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Episode 9: Sergei Gonchar, Phil Housley, Eddie Gerard


NHL: 1994-2015; 20 seasons, 18 quality
220G (16th D All Time), 591A (17th D, 5th USSR) for 811P (16th D), +33 in 1301 games; 23:40 ATOI (since 1998-99); 141.9 PS (14th D, 2nd USSR)
Gonchar is 2nd All Time among USSR-born players in Defensive Point Shares
Gonchar is 17th All Time in GPG and 24th in PPG among defensemen
In his draft class (1992), Gonchar, drafted 14th overall, is
5th in Goals
1st in Assists and Points
But 2nd in Games Played
Era: Of the 11 players to play in at least 1250 games between 1994 and 2015, Gonchar is
10th in Goals and GPG
5th in Assists and APG
8th in Points and PPG
6th in Plus/Minus and OPS
2nd in DPS
4th in PS
82-game average: 14G, 37A for 51P, +2
3-year peak (2000-03): 82-game average of 22G, 42A for 62P, +8; 24:40 ATOI; 11.4 PS
Possession (since 2007-08):
50% Corsi For
-0.9% Relative Corsi For
49.6% Fenwick For
-1.5% Relative Fenwick For
Playoffs: 22G, 68A for 90P, +3 in 141 games
Adjusted: 244G, 652A for 896P
Adjusted 82-game average: 15G, 41A for 56P
Gonchar is not in the Top 25 in Adjusted PPG
Traded once in his prime and once after.
NHL: 1982-2003; 21 seasons, at least 19 quality
338G (4th D All Time), 894A (20th All Time, 5th D, 1st American) for 1232P (4th D, 2nd American excluding that traitor Brett Hull), -53 in 1495 games (Among all NHL players to play in at least 1400 games since 1967-68, Housley has the 3rd worst plus minus); 20:52 ATOI (since 1998-99); 170.7 PS (17th All Time)
Housley is 23rd All Time in Defensive Point Shares
Among defensemen, Housley is 8th All Time in GPG, 10th in APG and 9th in PPG
In his draft class (1982), Housley, drafted 6th overall, is
8th in Goals
2nd in Assists
3rd in Points and Games Played
14th worst in Plus/Minus
Era: Of the 21 players to play in at least 1250 games between 1982 and 2003, Housley is
15th in Goals and GPG
9th in Assists and APG
11th in Points
12th in PPG
3rd last in Plus/Minus
8th in Offensive Point Shares
6th in Defensive Point Shares
3rd in Point Shares
82-game average: 19G, 49A for 67P, -3
3-year peak (1989-92): 92-game average of 24G, 62A for 86P, -2; 11.4 PS
No possession stats
Playoffs: 13G, 43A for 56P, -23 in 85 games
Adjusted: 308G, 840A (22nd All Time) for 1148P
Adjusted 82-game average: 17G, 46A for 63P
Housley is not in the Top 25 in Adjusted PPG
Traded 4 times in his prime.
NHL: 1917-1923; 6 seasons, all quality
50G, 48A (5th All Time at his retirement) for 98P in 128 games (6th); 26.5 PS (3rd)
At his retirement, Gerard was 7th All Time in APG
At his retirement, Gerard was 1st All Time in Defensive Point Shares
82-game average: 32G, 31A for 63P
3-year peak (1920-23): 24-game average of 8G, 10A for 19P
Playoffs: 4G for 4P in 11 games
Adjusted: 66G, 224A for 290P
Adjusted 82-game average: 42G, 144A for 186P [Absurd]
Gerard is 6th All Time in Adjusted PPG if the qualifier is set at an absurdly low 82 games
Never Traded.
1914-17; 4 seasons, all quality
45G (at best 22nd All Time), 31A (at best 4th All Time), for 76P (at best 14th All Time) in 74 games (at best 13th All Time, but probably lower)
If the qualifier is set low enough for Gerard but high enough to exclude the leader (who played in only 40 games, or two seasons), Gerard might be 1st All Time in APG
20-game average of: 12G, 8A for 21P
Playoffs: 2G for 2P in 7 games
Never traded.

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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