ATD 2011 Draft Thread VI
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02-26-2011, 11:23 PM
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Johnny Gottselig, LW
Tall and lanky (5'11, 158 pounds)
Best stickhandler of his time?
New York Times, Apr 6, 1931:
The deciding goal was by Johnny Gottselig, the Black Hawks stellar stick-handler...
New York Times, Nov 29, 1938:
Johnny Gottselig, the stickhandling magician of the Chicago Black Hawks...
Calgary Herald, Mar 10, 1939:
Johnny Gottselig is the best stickhandler in hockey. A good scorer when he has any help and a fine checker and puck saver when he is out their (sic) single-o, trying to kill off penalties.
Vancouver Sun, Mar 16, 1943:
Gottselig, for many seasons one of the outstanding stickhandlers in the bruising game of pro hockey...
Good defensively - solid at picking up his check, and noted for ragging the puck as a penalty killer.
The Telegraph, April 6, 1938:
Sharing honors with him was Gottselig, who tied the game on his first goal, put the game on ice with his second and stick-handled the powerful Leafs dizzy when his team was a man shy on a penalty.
Captained the Hawks for 5 seasons, and was a Cup-winning captain in 1938.
Regular season scoring
Top 10 scorers, 1931-1940
1. Marty Barry - 353 pts in 456 games
2. Busher Jackson - 353 points in 444 games
3. Charlie Conacher - 346 points in 375 games
4. Nels Stewart - 334 points in 442 games
5. Johnny Gottselig - 302 points in 445 games
6. Cecil Dillon - 298 points in 453 games
7. Hooley Smith - 285 points in 456 games
8. Paul Thompson - 278 points in 409 games
9. Dit Clapper - 275 points in 459 games
10. Syd Howe - 268 points in 422 games
Consistent second-tier scorer for a decade.
Usually first or second (behind Paul Thompson) on his team in scoring. His teams were about league-average over his career, and were usually low-scoring, tight checking teams.
To put his scoring in context, Gottselig rarely played with talented linemates. Paul Thompson was ahead of him at LW for much of his career and played with the better linemates. Gottselig played with the depth players.
One of the leaders in playoff points for the 1930s. Played on two Stanley Cup winners (1934 and 1938). Led one in playoff goals and points, led the other in playoff goals.
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