Sunday, November 16, 2014

Who Are Future Hall Of Famers?

We were having a good chat at the pub the other night about the upcoming Hockey Hall of Fame inductions before the conversation shifted to how some young guys in the NHL already have Hall of Fame resumes. A player like Jonathan Toews has already accomplished so much in 7 seasons that he will be a shoo-in for the Hockey Hall of Fame whenever his career is over. This got us thinking about what other young players like Toews are on the HHOF track and might be getting the call in 15 or so years to join some elite company.

Here are 10 guys in their twenties who have already built up solid cases for the Hall of Fame (all stats from before the 2014-15 NHL season):

Jonathan Toews, age 26

Regular Season Points: 195 goals, 245 assists, 440 points in 484 games played.
Playoff Points: 29 goals, 52 assists, 81 points in 94 games played.
Awards: 1 Conn Smythe Trophy, 1 Frank J. Selke Trophy, 2010 Olympics - Best Forward
Stanley Cups: 2
Medals: 2 Olympic Gold, 2 WHC (1 silver, 1 gold), 2 WJC gold, 1 U17 gold

Sidney Crosby, age 27

Regular Season Points: 274 goals, 495 assists, 769 points in 550 games
Playoff Points: 41 goals, 73 assists, 114 points in 95 games
Awards: 2 Art Ross Trophies, 3 Lester B. Pearson/Ted Linsday Awards, 2 Hart Trophy, 1 Maurice Richard Trophy
Stanley Cups: 1
Medals: 2 Olympic Gold, 2 WJC (1 gold, 1 silver)

Evgeni Malkin, age 28

Regular Season Points: 240 goals, 392 assists, 632 points in 518 games
Playoff Points: 42 goals, 69 assists, 111 points in 96 games
Awards: 2 Art Ross Trophies, Calder Memorial Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, Hart Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award
Stanley Cups: 1
Medals:  5 WHC (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze), 2 WJC silver, 2 U18 (1 gold, 1 bronze)

Alex Ovechkin, age 29

Regular Season Points: 422 goals, 392 assists, 814 points in 679 games
Playoff Points: 31 goals, 30 assists, 61 points in 58 games.
Awards: 3 Hart Trophies, 3 Lester B. Pearson/Ted Lindsay Awards, 1 Art Ross, 4 Maurice Richard Trophies, Calder Memorial Trophy
Stanley Cups: 0
Gagarin Cups: 1
Medals: 6 WHC (3 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze), 2 WJC (1 gold, 1 silver), 2 U18 (1 silver, 1 bronze)

Patrick Kane, age 25

Regular Season Points: 178 goals, 315 assists, 493 points in 515 games played.
Playoff Points: 37 goals, 54 assists, 91 points in 93 games played.
Awards: Calder Memorial Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy
Stanley Cups: 2
Medals: 1 Olympic silver, 1 WJC bronze, 1 U18 gold

Shea Weber, age 29

Regular Season Points: 131 goals, 216 assists, 347 points in 607 games
Playoff Points: 10 goals, 10 assists, 20 points in 43 games
Awards: 0
Stanley Cups: 0
Medals: 2 Olympic gold, 2 WHC (1 gold, 1 silver), 1 WJC gold

Erik Karlsson, age 24

Regular Season Points: 63 goals, 174 assists, 237 points in 315 games
Playoff Points: 3 goals, 12 assists, 15 points in 23 games
Awards: 1 Norris Trophy
Stanley Cups: 0
Medals: 1 Olympic silver, 1 WHC bronze, 1 WJC silver

Steven Stamkos, age 24

Regular Season Points: 233 goals, 193 assists, 426 points in 410 games
Playoff Points: 8 goals, 9 assists, 17 points in 22 games
Awards: 2 Maurice Richard Trophies
Stanley Cups: 0
Medals: 1 WJC gold, 1 WHC silver

Patrice Bergeron, age 29

Regular Season Points: 167 goals, 289 assists, 456 points in 588 games
Playoff Points: 23 goals, 43 assists, 66 points in 95 games
Awards: 2 Frank J. Selke Trophies, 1 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, 1 NHL Foundation Player Award
Stanley Cups: 1
Medals: 2 Olympic Gold, 1 WHC gold, 1 WJC gold, 1 Spengler Cup

Drew Doughty, age 24

Regular Season Points: 59 goals, 162 assists, 221 points in 442 games played
Playoff Points: 16 goals, 34 assists, 50 points in 76 games played
Awards: 0
Stanley Cups: 2
Medals: 2 Olympic gold, 1 WHC silver, 1 WJC gold

We're calling Toews, Crosby, Malkin, and Ovechkin as locks for the Hall while the others will have to continue to pad their stats and add to their trophy cases if they want to earn that recognition.  Goalies are tougher to call as none of them have great all-around resumes right now to be given HHOF status, but we'd keep an eye on Rask and Price to be the best young goalies to emerge as candidates. Regardless, we've seen so many great plays from these 10 studs that we look forward to seeing what their version of this Top 10 would look like:

 

3 comments:

  1. I just don't see Patrice Bergeron and Erik Karlsson making the Hall
    Great players but not Hall material

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  2. What about Getzlaf?

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  3. Duncan Keith is as Hall of Fame worthy as anybody in my opinion.

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