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Episode 8: Nilsson, Makarov and Jack Walker


1979-1987 plus a six game comeback in 1994-95; 8 seasons, all quality (excluding comeback)
264G, 422A for 686P, -20 in 553 games; 52.4 PS
Nilsson is 10th All Time in APG and 9th All Time in PPG
In his draft class (1976), Nilsson, drafted 64th overall, is
3rd in Goals
4th in Assists
2nd in Points
Despite being 12th in Games Played
Era: Of the 113 players to play in at least 500 games between 1979 and 1987, Nilsson is
17th in Goals
14th in GPG
11th in Assists
9th in APG
10th in Points and PPG
75th in Plus/Minus
12th in OPS
26th in PS
82-game average: 40G, 62A for 102P, -3
3-year peak (1980-83): 82-game average of 50G, 68A for 117P, 0
No possession stats available
Playoffs: 11G, 41A for 52P, +1 in 59 games
Adjusted: 208G, 338A for 546P
Adjusted 82-game average: 32G, 50A for 81P
Adjusted PPG: If the qualifier is set to 500 games, Nilsson is not in the Top 25 in Adjusted PPG
Traded twice after his prime.
1977-79; 2 seasons, both quality
81G, 133A for 214P, +28 in 158 games
Didn’t play long enough to qualify for the career Per Game leaderboards
Era: Can’t look up WHA stats with fixed endpoints
82-game average: 42G, 69A for 11P, +15
Playoffs: 5G, 19A for 24P, +1 in 19 games
Never traded.
NHL: 1989-1995: 6 seasons, 6 quality, plus 4 game comeback in 1996-97
134G, 250A for 384P in 424 games, +67; 31.1 PS
Era: Of the 6 players aged 30 or older to have played in at least 400 games between 1989 and 1995, Makarov is
3rd in Goals, GPG and Offensive Point Shares
1st in Assists and APG
2nd in Points, PPG and Plus/Minus
In his draft class, Makarov, drafted 231st overall, is 24th in Goals, 19th in Assists, 21st in Points and 11th in Plus/Minus despite being 46th in games played (barely ¼ of the games played of the draft class leader, Steve Yzerman)
82-game average of 26G, 48A for 75P, +13
3 year peak ('89-'92): 82-game average of 27G, 58A for 85P, +22
Playoffs: 12G, 11A for 23P, +1 in 34 games (⅓ of which were played after he was 35 years of age)
No possession stats
Adjusted: 126G, 226A for 352P
Adjusted 82-game average: 24G, 44A for 68P
Traded twice (within a week).
NHL: 1926-28; 2 seasons, neither quality by modern standards
5G, 8A for 13P in 84 games
Era: Of the 10 players age 35 and older to play in NHL games between 1926 and 1928,Walker is
8th in Goals and PPG
9th in GPG, Offensive Point Shares and Point shares
2nd in Assists
4th in APG
6th in Points
Playoffs: Walker never played in the NHL playoffs
Adjusted: 9G, 50A for 59P
Traded into the NHL.
1912-15; 3 seasons, 2 quality
32G, 23A (as high as 8th All Time) for 55P (as high as 22nd) in 40 games (as high as 24th)
If the qualifier is set to Walker’s 40 games played, Walker is as high as 1st All Time in APG and 9th in PPG
20-game average: 16G, 12A for 28P
Playoffs: 3G for 3P in 2 games
Skipped out on his contract for the MPHL and then for the PCHA
1915-24; 9 seasons, 7 quality
82G (probably 12th All Time), 58A (probably 7th) for 140P (probably 8th) in 186 games (maybe 8th)
Walker might be as high as 15th All Time in GPG, 9th in APG and 12th in PPG
24-game average of: 5G, 10A for 15P
Playoffs (since 1919): 1G, 4A for 5P in 10 games.
1924-26; 2 seasons, both quality
16G, 15A (as high as 19th All Time, but unlikely) for 31P (as high as 25th All Time, but unlikely) in 58 games (as high as 20th, but unlikely)
It’s unlikely that Walker is as high as 25th All Time in PPG, 12th in APG and 23rd in PPG (it’s more likely our information is incomplete)
30-game average: 8G, 8A for 16P
Playoffs: 4G for 4P in 8 games

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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