10. Dave Andreychuk

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10. Dave Andreychuk

If longevity and consistency is the key to the Hockey Hall of Fame, then sign up Dave Andreychuk to the Hall right now. Andreychuk is among career leaders in Games Played and Points Scored and in terms of scoring proficiency for a left winger, he has few peers. He excelled at the Power Play, where he maintains the career record for the most Power Play Goals of all time. The culmination of Andreychuk’s career was at the age of 40 he became the oldest player to ever make his Stanley Cup debut. Fortunately for him, he achieved the dream of any one who ever laced up the skates when he led the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup win.

If there is a knock against Andreychuk it could be that he never scored 100 points per season (although he did get 99 twice) and was only an All Star twice is in his extensive career. Dave Andreychuk may have never dominated any season, but when you have a career as extensive and fruitful as his was, it is a fairly small criticism.

Should Dave Andreychuk be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 84.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Eligible Since: Thursday, 01 January 2009
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Played For: Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lightning, Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NHL All Star (1990, 1994)
    Stanley Cup Ring (2004) Tampa Bay Lightning

Should Dave Andreychuk be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 84.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.3%
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+1 #6 Committee Chairman 2014-11-18 22:22
Agreed. Eras are VERY important when just looking at statistics.
-1 #5 Park3 2014-11-16 05:21
You have to be careful to avoid overrating players who played a good chunk of their careers during the high scoring 1980s and early 1990s such as Andreychuk, Ciccarelli, and Larmer. Likewise, you have to be careful to avoid underrating those players who played a good chunk of their careers during the dead puck era such as Lindros, LeClair, and Kariya. Both LeClair and Kariya, for instance, were voted one of the top two players at their position five times whereas the trio of Andreychuk, Ciccarelli, and Larmer never were - at their best they weren't considered the best.

Andreychuk's totals:
Major individual awards: 0
All Star Games: 2
1st or 2nd NHL All-Star Team: 0 (finished 3rd in voting twice, 4th once)

Compare Andreychuk's first 1000 games (through the 1995-96 season) to Larmer and Propp's career totals.

Andreychuk: 1001 GP, 476 G, 527 A, 1003 PTS
Larmer: 1006 GP, 441 G, 571 A, 1012 PTS
Propp: 1016 GP, 425 G, 579 A, 1004 PTS

If Andreychuk retired after the 1995-96 season few would say he is a Hall of Famer. Yet apparently hanging around for another nine seasons - totaling 638 GP, 164 G, 171 A, 335 PTS - makes him a no-brainer?

Like Ciccarelli he'll probably get in eventually but only because people refuse to put his totals into context.
+4 #4 Bret 2013-11-24 04:26
I was wondering who the best player in terms of points/goals to not be in the HoF was, and Dave is that person.

28th all time in points
14th all time in goals scored
1st all time in power play goals scored.

Wonder what the reason as to why he isn't in it is.

That's what I was curious about when searching for the answer to my first question.
+3 #3 Tyson Ward 2013-04-13 21:57
I would say that Dave should not be as high on this list as he is but he certainly deserves to be in the HOF someday. You could argue that a guy like Steve Larmer has just the same odds, who also won a Stanley Cup near the end of his career, but decided to retire because he was not at the top of his game anymore and do other things with his life rather than balloon his stats. yet Steve not only did not play nearly as long, he also had more deep runs than Dave. Now guys who play for a long time I definitely think deserve extra consideration even if they do not have a great GPG or PPG, especially if they were as good as Dave at the top of his game. His totals are all no brainer numbers. But as far as WHEN he gets in, I just think there are so many guys who had better overall careers and the hall of fame seems to reward consistency over a specific period of time very often.
+7 #2 LeftOfTheDial -0001-11-30 00:00
One of only 3 Maple Leafs to ever score 50 plus goals in a season. Half of them standing in the blue ice, shoveling in garbage goals, but they all count! I wish some players nowadays would take a page out of Andreychuk' s book and just plant themselves there as well. I actually rooted for the Lighting to beat Calgary for the Cup to the dismay of my entire family and friends. I wanted to see the old man finally get to hoist one in his last kick at the can.
+7 #1 Ziggy Koole -0001-11-30 00:00
The biggest injustice in professional sports. He scored 640 goals and captained the Lightning(!) to a Stanley Cup Championship. If he isn't a hall of famer no one is.

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