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Episode 20: Rafalski, Niedermayer and Georges Boucher


1999-2011; 11 seasons, all quality
79G, 436A for 515P, +178 (5th American D All Time) in 833 games; 98.9 PS; 22:57 ATOI
Draft: Rafalski was not drafted; of the undrafted defensemen to play at least 750 games in the NHL since expansion, Rafalski is
12th in Goals and GPG
5th in Assists and Defensive Point Shares
2nd in APG
6th in Points, Plus/Minus, Offensive Point Shares and Point Shares
4th in PPG
Era: Of the 23 D to play in at least 750 games between 1999 and 2011, Rafalski is
11th in Goals
14th in GPG
2nd in Assists, Plus/Minus, Defensive Point Shares and Point Shares
3rd in APG, PPG and Offensive Point Shares
3rd in Points
82-game average: 7G, 43A for 51P, +18; 9.7
3-year peak (2006-09): 11G, 49A for 60P, +17; 11.1 PS
57.8% Corsi For
1.9% Relative Corsi For
56.8% Fenwick For
1% Relative Fenwick For
Playoffs: 29G, 71A for 100P, +42 in 165 games
Adjusted: 85G, 461A for 546P
Adjusted 82-game average: 8G, 45A for 54P
Never traded.
NHL: 1991-2010; 18 seasons, 17 quality
172G, 568A (20th D All Time) for 740P (22nd D All Time), +167 in 1263 games; 25:21 ATOI (since 1997-98); 141 PS (15th D)
Niedermayer is 12th All Time in Defensive Point Shares
Niedermayer is 19th All Time in Offensive Point Shares among defencemen
Draft: In his draft year (1991), Niedermayer, drafted 3rd overall, is
18th in Goals
4th in Assists
7th in Points
3rd in Games Played
Era: Since only 3 D have played 1,250 games between 1991 and 2010, we have included forwards, so...Of the 8 players to play in at least 1250 games between 1991 and 2010, Niedermayer is
7th (2nd last) in Goals, GPG, Points and PPG
6th in Assists and APG
2nd in Plus/Minus, Defensive Point Shares and Point Shares
82-game average: 11G, 37A for 48P, +11
3-year peak (2003-07): 82-game average of 14G, 49A for 63P, +12; 26:18 ATOI; 11.4 PS
Possession (since 2007-08):
51.2% Corsi For
0% Relative Corsi For
50.1% Fenwick For
-0.8% Relative Fenwick For
Playoffs: 25G, 73A for 98P, +20 in 202 games (20th All Time)
Adjusted: 187G, 600A for 787P
Adjusted 82-game average: 12G, 39A for 51P
Obviously Niedermayer is not in the Top 25 of any Adjusted PG category
Never traded.
NHL: 1917-32; 15 seasons, 14 quality (by DPS)
117G (13th All Time at his retirement), 87A (9th) for 204P (10th) in 449 games (2nd); 77.4 PS (3rd)
Of the 16 players to play in at least 300 games by 1932, Boucher was
11th All Time in GPG,
9th in APG and
10th in PPG at his retirement
At his retirement, Boucher was 1st All Time in Defensive Point Shares
82-game average: 21G, 16A for 37P
3-year peak (1925-28): 44-game average of 9G, 5A for 13P
No possession stats
Playoffs: 5G, 3A for 8P in 28 games
Adjusted: 188G, 434A for 622P
Adjusted 82-game average: 34G, 79A for 114P
Traded near the end of his career for Joe Lamb.
Waived in his final season.

Categories | Eligible Inducted Old Timer


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Bill Enos

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 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

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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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