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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. Mario Lemieux (2277)
2. Bobby Orr (2270)
3. Wayne Gretzky (2265)
4. Gordie Howe (2192)
5. Raymond Bourque (2174)
Current Top Five (Goalies):
1. Patrick Roy (2049)
2. Terry Sawchuk (2023)
3. Dominik Hasek (2011)
4. Jacques Plante (2010)
5. Glenn Hall (1975)

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Who's Better: or ? Skip

  Tale of the Tape
  Raymond Bourque Mike Gartner
Pos D RW
Height 5-11 6-0
Weight 219 187
Draft 1979 (8th) 1979 (4th)
Debut 1979-80 1979-80
Years 22 19
AS Game 19 7
AS Team 19 (13/6) 0
Hart 0 0
Norris 5 0
Selke 0 0
Vezina 0 0
Cups 1 0
HoF Yes Yes
Adjusted Point Shares*
(Best → Worst)
Rk Raymond Bourque Mike Gartner
1 14.9 9.3
2 13.9 8.5
3 13.6 8.0
4 13.2 7.9
5 13.0 7.6
6 12.8 7.6
7 12.3 7.2
8 12.0 6.8
9 11.9 6.7
10 11.9 6.5
11 11.8 6.4
12 11.5 6.4
13 11.4 6.2
14 10.4 6.2
15 10.2 6.0
16 10.1 5.8
17 9.7 5.2
18 9.6 3.6
19 9.5 2.2
20 9.3
21 9.0
22 7.1
Wt Sum** 131.3 75.9

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

  Regular Season
  Raymond Bourque Mike Gartner
GP 1612 1432
G 410 708
A 1169 627
PTS 1579 1335
+/- 528 67
PIM 1141 1159
 Goals
EV 221 468
PP 173 217
SH 16 23
GW 60 90
 Shots
S 6206 5090
 
S% 6.6 13.9
 Per Game
G 0.25 0.49
A 0.73 0.44
PTS 0.98 0.93
GC 0.34 0.39
+/- 0.33 0.05
PIM 0.71 0.81
S 3.85 3.55
 Adjusted
G 368 609
A 1058 533
PTS 1426 1142
GC 489 478
 Point Shares
OPS 123.8 100.1
DPS 118.9 21.7
PS 242.7 121.8

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  Playoffs
  Raymond Bourque Mike Gartner
GP 214 122
G 41 43
A 139 50
PTS 180 93
+/- 5 -3
PIM 171 125
 Goals
EV 26 27
PP 15 16
SH 0 0
GW 4 7
 Shots
S 648 394
 
S% 4.6 10.9
 Per Game
G 0.19 0.35
A 0.65 0.41
PTS 0.84 0.76
GC 0.28 0.31
+/- 0.03 -0.03
PIM 0.80 1.02
S 3.70 3.34

123 ≡ incomplete data