Alex Mogilny had one of the best goal-scoring seasons in the history of the NHL and one other pretty dominant season. But the knock on him was his consistency, as he had very mediocre years in between his good years.
Mogilny is also notable for being one of the last USSR players to defect to the States, and having never played internationally for Russia once he did so.
In this episode, we discuss his convoluted case for induction:
Pavel Datsyuk was arguably the best two-way forward of his era, able to dominate other teams defensively without taking many penalties, while scoring enough to sometimes rank in the Top 10 in league scoring. He was the NHL’s first “Corsi God,” a player who drove possession so well that, once the NHL started tracking possession numbers, Datsyuk was simply the best player in the league by those metrics.
However, Datsyuk does not have the gaudy offensive numbers of other NHL Hall of Famers, and he was often played as the second best forward on his own team.
So where does Datsyuk rank all time? Listen to us talk about Pavel Datsyuk 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:
We doubt Sergei Gonchar is a name many would have considered for induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame. But he had a rather great career despite his lack of accodalades. In our latest episode, we debate whether or not he deserves to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Listen here:
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?