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03-04-2011, 08:57 PM
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overpass
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Not sure if this guy is good value here. He’s the worst even strength player taken so far. But I’d like another forward who can fill the net on the power play, and this guy is the best option left.

Camille Henry, C/LW

Led the NHL in power play goals in 1953-54 (20), 1957-58 (18), 1964-65 (16). His 20 power play goals in his rookie season in 1953-54 were a record until Bobby Hull broke it in 1965-66.

Feb 8, 1954, Montreal Gazette, Muzz Patrick on Henry:
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"He has skills that you don't see in many players. It isn't just that he happens to be in the right place at the right time, though he has that faculty. You won't see him score any picture goals, either. But he scores goals in his own peculiar way.

"He got a big one for us against Boston and it looked like sheer luck. We had the pressure on and Leo Reise fired a pass to him that was knee high. He got his stick on it and flicked it into the net. He made about three moves on the play. Goals on deflections are considered lucky, but Henry gets too many that way. After you've seen him do it a few times you know it's skill."
Jan 12, 1958:
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Camille weighs about 149 pounds soaking wet which he usually is after most of the games in the bruising, contact-filled sport. Most of his scores are made 10 to 20 feet from the opposing nets where he usually stations himself to await a teammate's pass or a stray disk.

"I figure being light helps me" he said. "I can sometimes squeeze in among the bigger men, get my stick in the way of the puck and get it past the goalie. If I was heavier I might not be able to maneuver so well."
Nov 1, 1958:
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Phil Watson says of Camille Henry: "He has the best reflexes of any hockey player I've seen. He's like a cat. Never off balance and always with his eye on the puck. And he's an opportunist. That's why he scores so often when there's a scramble in front of the nets."
Feb 16, 1957:
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Camille Henry seems to have that magic quality that makes a hockey player deadly around the net.
Descriptions of Camille Henry power play goals (I could be cherry picking these, but I'm not...just looking for any power play goals with descriptions, and I took the first 5 I found. They aren't easy to find in the free papers.)

1960: Little Camille Henry started New York back when he scored on a rebound while the Black Hawks were shorthanded...

1965: Stan Mikita...ripped a 50 footer. Henry tipped it into the post but Camille quickly scooped the rebound over a falling (goalie)...

1957: Camille climaxed a power play by flicking the disk past Jacques Plante from just outside the goal crease.

1954: Camille took XXXXX's perfect pass to the right of the goal and sent it into the net.

1963: Henry tied it three minutes later during a power play when his shot deflected in off Gadsby's stick.


I’ve created a simple adjusted power play goals stat. I already had one based on league power play scoring level, but that doesn’t work so well for a small league like the Original Six. This uses a baseline of the average power play goals of the #2 through #4 power play goal scorers, and sets that equal to 20 (basically 80s scoring level).

Here’s how Henry’s top 10 power play goal seasons compare to some of the prominent power play scorers drafted.

Player Best 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Top3 Top5 Top10
Phil Esposito 36 29 28 28 24 23 21 20 19 16 93 145 244
Bobby Hull 33 32 30 24 18 18 16 15 14 13 95 137 213
Camille Henry 34 32 29 22 15 14 13 13 13 11 94 132 195
Mike Bossy 32 29 25 20 19 18 17 16 8 6 86 125 191
Jean Beliveau 28 25 24 22 20 20 19 18 17 16 77 118 209
Gordie Howe 26 24 23 22 20 19 19 18 17 15 73 115 204
Mario Lemieux 31 27 19 18 18 17 15 14 13 13 77 113 183
Tim Kerr 29 26 25 21 9 8 7 6 5 4 80 111 141
Brett Hull 27 24 21 21 17 17 16 15 14 14 73 110 187
Teemu Selanne 28 28 18 18 17 15 13 13 13 13 74 109 176
Dave Andreychuk 24 23 17 16 16 15 14 13 13 12 64 97 164
Joe Nieuwendyk 25 21 18 16 16 13 12 12 10 10 64 97 153

Conclusion: Camille Henry was an awesome goal scorer on the power play.

(Now that I look at the results, this metric may be a bit friendly to Original Six guys, possibly because there were just far fewer guys in the role of power play goal scorers. Even so, Henry’s numbers were still extremely impressive.)


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