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Episode 31: Dave Taylor, Robitaille, Fredrickson


NHL: 1977-94; 17 seasons, 14 quality
431G, 638A for 1069P, +186 in 1111 games; 84.5 PS
Draft: 210th overall in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft, Taylor is
1st in Goals
1st in Assists
1st in Points
2nd in Plus/Minus
2nd in Point Shares (by 0.5 PS)
1st in Games Played
Era: Of the 13 of players to play in at least 1,066 games between 1977 and 1994 (i.e. 13 full seasons), Taylor is
6th in Goals
6th in GPG
7th in Assists
7th in APG
7th in Points
8th in PPG
7th in Plus/Minus
7th in Offensive Point Shares
9th in Point Shares
82-game average: 32G, 47A for 79P, +14
3-year peak (1979-82): 82-game average of 48G, 72A for 120P, +32
No possession stats
Playoffs: 26G, 33A for 59P, -11 in 92 games
Adjusted: 352G (-79), 521A (-117) for 873P (-196)
Adjusted 82-game average: 26G, 38A for 64P
Obviously Taylor is not on any adjusted per game leaderboards
Never traded (though his WHA rights were traded!).
1986-2006; 19 seasons, 17 quality
668G (12th All Time - most by a pure LW, 10th at his retirement), 726A for 1394P (22nd All Time - most by a pure LW, 19th at his retirement), +71 in 1431 games (17th All Time at his retirement); 138.6 PS; 16:27 ATOI (since 1998-99)
Robitaille is 19th All Time in Offensive Point Shares (13th at his retirement)
Draft: 171st overall in the 1984 Entry Draft, Robitaille is
3rd in Goals
2nd in Assists
2nd in Points
10th in Plus Minus
4th in Point Shares
Era: Of the 16 players to play in at least 1,250 games between 1986 and 2006, Robitaille is
2nd in Goals
2nd in GPG
8th in Assists
9th in APG
4th in Points
8th in PPG
7th in Plus/Minus
3rd in Offensive Point Shares
4th in Point Shares
82-game average: 39G, 42A for 80P, +4
3-year peak (‘90-’93): 82-game average of 52G, 58A for 110P, + 14
Retired two seasons before possession was tracked
Playoffs: 58G, 69A for 127P, -17 in 159 games
Adjusted: 652G (11th All Time), 702A for 1354P (25th)
Adjusted 82-game average: 37G, 40A for 78P
Traded three times.
1926-31; 5 seasons, 1 quality (by modern standards of PPG)
39G, 34A for 73P in 161 games; 15.2 PS
Era: Of the 16 players 30 years of age or older who played at least 132 games between 1926 and 1931 (3 full seasons), Fredrickson is
5th in Goals
5th in GPG
3rd in Assists
3rd in APG
4th in Points
4th in PPG
5th in Offensive Point shares
10th in Point Shares
44-game average: 11G, 9A for 20P
3-year peak (1926-29): 44-game average of 12G, 9A for 20P [We omitted his best season by PPG because he played in only 9 games and it skews the results]
No possession stats
Playoffs: 2G, 4A for 5P in 10 games
Adjusted: 75G (+36), 193A (+159) for 268P (+195)
Adjusted 82-game average: 38G, 81A for 136P
Fredrickson played slightly less than 2 modern seasons so assessing his ranking on the adjusted leaderboards is unfair
Traded twice and waived once.

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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