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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 (2270)
2. Mario Lemieux (2209)
3. Gordie Howe (2195)
4. Bobby Hull (2157)
5. Raymond Bourque (2144)
Current Top Five (Goalies):
1. Jacques Plante (2031)
2. Terry Sawchuk (2026)
3. Glenn Hall (1976)
4. Ken Dryden (1969)
5. Dominik Hasek (1966)

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  Tale of the Tape
  Olaf Kolzig Mike Richter
Pos G G
Height 6-3 5-11
Weight 224 185
Draft 1989 (19th) 1985 (28th)
Debut 1989-90 1989-90
Years 17 14
AS Game 2 3
AS Team 1 (1/0) 0
Hart 0 0
Norris 0 0
Selke 0 0
Vezina 1 0
Cups 0 1
HoF No No
Adjusted Point Shares*
(Best → Worst)
Rk Olaf Kolzig Mike Richter
1 14.6 13.0
2 13.9 11.6
3 13.1 11.4
4 12.7 11.1
5 11.8 10.4
6 11.3 10.0
7 11.1 9.8
8 11.0 8.1
9 7.7 7.9
10 6.0 6.9
11 4.2 6.7
12 2.9 6.2
13 1.8 5.0
14 1.2 1.5
15 0.1
16 0.0
17 -0.1
Wt Sum** 95.7 88.9

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

  Regular Season
  Olaf Kolzig Mike Richter
GP 719 666
W 303 301
L 297 258
T/O 87 73
GA 1885 1840
SA 20118 19219
SV 18233 17379
SV% .906 .904
GAA 2.71 2.89
SO 35 24
MIN 41671 38183
 Adjusted
GAA 3.07 3.04
 Point Shares
GPS 122.2 116.9

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  Playoffs
  Olaf Kolzig Mike Richter
GP 45 76
W 20 41
L 24 33
T/O
GA 100 202
SA 1376 2228
SV 1276 2026
SV% .927 .909
GAA 2.14 2.68
SO 6 9
MIN 2799 4514

123 ≡ incomplete data