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Episode 21: Nicholls, Sakic, Cy Denneny


NHL: 1981-99; 18 seasons, 15 quality
475G, 734A for 1209P, -39 in 1127 games; 96.8 PS [only 10 games of ATOI information]
Draft: In his draft year (1980), Nicholls, drafted 73rd overall, is
2nd in Goals
5th in Assists and Points
7th in Games Played
Era: Of the 51 players to play in at least 1,000 games between 1981 and 1999, Nicholls is
12th in Goals and GPG
14th in Assists
11th in APG and Points
9th in PPG
44th in Plus/Minus
13th in Offensive Point Shares
20th in Point Shares
82-game average: 34G, 53A for 88P, -3
3-year peak (1987-90): 82-game average of 51G, 72A for 124P, +8
No possession stats
Playoffs: 42G, 72A for 114P, -13 in 118 games
Adjusted: 417G, 651A for 1068P
Adjusted 82-game average: 30G, 47A for 78P
Nicholls is far from the Top 25 in any Adjusted per game stat
Traded twice in his prime and once a little after.
NHL: 1988-2009; 20 seasons, 19 quality
625G (15th All Time), 1016A (13th) for 1641P (9th), +30 in 1378 games; 21:39 ATOI (since 1998-99); 167.8 PS (22nd)
Sakic is currently 15th All Time in APG and 11th in PPG
Sakic is 7th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
In his draft class (1987), Sakic, drafted 15th overall, is
4th in Games but
2nd in Goals,
1st in Assists and Points,
12th in Plus Minus
Sakic is 7th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
Era: Of the 19 skaters to play in 1250 or more games between 1988 and 2009, Sakic is
3rd in Goals and Point Shares
2nd in GPG, APG, PPG and OPS
1st in Assists and Points
14th in Plus/Minus
82-game average: 37G, 61A for 98P, +2
3-year peak (1990-93): 80-game average of 43G, 65A for 109P, -7
Playoffs: 84G (7th All Time), 104A (21st) for 188P (8th), -2 in 172 games; 22:30 ATOI
Sakic is 21st All Time in playoff GPG and 14th in playoff PPG
Adjusted: 643G (14th All Time), 1036A (9th) for 1679P (6th)
Adjusted 82-game average: 38G, 62A for 100P
Sakic is 14th All Time in Adjusted APG and 17th in Adjusted PPG
Never traded.
Cy Denneny:
NHL: 1917-1929; 12 seasons, 10 quality
248G (1st at his retirement, held until 1933-34), 85A (3rd) for 330P (1st, held until 1931-32) in 328 games (3rd); 58.4 PS (2nd)
Denneny is 2nd All Time in GPG (Denneny qualified for the leader board during the 1924-25 season and held 1st All Time through the next season; he regained 1st All Time in the 1930-31 season and did not relinquish it until the 1980-81 season)
At his retirement, Denneny was 2nd All Time in GPG (behind by 0.01 GPG); nobody who played through 1929 qualified for the APG or PPG leader-boards, but if the qualifier is set to 300 games played, Denneny was 2nd in APG and 1st in PPG
At his retirement, Denneny was 2nd All Time in Offensive Point Shares
82-game average: 62G, 21A for 84P
3-year peak (1920-23): 24 game average of 29G, 10A for 39P
Playoffs: 16G, 2A for 18P in 25 games
Denney held the record for career playoff goals from 1927 until 1938
Adjusted: 392G, 455A for 847P
Adjusted 82-game average: 98G, 114A for 212P
Denneny is 2nd All Time in Adjusted GPG (behind by 0.01 GPG) but doesn’t qualify for the other two leaderboards
Traded once at the end of his career for cash.

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. 


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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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