Why was Ron Francis considered a top defensive forward?
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03-23-2013, 10:06 PM
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I made this for a different project, might as well paste it here and hope maybe it aids in the discussion...
This is just for his time in Pittsburgh, not his whole career!
6'3" / 200 lbs.
As a Penguin (Mar. 1991-1998): 533 GP 164 goals, 449 assists, 613 points - playoffs: 97 GP 32 goals, 68 assists, 100 points
2x Stanley Cup Champion (1991, 1992)
Team Captain: 1995, 1997-98
In Penguins history: 11th all-time in games played, 10th all-time in goals, 3rd all-time in assists (Lemieux, Jagr), 4th all-time in points. ||| 6th all time in points per game (Lemieux, Crosby, Jagr, Coffey, Malkin)
7 full seasons + 1 partial season = 8 total seasons as a Penguin
, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 6th, 8th, 12th
All-Star Voting (center): 3rd, 3rd, 7th^, t-8th*, t-9th*
* - one vote
^ - to Mario
2x Lady Byng Winner
1x NHL All Star (1996)
Scoring verus the
Top-10 assist finishes:
3rd, 4th, 9th, 9th
Top-10 point finishes: 4th, 5th, 5th, 8th
Led the 1992 playoffs in assists with 19.
Scoring versus teammates (top-5):
1992-93: 4th (2nd in assists)
1993-94: 2nd (1st in assists)
1994-95: 2nd (1st in assists)
1995-96: 3rd (t-1st in assists)
1996-97: 3rd (2nd in assists)
1997-98: 2nd (2nd in assists - 33% over third place)
Approximate Ice Time with the Penguins:
1992-93: 2nd among forwards, 4th in overall ATOI
1993-94: 1st among forwards, 3rd in overall ATOI
1994-95: 1st among forwards, 3rd in overall ATOI
1995-96: 2nd among forwards, 3rd in overall ATOI
1996-97: 2nd among forwards, 3rd in overall ATOI
1997-98: 2nd among forwards, 3rd in overall ATOI
- While his even-strength ice time (not used in above) is limited vs. the stars on the team. Francis was used copiously on both the power play and the penalty kill throughout his time here which led him to play a ton of minutes despite not always being a top liner. Only ever finished behind Lemieux or Jagr in total ATOI, except 1991-92. It shows how much the coaches trusted him to be a difference maker and if we had numbers regarding the quality of player he played against, I don't doubt that he faced a lot of top units especially early in his time here. Probably did quite a bit of heavy lifting in his early years.
NHL Players' Poll 1993 and 1994:
Best on faceoffs: 1st (1994), t-2nd (1993)
Best defensive forward: 3rd (1993), t-6th (1994)
Smartest Player: t-1st (1994)
Most Underrated: t-2nd (1993)
thanks for this, this is the stuff i wanted to read
not everyone just going "haha youre young and wrong"
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