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?
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Cam Neely is one of only 8 players to unofficially score “50 Goals in 50 Games”. (He did it in the Bruins’ 66th game of the season, so it doesn’t count in the NHL’s eyes.) And, when healthy, he was one of the most dominant goal-scorers of his era. On the Bruins…
But his career numbers are not as good as you think they are and, beyond some 2nd All Star Teams, he didn’t really get much acknowledgement as an elite player during his career.
So, does Cam Neely belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Listen to us discuss his case here:
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Claude Provost won 9 Stanley Cups – in fact, he has the most Stanley Cups of anyone not already inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
He has better regular season numbers than at least one comparable player who has been inducted (
Dick Duff), though his playoff numbers aren’t any good.
Should he be in the Hall of Fame?
Listen to us talk about his case here:
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Anders Hedberg’s Hall of Fame case is very similar to that of his countryman’s,
Ulf Nilsson. Both came to North America at the same time. Both dominated the WHA and won Avo Cups. And then they left the Jets together for the Rangers, where they had some team success and less individual success. (And lots of injury problems.)
Are his WHA numbers enough?
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Of course Steve Yzerman belongs in the HOF. But what we really want to know is, how good was he? Where does he rank all time?
In our latest episode, we discuss just how good he was, and his remarkable transition from elite offensive player to Selke winner.
You can listen here:
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Aside from Marcel Dionne and Luke Robitaille, perhaps nobody is identified is identified with the pre-Gretzky Los Angeles Kings as King lifer Dave Taylor.
Despite never playing a full season, Taylor put up impressive numbers throughout his career, much of it spent on the first line of the kings.
But are his stats enough to get him in the Hall? We discuss his case in our latest episode:
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Who is the only eligible NHL player to be in the Top 10 in Goals Per Game but not in the Hall of Fame? Why it’s Tim Kerr, who is 10th All Time in GPG and, yes, not in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
How is it that one of the best goal scorers in the history of the NHL is no the the Hall of Fame? We talk about that, and Kerr’s overall case in general, in this episode.
Tim Kerr’s stats:
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In this episode, we ask where does Teemu Selanne rank among NHL Right Wings and among Finnish hockey players? You can listen here:
Here are Selanne’s stats:
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In this episode of
The Back Check, we debate whether or not Jaromir Jagr is one of the greatest Right Wings in the history of the NHL.
Listen to the show here:
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