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Episode 32: Henrik Zetterberg, Steve Yzerman and Tommy Smith


NHL: 2002-18; 15 seasons, all quality
337G, 623A for 960P, +160 in 1082 games; 109.3 PS; 19:35 ATOI
Draft: 210th overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Zetterberg is
2nd in Goals
3rd in Assists
3rd in Points
2nd in Plus/Minus
4th in Point Shares
3rd in Games Played
Era: Of the players to play in at least 1,066 games between 2002 and 2018 (13 full seasons), Zetterberg is
5th in Goals
5th in GPG
3rd in Assists
3rd in APG
4th in Points
4th in PPG
3rd in Plus/Minus
6th in Offensive Point Shares
5th in Point Shares
82-game average: 25G, 48A for 73P, +12
3-year peak (2005-08): 82-game-average of 44G, 49A for 93P, +32
Possession (since 2007-08)
55.1% Corsi For
3.3% Relative Corsi For
54.6% Fenwick For
3.1% Relative Fenwick For
Playoffs: 57G, 63A for 120P, +41 in 137 games
Adjusted: 377G (+40), 692A (+69)  for 1069P (+109)
Adjusted 82-game average: 29G, 52A for 81P
Zetterberg is obviously not on any leaderboards for adjusted per game stats
Never traded.
1983-2006; 22 seasons, 21 quality
692G (9th All Time), 1063A (9th) for 1755P (7th) in 1514 games (20th, 10th at his retirement), +184; 166.6 PS (25th, 11th All Time at his retirement); 19:12 ATOI (since 1998-99)
Yzerman is 16th All Time in PPG
Yzerman is 8th All Time in Offensive Point Shares (5th at his retirement)
Draft: 4th overall in the 1983 Entry Draft, Yzerman is:
1st in Goals
1st in Assists
1st in Points
1st in Plus/Minus
1st in Point Shares
Era: Only four players played 1500 games between 1983 and 2006 (see brackets for rank), so of the 26 players to play in at least 1,250 games between 1983 and 2006, Yzerman is
2nd in Goals (1st)
3rd in GPG (1st)
3rd in Assists (2nd)
5th in APG (2nd)
1st in Points
1st in PPG
7th in Plus/Minus (2nd)
1st in Offensive Point Shares
3rd in Point Shares (1st)
82-game average: 38G, 57A for 95P, +10
3-year peak (1987-90): 82-game average of 65G, 75A for 140P, +15
Retired two seasons before possession stats were tracked
Playoffs: 70G (17th All Time), 115A (14th) for 185P (11th), -11 in 196 games (23rd)
Adjusted: 644G, 1006A for 1650P
Adjusted 82-game average: 34G, 54A for 89P
Yzerman is not in the Top 25 for any adjusted per game stats
No trades, obviously.
Tommy Smith:
1919-20; 1 below quality season
1A for 1P in 10 games

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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