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NHL Elo Player Rater

This is a community-based project with the goal of rating the best players in NHL history. In the matchup below, choose the player who you believe was the better player. It is up to you to determine how much weight to give to offense versus defense, peak value versus career value, regular season versus playoffs, etc.

Current Top Five (Skaters):
1. Bobby Orr (2321)
2. Wayne Gretzky (2291)
3. Gordie Howe (2262)
4. Mario Lemieux (2252)
5. Raymond Bourque (2243)
Current Top Five (Goalies):
1. Dominik Hasek (2079)
2. Patrick Roy (2070)
3. Martin Brodeur (2045)
4. Ken Dryden (2009)
5. Jacques Plante (1994)

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  Tale of the Tape
  Syd Howe Nels Stewart
Pos C/LW C
Height 5-9 6-1
Weight 165 195
Draft
Debut 1929-30 1925-26
Years 17 15
AS Game 0 0
AS Team 1 (0/1) 0
Hart 0 2
Norris 0 0
Selke 0 0
Vezina 0 0
Cups 3 1
HoF Yes Yes
Adjusted Point Shares*
(Best → Worst)
Rk Syd Howe Nels Stewart
1 8.3 15.8
2 6.9 14.9
3 6.3 13.9
4 6.3 13.5
5 6.1 12.7
6 5.7 8.6
7 5.7 8.4
8 5.5 8.4
9 5.4 7.7
10 4.2 7.3
11 3.8 6.9
12 3.5 6.5
13 2.7 5.0
14 2.2 5.0
15 0.7 1.1
16 -0.1
17 -0.2
Wt Sum** 53.6 101.0

* Adjusted for schedule length & roster size
** 1 × best + 0.95 × 2nd-best + …

  Regular Season
  Syd Howe Nels Stewart
GP 698 650
G 237 324
A 291 191
PTS 528 515
+/-
PIM 212 953
 Goals
EV
PP
SH
GW
 Shots on Goal
S
 
S%
 Per Game
G 0.34 0.50
A 0.42 0.29
PTS 0.76 0.79
GC 0.33 0.44
+/-
PIM 0.30 1.47
S
 Adjusted
G 343 587
A 506 583
PTS 849 1170
GC 325 479
 Point Shares
OPS 44.3 89.2
DPS 11.4 12.1
PS 55.8 101.3

123 ≡ incomplete data

  Playoffs
  Syd Howe Nels Stewart
GP 70 50
G 17 9
A 27 12
PTS 44 21
+/-
PIM 10 47
 Goals
EV
PP
SH
GW
 Shots on Goal
S
 
S%
 Per Game
G 0.24 0.18
A 0.39 0.24
PTS 0.63 0.42
GC 0.25 0.20
+/-
PIM 0.14 0.94
S

123 ≡ incomplete data