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Episode 34: Ulf Nilsson, Nedomansky, Ty Arbour


Ulf Nilsson:
1978-83; 4 seasons, 3 quality
57G, 112A for 169P, +30 in 170 games; 12.9 PS
Not drafted
Era: Of the hundreds of players who played in at least 160 games (two full seasons) between 1978 and 1983, Nilsson is
182nd in Goals
87th in GPG
148th in Assists
29th in APG
160th in Points
16th in PPG
101st in Plus/Minus
129th in Offensive Point Shares
201st in Point Shares
(And it’s worth noting: 354th in Games Played)
80-game average: 27G, 53A for 79P, +14
3-year peak: Nilsson only played 10 games in his fourth season, so his peak is not much higher
Playoffs: 8G, 14A for 22P in 25 games, +3
Adjusted: 48G (-9), 92A (-20) for 140P (-129)
Adjusted 82-game average: 23G, 44A for 68P
Obviously not on any adjusted per game leaderboards either
Never traded.
1977-83; 6 seasons, 4 quality
121G, 156A for 277P, -92 in 420 games; 17.4 PS
Not Drafted
Era: Of the 4 players 30 and older to play in at least 400 games (5 full seasons) between 1977 and 1983, Nedomansky is
1st in Goals
1st in GPG
3rd (2nd last) in Assists
3rd (2nd last) in APG
3rd (2nd last) in Points
3rd (2nd last) in PPG
Last in Plus/Minus
1st in Offensive Point Shares
3rd (2nd last) in Point Shares
80-game average: 23G, 30A for 53P, -18
3-year peak (1977-80): 80 game average of 29G, 32A for 61P, -13
No possession stats obviously
Playoffs: 3G, 5A for 8P, -5 in 7 games
Adjusted: 101G (-20), 126A (-30) for 227P (-50)
Adjusted 82-game average: 20G, 25A for 44P
Traded twice.
1926-31; 5 seasons, 0 quality by modern standards of PPG
28G, 28A for 56P in 207 games
Era: Of the 7 players over 30 who played in at least 176 games (4 full seasons) between 1926 and 1931, Arbour is
2nd in Goals (though nearly 100 behind the leader)
2nd in GPG (¼ the leader)
2nd in Assists (though half of the leader)
2nd in APg (½ the leader)
2nd in Points (though nearly 130 behind the leader)
2nd in PPG (⅓ the leader)
5th (3rd last) in Offensive Point Shares
6th (2nd last) in Point Shares
44-game average: 6G, 6A for 12P
3-year peak is basically the same
Playoffs: 2G and 0A for 2P in 11 games
Adjusted: 52G (+24), 147A (+119) for 199P (+143)
Adjusted 82-game average: 21G, 47A for 79P
Adjusted stats are skewed like all those who played in the 1920s
Traded twice.

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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