Ron Francis undoubtedly belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Skaters who played as long as he did and were as consistently good as he was always get in.
But the real question is, how good was he? He was never really a top offensive star and his best years came as the second line centre on a team with two of the best forwards in history (and one of the two candidates for best centre ever).
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.
Mickey MacKay was one of the PCHA’s great hockey players. When the PCHA merged with the WCHL, he was a star in the WCHL as well. With his mediocre NHL numbers, does he belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
We talk about MacKay’s case for the Hall of Fame on our latest episode. Listen here:
Sergei Zubov was one of the best defencemen in the NHL for nearly two decades yet he is not in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Why is that? Is it because he’s Russian? Is it because he played most of his career in Dallas and wasn’t watched enough? In this episode, we marvel at how Zubov is not in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Listen here:
Marian Hossa combined long-term offensive productivity with defensive dominance on the wing, does he belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? He has the career numbers given when he played but he never dominated offensively and he was never awarded the Selke. Listen to us discuss Hossa’s case here: