Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Unbreakable: Career +/- Rating

This is a feature that will showcase an NHL record that we believe is unbreakable. And no, these won't just be "Wayne Gretzky is God" posts, they will be records from a wide variety of players.
Record: Career +/- Rating
Holder: Larry Robinson with a career +730

Record In Perspective:
Robinson has this record locked up with a solid +202 better rating than Ray Bourque at +528. The worst career +/- recorded, is that of Robert Stewart, who finished his 575 game career with a chilly -260, almost a full +1000 behind Robinson. Nowadays most people are happy to see a player with a rating above +20, well Robinson accomplished that feat 16 times in his career, and hitting the +120 mark in 1976-77 didn't hurt his total either. A lengthy career, and being on the ice for 2,635 goals for will result in such a stellar +/- rating which ends up being a lot of celebrating on the ice.
Season    Age  Tm  Lg   GP   G   A PTS  GC +/- PIM  EV PP SH GW    S   S% 
1972-73    21 MTL NHL   36   2   4   6   2   3  20   2  0  0  1   36  5.6         
1973-74    22 MTL NHL   78   6  20  26   9  32  66   6  0  0  1   98  6.1         
1974-75    23 MTL NHL   80  14  47  61  21  61  76  13  1  0  2  102 13.7         
1975-76    24 MTL NHL   80  10  30  40  14  50  59   8  2  0  0  130  7.7         
1976-77    25 MTL NHL   77  19  66  85  29 120  45  16  3  0  3  199  9.5         
1977-78    26 MTL NHL   80  13  52  65  22  71  39   8  3  2  5  154  8.4         
1978-79    27 MTL NHL   67  16  45  61  21  50  33  12  4  0  1  147 10.9         
1979-80    28 MTL NHL   72  14  61  75  25  38  39   8  6  0  3  133 10.5         
1980-81    29 MTL NHL   65  12  38  50  17  46  37   5  7  0  2  130  9.2         
1981-82    30 MTL NHL   71  12  47  59  19  57  41   6  5  1  0  141  8.5         
1982-83    31 MTL NHL   71  14  49  63  22  33  33   8  6  0  1  147  9.5         
1983-84    32 MTL NHL   74   9  34  43  15   4  39   5  4  0  1  141  6.4         
1984-85    33 MTL NHL   76  14  33  47  17  33  44   8  6  0  3  120 11.7         
1985-86    34 MTL NHL   78  19  63  82  28  29  39   9 10  0  1  167 11.4         
1986-87    35 MTL NHL   70  13  37  50  17  24  44   7  6  0  3  122 10.7         
1987-88    36 MTL NHL   53   6  34  40  13  26  30   4  2  0  1   96  6.3         
1988-89    37 MTL NHL   74   4  26  30   9  23  22   4  0  0  0   79  5.1         
1989-90    38 LAK NHL   64   7  32  39  12   7  34   6  1  0  1   80  8.8         
1990-91    39 LAK NHL   62   1  22  23   6  22  16   1  0  0  0   70  1.4         
1991-92    40 LAK NHL   56   3  10  13   4   1  37   3  0  0  0   46  6.5         
Career            NHL 1384 208 750 958 322 730 793 139 66  3 29 2338  8.9 
Closest Active Player:
Nicklas Lidstrom sits at a nice +454, good enough for 6th place, but still +255 behind Big Bird. Of players who won't be retiring soon, Pavel Datsyuk sits at +205, and Henrik Sedin at +177. It's hard to believe that those great offensive players ratings are not as high as you would think and Wayne Gretzky's +518 despite 2,857 points truly shows you how impressive Robinson's +730 really is.

Why It Won't Be Broken:
These aren't the high scoring days of the 70s and 80s where it was commonplace to see players with +/- ratings in the +60s on a consistent basis and teams to score over 300 goals is very rare now with only 3 teams accomplishing that mark in the past 14 seasons. It's exceptional for a player to have a +/- over +50 in today's NHL, and that is a feat we really only see every few years (7 times in the past 20 years). For a player to keep that up on a consistent basis throughout their career is just something we won't be seeing anytime soon, if ever again.

It didn't hurt that Robinson had some dangles either...

2 comments:

  1. +120 in one season. unreal

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  2. Very impressive work by Robinson, but this should have been Bobby Orr's record. He finished at +597 (2nd all time), but only went +18 in 36 games after the age of 26, and they didn't track +/- his rookie year. He averaged a +68 for the eight year prime of his career, finishing 1st in +/- six times, second once and fourth once. If you add in his rookie year (he finished 2nd in the NHL his sophomore year, so it was probably pretty solid that year), and he likely came very close to averaging +1 per game, as he went +597 in 657 games.

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