. He has been a die-hard Canucks fan since 1989 (except those two Messier years, which he spent living in a bunker fearing the sun).  Bill has long been an avid baseball, hockey and football fan, and probably should write a book about one of them. Joining the podcast with Riley is a chance for Bill to flex his vast knowledge of hockey history without becoming a pub quiz barfly. Bill has promised to remove his green and blue coloured glasses for the podcast, but can't make any promises. 


Riley Haas

Riley Haas

Riley grew up watching baseball but fell in love with the Maple Leafs during the 1993 playoff run. He had his heart broken by Gretzky and didn't watch hockey again for 5 years. Starting with the 1999 Leafs playoff run Riley immersed himself in hockey again, becoming so obsessive that he eventually wrote a book about Maple Leafs mismanagement. He dates his falling out of love with the Maple Leafs from the David Clarkson contract. He is now much more of a basketball fan but still loves the history of hockey.

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