It's that time of year again: time for the Keltner Test, this time for Kevin Lowe.
1. Was he ever commonly thought of as the best player in hockey while he played?
2. Was he ever commonly thought of as the best player at his position while he played?
No, there were always a good number of better defensemen in the league in every year of his career.
3. Was he ever among the top 10 leaders in any key stats? (G, A, Pts, W, SO, etc)
4. Did the pl
When people don't agree that Player A belongs in the HOF, a great amount of extremely heated debate often takes place. This can happen between rabid fans of that player, or even people that, while they weren’t necessarily this guy’s biggest devotee, believe he’s HOF caliber. HOF arguments are many, but generally comprise the following sorts of arguments, and are used on there own or sometimes even all at once. There are probably a million different sorts of arguments that could be made by a mill
As a fellow disciple of Bill James i always love your Keltner list. Looking at Lowe and Wilson i can see a lot of similarities to the Scooter/PeeWee debate that was a subject of one of his better books, Whatever happened to the Hall of fame.
Lowe didnt have spectacular numbers but was a plus/minus monster early in his career, a defensive specialist and PK god early in his career, all things that dont show up in the box score. And he won 5 cups in Edmonton and
I'm really not trying to crap on Lowe; like I said, I have tremendous respect for him as a player. He has 6 Cups, was a key player on 5 of those winning teams, and (according to teammates) was the adult in a room full of boys. More mature than his partying teammates and took everything very seriously. He showed up for every game perpetually in a bad mood and ready to defend his end of the ice to the death. He HATED to lose as much as anybody ever in the history o