Teem Selanne is a lock. The Finnish Flash is one of the most prolific goal scorers in NHL history and is an absolute lock to be named as one of the four potential inductees for this year’s Hockey Hall of Fame class. His 684 goals and 1457 points in 1451 games put him head-and-shoulders above anyone else in this year's class, making his selection a no-brainer. But, who will share the distinction with Selanne? Let’s take a look at some eligible players.
Daniel AlfredssonWhat Selanne was to the Ducks, Alfredsson was to the Senators. The man they call Alfie produced 444 goals and 1157 points in 1246 games. He won the 1996 Calder Memorial Trophy, a gold medal with Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics and is a six time NHL All-Star.
The NHL’s all-time leader in power-play goals (274) has been eligible for induction for nearly a decade. Does he finally get in in 2017? The Stanley Cup champion certainly has the numbers with 640 goals and 1338 points in 1639 games.
The pint-sized Fleury would be an absolute revelation in today’s game. At just 5’6” and 180 lbs, Fleury was the smallest player in the NHL during his playing days, but don’t think that meant he got pushed around. His unique playing style made him one of the most deadly offensive weapons of the 1990s. He finished his career with a Stanley Cup championship, an Olympic gold medal and 455 goals and 1088 points in 1084 games.
The man they call CuJo is a veteran of 943 games and has the fourth most wins in NHL history (454). He’s a three time NHL All-Star and an Olympic gold medalist. All three of the goalies ahead of him in terms of wins are in the Hall. Is he next?
Two-time Lady Byng Trophy winner Paul Kariya played 989 career games across 15 seasons, producing 402 goals and 989 points. He’s a seven time NHL All-Star and an Olympic gold medalist.
The Stanley Cup champion is second all-time in NHL points amongst Russian-born players. His defection from the former USSR was also instrumental in opening up the Iron Curtain between the NHL and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation. His 473 goals and 1032 point sin 990 games aren’t too shabby either.
An interesting case given that he only played 9 seasons in the NHL. His 212 wins in 426 games aren’t particularly impressive but his two Vezina Trophies are along with his Jennings Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy and, of course, a Stanley Cup championship.
There are some other potentially interesting names on the ballot including Recchi, Roenick, Osgood and Koivu. Only four players can be inducted a year, so who gets in this year? It seems that after Selanne the choices aren't exactly obvious.