Eddie Gerard won a bunch of Stanley Cups. And by one metric he might have been the best defenceman in the early NHL. Was he? Does he deserve to the be in the Hockey Hall of Fame? We discuss his case on our latest episode. Listen here:
Phil Housley has some of the most impressive career offensive totals of any NHL defenceman, especially an American. He is also -53 for his career. Should the Hall of Fame inducted a player who appears, on first glance, to have not been very good in his own end? We discuss in our latest episode. Listen here:
We doubt Sergei Gonchar is a name many would have considered for induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame. But he had a rather great career despite his lack of accodalades. In our latest episode, we debate whether or not he deserves to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Listen here:
Of all the players to be featured on The Back Check so far, Jack Walker has, by far, the least impressive stats we’ve seen. So why the hell is in?
Listen here to hear if we can figure it out:
Jack Walker’s stats:
Sergei Makarov was a star in the USSR for a decade before playing in the NHL. In fact, he might have been the best hockey player in the world not in the NHL for much of the 1980s. But given how much the Hockey Hall of Fame focuses on NHL experience, did he deserve to be inducted?
Listen here to find out:
Kent Nilsson has the highest APG and PPG of any eligible NHL player not yet in the Hockey Hall of Fame, he is the only eligible player in the Top 10 in APG and PPG not in the Hall. Why is a player with Top 10 career rate stats not in the Hall of Fame? Does it have to do with how he left the NHL? Does it have to do with his games played and inflated ’80s stats?
Listen as we try to figure out why:
Keith Tkachuk (“TAYchuck” according to Don Cherry) is more notorious for his edge and his sneer than he is for his goal-scoring ability. Was he could enough to be in the Hall of Fame? We find out. Listen to us debate his case:
How great was Eric Lindros really? Was he all hype or did he live up to some of it? Is the only thing keeping him from the GOAT conversation his concussion history? Listen to us talk about Lindros here:
Here are Lindros’ stats:
Harry Cameron was a dynamic offensive player from the blue line well before that was a common feature of NHL D. Was he one of the greatest D of his era or of all time or is it more likely that the position had yet to be defined properly? Listen to us talk about Harry Cameron:
Here are Cameron’s stats:
The question with Newsy isn’t whether or not he belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame but rather, is Newsy Lalonde one of the Greatest of All Time? Newsy’s dominance of the early NHL is unrivaled but where does he rank all time? Listen here:
See his stats here: