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Episode 11: Zubov, Pronger, Sprague Cleghorn


NHL: 1992-2009; 16 seasons, 15 quality
152G, 619A (16th D All Time, 2nd Russian skater) for 771P (19th D), +148 (4th Russian skater) in 1068 games; 26:14 ATOI (since 1998-99); 136.8 PS (18th D, 3rd Russian skater)
Zubov is 15th All Time in APG and 18th in PPG among defencemen
Zubov is 20th All Time in Defensive Point Shares (1st Russian)
Zubov is 14th All Time in Offensive Point Shares among defencemen
Draft: In his draft class (1990), Zubov, drafted 85th overall is
18th in Goals
3rd in Assists
7th in Points
2nd in Plus/Minus
12th in Games Played
Era: Of the 53 players to play in at least 1,000 games between 1992 and 2009, Zubov is
37th in Goals
39th in GPG
9th in Assists
7th in APG
20th in Points and Offensive Point Shares
19th in PPG
4th in Plus/Minus
3rd in Defensive Point Shares
5th in Point Shares
82-game average: 11G, 48A for 59P, +11
3-year peak (2002-06)*: 82-game average of 11G, 47A for 58P, +14; 26:02 ATOI; 11 PS
[Interjection by Riley about difficulty of determining his 3-year peak]
Possession (since 2007-08, 56 games over 2 seasons):
51.8% Corsi For
0.7% Relative Corsi For
49.4% Fenwick For
-1.1% Fenwick For
Playoffs: 24G, 93A for 117P, +28 in 164 games
Adjusted: 165G, 657A for 822P
Adjusted 82-game average: 13G, 50A for 63P
Adjusted PPG: If the qualifier is set to 1,000 games played, Zubov is not in the Top 25 in Adjusted PPG
Traded twice in his prime.
; 18 seasons, 16 quality
157G, 541A (21st D All Time) for 698P (24th D), +183 in 1167 games; 27:28 ATOI (since 1998-99); 139.4 PS (16th D)
Pronger is 10th All Time in Defensive Point Shares
Pronger is 22nd All Time in Offensive Point Shares among defencemen
Draft: In his draft class (1993), Pronger, drafted 2nd overall, is
3rd in Games Played, Assists
19th in Goals
9th in Points
1st in Plus/Minus
Era: Of the 22 defensemen to play in at least 1000 games between 1993 and 2012, Pronger is
6th in Goals
10th in GPG
3rd in Assists and Plus/Minus
5th in APG, Points and PPG
7th in OPS
2nd in DPS and PS
82-game average: 11G, 38A for 49P, +13
3-year peak (1999-02): 12G, 51A for 63P, +38; 29:20 ATOI; 13.5 PS
Possession (since 2007-08):
51.9% Corsi For
-1.9% Relative Corsi For
52.5% Fenwick For
-1.8% Relative Fenwick For
Playoffs: 26G, 95A for 121P, +40 in 173 games
Adjusted: 173G, 576A for 749P
Adjusted 82-game average: 12G, 40A for 53P
Adjusted PPG: Pronger is not in the Top 25 in Adjusted PPG (obviously)
Traded twice in his prime, once before and once after.
Sprague Cleghorn:
NHL: 1918-28; 10 seasons, 9 quality
83G (17th All Time at his retirement), 55A (5th) for 138P (13th) in 259 games (6th); 47.6 PS
At his retirement, Cleghorn was 20th All Time in APG
82-game average: 26G, 17A for 43P
3-year peak (1922-25): 30-game average of 10G, 9A for 19P
Playoffs: 4G, 3A for 7P in 21 games
Adjusted: 127G, 286A for 413P
Adjusted 82-game average: 40G, 91A for 131P
Traded twice in his prime, sat out part of a season, claimed in a dispersal draft.
1910-17; 7 seasons, 5? Quality
84G (as good as 11th All Time), 33A (possibly most All Time) for 117P (as good as 9th All Time) in 115 games (as high as 7th All Time)
If the qualifier is set to 82 games, Cleghorn might be as high as 9th All Time in GPG and PPG, and 2nd in APG
20-game average: 15G, 6A for 20P
Didn’t calculate a 3-year peak
Playoffs: 0P in 2 games
Never traded.

Categories | Eligible Inducted Old Timer


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