Red Kelly was one of the best D of the 1950s and possibly the greatest offensive D to yet play in the NHL. And then he was traded to the Leafs and famously switched to centre. Throughout his career he won more Stanley Cups than any other non-Canadien player. He is one of only 10 players to ever have the three-year Hall of Fame waiting requirement waived.
So where does Red Kelly rank all time?
Listen to us talk about Red Kelly’s Hall of Fame and GOAT case here:
Continue reading “Is Red Kelly one of the Greatest NHL Players of All Time?”
Billy Burch won the Hart in a year when he was the 3rd best offensive player on his own team and the 6th best overall. That’s basically his only case for Hall of Fame inclusion.
But what if he did something else?
Listen to us talk about Billy Burch’s Hall of Fame case here:
Continue reading “Does Billy Burch Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?”
Did you know that Gordie Drillon was one of the greatest goal scorers in early NHL history?
He was indeed. And we think he has a pretty slam dunk Hall of Fame case. Listen to us talk about him here:
Continue reading “Does Gordie Drillon Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?”
Bill Quackenbush played D for the Red Wings and Bruins for 14 years. He never won a Cup and he was not much of a scorer. (D didn’t score much before Red Kelly and Doug Harvey.)
But his career mostly predates the Norris. And he made three 1st All Star Teams and five total. That puts him in elite company.
So, does Bill Quackenbush belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Listen here:
Continue reading “Does Bill Quackenbush Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?”
Alex Delvecchio was 2nd All time in Assists and Points at his retirement and won three Stanley Cups. But he never led the league in any category, nor did he ever lead his team in scoring.
Why? Because he played on the same line as Gordie Howe.
So the big question is, how much of Delvecchio’s incredible production comes from laying next to the greatest winger of all time?
Listen to us discuss Alex Delvecchio’s Hall of Fame case here:
Continue reading “Does Alex Delvecchio Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?”
Bucyk retired as one of the Top 5 scorers in NHL history. And he set the single season record for a Left Winger.
But does his career look as good as it does because of his incredible longevity? Because he was never the best player on the Bruins when they were good.
Listen to us discuss John Bucyk’s Hockey Hall of Fame case here:
Continue reading “Does Johnny Bucyk belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?”
Many 21st century hockey fans likely think the answer to the question “Who is the Greatest Left Winger of All Time?” has an easy answer, Alex Ovechkin.
But it’s possible we don’t remember how dominant Bobby Hull truly was. Hull won 2 Hart trophies and 3 Art Ross trophies. But he was a Hart finalist for most of a decade. Additionally, he was, by most standards, the best offensive player of his era, both in the regular season and, crucially, in the playoffs.
And then he went to another league and dominated it in his late 30s. (It’s possible his departure to the WHA colours how we think of his career.)
So, is Bobby Hull the Greatest LW of All Time? Listen here:
Continue reading “Is Bobby Hull the Greatest Left Wing of All Time?”
If you didn’t see him play, it’s possible Stan Mikita’s resume is better than you think it should be. In addition to winning multiple Hart trophies, Art Ross trophies and the Stanley Cup, he’s likely the 2nd best centre of the ’60s and among the best centres of the ’70s.
So it’s clear Stan Mikita belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The question is, where does Stan Mikita rank among centres all time?
Continue reading “Is Stan Mikita a Top 5 Centre All Time?”
By regular season numbers, Jean Ratelle was one of the best forwards of his era. And, had he been healthy in his best season, he might have competed for the scoring title. (His peers awarded him with the Pearson for that.)
However, his playoff numbers are noticeably worse. And, of course, he never won a Cup.
So, how great was Jean Ratelle? Is he one of the greats of his era or does his longevity make him look better than he was? Listen to us discuss Ratelle’s Hall of Fame case here:
Continue reading “Does Jean Ratelle Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?”
For some Dave Keon is perhaps the best defensive forward of the 1960s and one of the Greatest Maple Leafs of All Time.
For others, Keon’s per game numbers leave a lot to be desired. And his offensive numbers during the 1967 playoffs do not justify his Conn Smythe.
So, does Dave Keon belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
List to us discuss his Hall of Fame case here:
Continue reading “Does Dave Keon Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?”