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Episode 25: Lecavalier, Nieuwendyk, Jack Adams


1998-2016, 17 seasons, 13 quality
421G, 528A for 949P, -139 in 1212 games; 18:28 ATOI; 102.4 PS
Draft: drafted 1st overall in 1998, Lecavalier is
1st in Goals and Points
6th in Assists
Last in Plus/Minus
3rd in Point Shares
Era: Of the 50 players to play in at least 1,000 games between 1998 and 2016, Lecavalier is:
5th in Goals
7th in GPG
17th in Assists
19th in APG
10th in Points
15th in PPG and Point Shares
11th in Offensive Point Shares
Last in Plus/Minus
82-game average: 29G, 36A for 64P, -9
3-year peak (2005-08): 43G, 50A for 93P, -5
48.8% Corsi For
-2 Relative Corsi For
48.6% Fenwick For
-2.2 Relative Fenwick For
Playoffs: 26G, 30A for 56P, +1 in 75 games
Adjusted: 471G, 580A for 1051P
Adjusted 82-game average: 32G, 39A for 71P
Lecavalier is obviously not on any adjusted Per Game leader boards
Traded in the last season of his career.
1986-2007; 20 seasons, 18 quality
564G (19th All Time at his retirement, now 23rd), 562A for 1126P, +155 in 1257 games; 16:11 ATOI (since 1998-99); 120 PS
Draft: 27th overall in 1985, Nieuwendyk is
1st in Goals, Assists, Points, Plus/Minus, Games Played
2nd in Point Shares
Era: Of the 32 players to play in at least 1250 games between 1985 and 2007, Nieuwendyk is
7th in Goals
5th in GPG
23rd in Assists
21st in APG
17th in Points
15th in PPG
11th in Offensive Point Shares
17th in Point Shares
8th in Plus/Minus
82-game average: 37G, 37A for 74P, +10
3-year peak (1987-90): 82-game average of 54G, 43A for 95P, +28
No possession stats as Nieuwendyk retired the year before the NHL started tracking them
Playoffs: 66G (19th All Time), 50A for 116P, -5 in 158 games
Adjusted: 560G, 564A for 1124P
Adjusted 82-game average: 37G, 37A for 73P
Obviously Nieuwendyk is not on any Adjusted PG leaderboards
Traded once in his prime and once after.
Jack Adams:
NHL: 1917-19, 1922-27; 7 seasons, 4 quality (by modern standards of PPG)
83G (15th All Time at his retirement), 32A (22nd) for 115P (16th) in 173 games (16th); 20.9 PS (20th)
At his retirement, Adams was 19th All Time in GPG and 22nd in PPG
82-game average: 39G, 15A for 54P
3-year peak (1922-25): 30-game average of 23G, 15A for 32P
Playoffs: 2G for 2P in 10 games
Adjusted: 147G, 180A for 327P
Adjusted 82-game average: 70G, 85A for 155P
If the qualifier is set to 82 games, Adams is 16th All Time in Adjusted GPG
Traded out of the NHL once, traded into the NHL once and traded within the NHL once.

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

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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