Joe Mullen was among the first American NHL stars and the first American player to reach 500 goals. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his fist year of eligibility.
But his regular season stats aren’t actually that great and are substantially helped by the era he played in.
So, does Joe Mullen belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Listen here:
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Rod Langway won two Norris trophies and finished 2nd in Hart trophy voting to Wayne Gretzk once. He totally belongs, right?
However, Langway is the basically only purely defensive defenseman to win the Norris trophy in the trophy’s history. (Or, if you prefer, he’s the only purely defensive defenseman to win it since Bobby Orr transformed the position.)
Listen to us discuss whether or not he belongs:
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Some people believe Pat LaFontaine is the Greatest American Hockey Player of All Time. (The A-GOAT? The GAOAT?) This is despite an injury-shortened career and no Stanley Cups.
Does this claim hold up to scrutiny?
Listen to us talk about LaFontaine here:
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Why are we even writing about Matt Cullen? Obviously he doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame, right?
Well, he’s 20th All Time in NHL Games Played. And he has 3 Stanley Cups at a time when that’s pretty rare.
So, the question is, are the standards so low now that he might make it in?
Listen to us talk about Matt Cullen’s (lack of a) Hall of Fame case here:
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Brian Leetch was one of the greatest offensive defensemen of his era, perhaps even of all time.
That’s what we discuss on his episode of our podcast – where Leetch ranks all time, with multiple long discussions of his role in the 1994 Rangers’ Cup run.
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In journeyman career that saw him play for way too many teams, Mathieu Schneider amassed enough points to make him one of the top 25 offensive defensmen in NHL history (if you go by totals, not per game). That surprised us.
But Schneider has few individual accolades and not a lot of team success.
So does he belong in the Hall of Fame?
We discuss it on our latest episode. Listen here:
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Brett Hull is one of the greatest goal scorers in NHL history but he is often accused of being so one-dimensional that he shouldn’t be considered a great player.
In this episode, we discuss his case and whether or not he’s as one-dimensional as many often claim.
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Jeremy Roenick was a dominant offensive player who was one of the few true personalities in a league known for extremely boring players.
Or was he a dominant offensive player? Both of us remember him being dominant but the stats don’t really back it up.
Listen to us discuss Roenick’s case in our latest episode:
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Until very recently, Doug Weight was one of the Top 5 American passers in the history of the NHL, and he did so while playing his prime in the Dead Puck (Clutch and Grab) era, at one point scoring over 100 points in a season.
We both fondly remember Weight from those classic Oilers-Stars series of the late ’90s and early ’00s. But does he really deserve a spot in the Hall of Fame?
Listen to our discussion here:
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Craig Janney is
14th All Time in Assists Per Game, one of only two players in the Top 15 who are not in the Hall of Fame or still active.
The big knocks against Janney are his minus, the length of his career and his lack of a truly dominant season.
We talk about Janney’s Hockey Hall of Fame case here:
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