by Patrick Hoffman on 01/29/11 at 04:37 PM ET
You can either click here to go to RLD to read my take or you can continue below to see why I think “Ozzy” should go in the Hall of Fame when all is said and done:
Osgood is a lock
By Patrick Hoffman
Over the course of his long NHL career, many things have been said about Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood:
- He allows soft goals at the wrong times
- If he wasn’t a goaltender with the Red Wings, his career numbers would not be as good
- He’s the product of a terrific system in Detroit
The list could go on and on but when all is said and done, all Osgood does is win and win big. Sure, the team in front of him does a great job of putting the puck in the net and getting back defensively but at the end of the day, Osgood is the last line of defense and more often than not, he’s ended up on the winning side by providing the goaltending that is needed to win hockey games whether it is in the regular season or Stanley Cup Playoffs.
His career numbers certainly say a lot about the type of goaltender Osgood is:
- 401 career wins
- 2.49 goals against average
- .905 save percentage
- 50 shutouts
- Two Stanley Cups as the starter for the Detroit Red Wings (1998 and 2008)
- Scored a goal against the Hartford Whalers back in 1996
- A couple of NHL All-Star game appearances
He’s got more than a terrific resume and yet, because of soft goals he has allowed in the past and the team he plays for, he never gets the credit he deserves.
If I had a vote in the Hockey Hall of Fame election process, Osgood would be on my ballot. What about you?
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