by Patrick Hoffman on 07/22/11 at 09:00 AM ET
This is a question that is going to be asked by both the hockey media and hockey fans for the next four years so you better get used to it.
With that said, it is a question that is definitely worth pondering because when looking at Osgood’s numbers as a goaltender, they are pretty darn impressive both in the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
- 401 wins
- 50 shutouts
- 2.49 goals against average
- .905 save percentage
Stanley Cup Playoffs
- 3 Stanley Cups; two as a starter (1998, 2008) and one as a backup (1997)
- 74 wins
- 2.09 goals against average
- .915 save percentage
- 15 shutouts
Based purely on the statistics, I believe that Osgood could get into hockey’s hallowed hall. Sure, he played on one of the league’s best franchises but he was much more than just a follower on an outstanding hockey club.
Osgood was someone who could make a big save when needed to. Just look at his performances in both the 1998 and 2008 playoffs. He was there for his team time and time again and could have arguably won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the league’s best player in the postseason after winning the Cup over the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008. “Ozzy” was that good.
Osgood was also someone who could bounce back from a bad goal or game only to turn it around. There were a few games in the 1998 playoffs where he allowed terrible goals but he would respond in the next game with a terrific performance to lead his club to victory.
“Ozzy” is someone who dedicated his life to hockey and the teams he played for. He was wel liked by his teammates and was someone who didn’t appear to complain about his role whether it was as a starter or as a backup. He simply went out and played.
I know that there are plenty of naysayers out there but when all is said and done, I believe that Osgood will get inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
I know that many of you will probably disagree with me but I just figured I would put my opinion out there.
What do you folks think?
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