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Episode 12: Palffy, St Louis and Jack Darragh


NHL: 1993-2006; 12 seasons, 10 quality
329G, 384A for 713P, +83 in 684 games; 20:44 ATOI (since 1998-99); 88 PS
Palffy is 1st All Time in GPG, 3rd in APG and 2nd in PPG among Slovak NHL players
Draft: In his draft class (1991), Palffy, drafted 26th overall, is
7th in Goals
11th in Assists
8th in Points
But 33rd in Games
Era: Of the hundreds of players to play in at least 500 games between 1993 and 2006, Palffy is
15th in Goals
7th in GPG and PPG
38th in Assists
28th in APG
24th in Points
44th in Plus/Minus
14th in Offensive Point Shares
23rd in Point Shares
82-game average: 39G, 46A for 85P, +10
3-year peak (1998-01): 82-game average of 38G, 51A for 88P, +15
No possession stats
Playoffs: 9G, 10A for 19P, +4 in 24 games
Adjusted: 366G, 418A for 784P
Adjusted 82-game average: 44G, 50A for 94P
Palffy is 22nd All Time in Adjusted GPG
Traded once in his prime as part of a multi player deal for a top prospect and others.
St Louis
NHL: 1998-2015; 16 seasons, 15 quality
391G, 642A for 1033P, +37 in 1134 games; 20:23 ATOI; 114.8 PS
Draft class: Undrafted; among all undrafted NHL skaters since the NHL expanded in 1968, St Louis is
10th in Goals
31st in GPG
6th in Assists
22nd in APG
8th in Points
18th in PPG
111th in Plus/Minus
6th in Offensive Point Shares
5th in Point Shares
7th in Games Played
Era: Of the 43 players to play in at least 1,000 games between 1998 and 2015, St. Louis is
6th in Goals, APG and OPS
9th in GPG and Point Shares
3rd in Assists
4th in Points
5th in PPG
20th in Plus/Minus
82-game average: 28G, 47A for 75P, +3
3-year peak (2010-13): 82-game average of 29G, 65A for 93P, -1
Possession (since 2007-08):
49.3% Corsi For
-0.7% Relative Corsi For
49.3% Fenwick For
-1% Relative Fenwick For
Playoffs: 42G, 48A for 90P, +1 in 107 games
Adjusted: 445G, 721A for 1166P
Adjusted 82-game average: 32G, 52A for 84P
Adjusted Per Game: St. Louis is not remotely in the Top 25 in any Adjusted PG category
Never traded.
NHL: 1917-21, 1922-4; 6 seasons, 5 quality
66G (12th at his retirement), 46A (7th) for 112P (11th) in 121 games (16th); 10 PS (17th)
At his retirement, Darragh was 13th in GPG, 5th in APG and 11th in PPG (minimum 82-games)
At his retirement, Darragh was 11th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
82-game average: 45G, 31A for 76P
3-year peak (1918-21): 24-game average of 18G, 12A for 29P
Playoffs: 3G for 3P in 11 games
Adjusted: 89G, 218A for 397P
Adjusted 82-game average: 60G, 148A for 269P
Darragh is 5th All Time in Adjusted PPG if the qualifier is set at 82 games
Never traded.
1910-17; 7 seasons, all quality?
122G (probably 8th All Time), 16A (as high as 14th All Time) for 138P (as high as 8th All Time) in 132 games (maybe 2nd All Time)
Darragh is as high as 8th All Time in GPG and PPG, and 12th All time in APG (minimum 82 games)
20-game average: 18G, 2A for 21P
Did not calculate a 3-year peak
Playoffs: 6G for 6P 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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