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Potential Hockey Hall of Famers discussed by NHL.com writers

Potential Hockey Hall of Famers discussed by NHL.com writers

Potential Hockey Hall of Famers discussed by NHL.com writers

The 2022 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Monday, with Daniel Alfredsson, Roberto Luongo, Riikka Sallinen, Daniel and Henrik Sedin inducted as players and Herb Carnegie as a builder.

Each is a worthy candidate to join the honored members who have gone before them.

But no Hall of Fame weekend is complete without a solid argument about those who are eligible for induction but have yet to receive the call from the selection committee.

We asked a panel of NHL.com writers which player or builder they think should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Here are their picks, in alphabetical order:

Patrick Elias

Fact: Elias is the greatest offensive player in New Jersey Devils history. Born in the Czech Republic, he was the first European captain (2006-07) in Devils history and the first forward to have his number retired by the Devils, a feat that should not be overlooked for an organization known for the goal and the goalkeeper. defense New Jersey was a great defensive team, but when it needed a big goal, Elias was either scoring or setting it up. He holds Devils records in goals (408), assists (617), points (1,025), power play goals (113), power play points (333), shorthanded points (33), game winning goals (80). ) and overtime goals (16) in 1,240 regular season games. In 162 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he has the most goals (45), assists (80), points (125), power-play goals (21) and power-play goals (52) in New Jersey history , winning the Stanley Cup. in 2000 and 2003. Elias was able to compete, win battles and make the big plays that elite forwards have already been recognized for in the Hall of Fame. — Mike G. Morreale, staff writer

Paul Henderson

The debate over Henderson’s possible inclusion has lasted for decades. Pragmatists will argue that his NHL stats aren’t heady enough to get him in, and they’re right; had 477 points (236 goals, 241 assists) in 707 games with the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Atlanta Flames from 1963 to 1980. But from a hockey historical standpoint, he is the Henderson’s heroics during the 1972 series of summits between Canada and the Soviet Union that deserve consideration. Henderson scored the game-winning goal in each of the last three games, including the iconic series-winner with 34 seconds left in Game 8, arguably the most famous goal in hockey history, to give Canada a spectacular 4-3-1 win in the series. It’s not called the “Hockey Workforce Hall of Fame.” Moments count, and none were bigger than Henderson’s goal in 1972 or, for that matter, Mike Eruzione’s goal for the U.S. against the Soviets in the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. Both should be enshrined. to score goals that changed the very nature of the game, not just the score. — Mike Zeisberger, staff writer

Reggie Leach

The high-scoring right winger is hardly mentioned these days unless someone is about to break one of his records. “The Riverton Rifle” was one of the most formidable and feared scorers of the 1970s as part of the Philadelphia Flyers’ “LBC Line” featuring Hockey Hall of Famers Bill Barber and Bobby Clarke. He had 666 points (381 goals, 285 assists) in 934 regular season games and 69 points (47 goals, 22 assists) in 94 playoff games. A member of Philadelphia’s 1974-75 Stanley Cup championship team, the two-time All-Star (1976, 1980) scored 30 or more goals in a season six times, and 50 or more goals twice. He led the NHL in goals in 1975-76 (61) and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP in 1976 with 24 points (19 goals, five assists) in 16 games. He remains the only skater to win the award playing for the team that did not win the Stanley Cup (the Montreal Canadiens swept Philadelphia 4-0). Leach and Jari Kurri of the Edmonton Oilers are the only players to score 19 goals in a postseason. Leach also holds the record for most goals in consecutive playoff games (10 in 1976). His five goals against the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinals on May 6, 1976 tied him with Edouard “Newsy” Lalonde, Maurice Richard, Darryl Sittler and Mario Lemieux, all Hall of Famers. the Hockey Hall of Fame. Leach received the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, in October. — William Douglas, staff writer

