Which players got screwed the most by the two lock-outs?

The 2004-2005 lock-out took a year out of the careers of a generation of players. Now, the 2012-13 lock-out is robbing a second group, and it’s doing it to some people for the second time. Some players — Mike Cammalleri, Dustin Brown, come to mind — may even have benefitted from playing an entire season in the AHL during the first lock-out. We can only hope that this will repeat itself this time with players like Andrei Loktionov and Tyler Toffoli.

I started to imagine the archetypal most-screwed-by-both-lock-outs player, and decided it would have to be someone who was just hitting their productive stride when the 2004 lock-out hit, and then, would be due to get one of his big UFA salaries when the 2012 lock-out came around. This player would have been 23-27 in 2004, and 31-34 now. Both in terms of dollars and in productivity, such a player would be losing a lot. More or less 20% of their potential prime years. That was my thought anyway.

So I made a chart.

Players on the chart satisfy the following criteria:

  • They scored at least 25 goals in each of 2003-04 and 2011-12, OR
  • They scored at least 40 assists in each of 2003-04 and 2011-12.
In other words, these players led the league in either goals or assists in BOTH seasons prior to the lock-outs. There are twelve such players, and these are their cumulative totals for those seasons, 2003-2004 and 2011-12.
Ilya Kovalchuk 158 78 92 170 1983
Martin St Louis 159 63 105 168 1975
Marian Hossa 162 65 94 159 1979
Patrik Elias 163 64 95 159 1976
Joe Thornton 159 41 109 150 1979
Brad Richards 164 51 94 145 1980
Jarome Iginla 163 73 67 140 1977
Daniel Alfredsson 152 59 80 139 1972
Mike Ribeiro 155 38 90 128 1980
Michael Ryder 163 60 65 125 1980
Patrick Marleau 162 58 63 121 1979
Rick Nash 162 71 45 116 1984

Interestingly, only two guys — Nash and Kovalchuk — are young enough to fit with my original definition of most-screwed. The rest of the guys are older. Because they are the youngest on the list, you could argue that they are the most screwed of the most-screwed. Super-plus-screwed. Or, you might feel that an older guy — Iginla, Elias — lost a prime season, and now he’s losing one of his most-prized twilight years.

But this is just one spit-balled way of looking at it. Who are your candidates for most-screwed?


  3 comments for “Which players got screwed the most by the two lock-outs?

  1. Kings of Hockeywood
    November 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne.

    With 665 and 663 goals respectively they sit 3 and 5 goals behind Luc Robitaille for 10th all-time, 22 more behind Mario Lemieux for 9th, 24 more behind Steven Yzerman for 8th, and 26 more behind Mark Messier for 7th. Granted all of them were also affected by the 1994 and 2004 lockouts, but so were Jagr and Selanne. These two would be in the top 10 for sure all-time and probably would have scored 700 apiece were it not for the lockouts. Actually all of those guys would likely have gotten to 700 – a pretty special number considering that only 6 players (Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Brett Hull, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito, and Mike Gartner) have done it – but were robbed due to losing over 100 games of their careers to lockouts, a number that is still climbing for Jagr and Selanne.

    • November 11, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      almost makes you wonder if luc is behind the whole thing…

      • Kings of Hockeywood
        November 11, 2012 at 9:06 PM

        Of course! That’s why he was so eager to join the front office after he retired!

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