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5. Bernie Nicholls

Bernie Nicholls was already a productive member of the Los Angeles Kings, but when the legendary Wayne Gretzky went Hollywood, Nicholls’ statistics reached the stratosphere. With attention paid toward the other star center, Nicholls set personal records. To this day, Bernie Nicholls is one of eight players to score 70 goals in a season and one of five to have scored over 150 points in a single season. Yet even with those accomplishments, it seems that Bernie Nicholls racked up his 1,200 + career NHL points quietly. He wasn’t flashy, he wasn’t gritty and he was not the darling of any fan base or media outlet. Still, with 1,200 career points, he has earned more than a healthy look for Hall consideration.

 

Should Bernie Nicholls be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 79.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Haliburton, Ontario, Canada
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 2002
  • Position: Center
  • Played For: Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NHL All Star 1984, 1989 & 1990

Should Bernie Nicholls be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 79.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.1%

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0 #3 Park3 2018-07-31 10:54
In terms of the three high-scoring centers who have been eligible for a while, I'd put Roenick and Turgeon ahead of him. 1. Nicholls career started in the early 80s and ended just as scoring started dropping off significantl y in the late 90s, whereas Roenick and Turgeon started in the late 80s and continued past the cancelled season. 2. On the Turgeon page it says he wasn't a complete player, but he was much more solid defensively than Nicholls. Nicholls has a career plus-minus of -39 while Turgeon is +139. Roenick is +153. 3. If Nicholls is ever inducted it will be on the strength of the season and a half he played with Wayne Gretzky. Before LA acquired Gretzky, Nicholls was a little better than a point-per-ga me player and he went back to that after he was traded to the Rangers. His 1989-90 stats? LA (27 goals and 48 assists for 73 points in 47 games) and NYR (12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points in 32 games).
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+1 #2 Lance Roten 2014-02-17 22:37
I would rank Bernie above a few that he trails on this list.
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0 #1 Jon Elfmann 2013-12-30 10:00
Like Pierre Turgeron - though he played on mediocre teams, far from a great playoff performer.
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