Alexander Mogilny

I scratch my head every year when the Hockey Hall of Fame induction class is announced and Mogilny isn’t part of it. Eligible since 2009, Mogilny was one of the first Russian players to play in the NHL after defecting from the then-Soviet Union in 1989 and had 1,032 points (473 goals, 559 assists) in 990 regular season games over 16 NHL seasons with the NHL. Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs from 1989 to 2006. Tied for the NHL lead in goals with Teemu Selanne when he scored 76 with Buffalo in 1992-93 and scored 55 goals with Vancouver in 1995 -96 and 43 with New Jersey in 2000-01. Mogilny, who was voted to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1992-93 and 1995-96, compares favorably to 2017 candidate Paul Kariya, who played one fewer game (989) and scored 71 fewer goals (402) and 43 fewer points. (989). Mogilny helped the Devils win the Stanley Cup in 2000 (Kariya never won the Cup) and, like Kariya, won an Olympic gold medal with the Soviet Union in 1988 (Kariya won with Canada in 2002 ). — Tom Gulitti, staff writer

Chris Osgood

Osgood doesn’t get the respect he deserves. He won 401 games, 13th in NHL history, and won the Stanley Cup three times, twice as a starter. If he had won another championship as a starter, would you think differently? How about the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP? Well, in the 2008-09 season, it could have been one less win of each. He led the Red Wings in Game 7 of the Cup Final, going 15-8 with a 2.01 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and two shutouts. If he had won the Vezina Trophy as the best goaltender in the NHL, would you think of him differently? He was runner-up to Jim Carey in 1995-96, although each had the same number of first-place votes (five) from the general managers and better stats than Carey in GAA (2.17 to 2.26) and percentage savings (0.911). up to .906). — Nicholas J. Cotsonika, columnist

Caroline Ouellette

For me, this one is easy: Caroline Ouellette. I could go on and on, but let’s start with this. She, like Hayley Wickenheiser and Jayna Hefford, won four consecutive Olympic gold medals, the only three women ever to do so. Wickenheiser and Hefford are in the Hall of Fame. So far, Ouellette is not, although I suspect that will correct itself in the coming years. Won a national championship at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the Clarkson Cup four times with Montreal Les Canadiennes, the World Championship six times — finished second six more times — and is third all-time in international scoring among Canadians. women with 242 points (87 goals, 155 assists) in 220 games, behind only Wickenheiser and Hefford. Ouellette is a true giant of hockey, not just the women’s game, and deserves induction. — Amalie Benjamin, writer

David Pol

Poile hasn’t won a Stanley Cup, and that’s the only strike against him. Not enough to keep him from joining his father, Bud Poile, in the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder. David Poile has been at the helm as general manager for 40 years, starting in 1982 with the Washington Capitals and serving in that role for 15 seasons before being hired to start the Nashville Predators from scratch. Builder? Poile is exactly that. He built the Predators from day one and has been there ever since. He didn’t just make a team; he built a franchise and has been there every step of the way as Nashville has become one of the best hockey cities in America. Hall of Famer? Poile is the only person to have been a GM for at least 3,000 regular season games; next is Glen Sather with 2,700. Poile will become the first GM to 1,500 wins. Lou Lamoriello is next with 1,372. His teams have made the playoffs in 29 of his 38 seasons as GM. That includes 14 straight in Washington. It took the Predators until their sixth season to get in. They’ve lost three times in the last 18. They went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017. Poile wants that championship to complete his hockey life, but he shouldn’t need it. to enter the Hall of Fame with everything he has done. — Dan Rosen, Senior Writer

Pierre Turgeon

The forward totaled 1,327 points (515 goals, 812 assists) in 1,294 games with the Sabres, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche. There are 14 NHL players who had 1,300 or more career points who are in the Hall. Turgeon is the only one who isn’t. He also had 97 points (35 goals, 62 assists) in 109 playoff games. But back to his regular seasons: Turgeon was excellent, but the point many want to pick on him is that he didn’t win many awards. Her only one was the Lady Byng Trophy, given to the player who has “exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct,” in 1992-93 with the Islanders. I mean, the guy was one of the best individual compliments whether he pointed it out to the masses or not. It seems like if that’s the reason he hasn’t been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame yet, that’s a shame. — Tracey Myers, staff writer





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