Of course the real question is, “is Luc Robitaille the Greatest Left Wing of All Time?” That’s the real question because, of all left-shooting Left Wings in NHL history, Robitaille is first in both goals and points.
Joe Nieuwendyk as an elite goal-scoring centre who transitioned into one of the great two-way forwards of his era. But did he really deserve his Conny Smythe Trophy? If he didn’t, what does that do to his Hall of Fame case?
Listen to us talk about Nieuwendyk here:
Warning! This episode contains an extremely hot take about Nieuwendyk’s Conn Smythe.
Every year, Daniel Alfredsson’s name comes up on a list of eligible players for the Hockey Hall of Fame, due to his career games and points. There is great disagreement as to whether or not he belongs.
Gary Suter is one of the top offensive defencemen in the history of the NHL. However, many of the defenders above Suter on the points list played at exactly the same time so, in context, his impressive offensive numbers don’t look so impressive.
Peter Forsberg combined elite passing with elite defensive ability and elite effort. His offensive rate statistics put him among the very best centres in the history of the NHL. Add to that his defense, and it feels as though he has a case to be considered one of the best centres to ever play the game.
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?