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by Paul on 10/12/11 at 11:12 AM ET
Adrain Dater of the Denver Post responds to some emails,
I do not doubt for a second that Peter Forsberg will end up in the Hockey hall of fame. But do you think that, when he becomes eligible in 2014, he will be a first-ballot guy? What
with all the politics and weirdness of who gets in (Adam Oates out, Joe Nieuwendyk in?). And why do people say that Brendan Shanahan is a lock for next year? (There is only ONE lock in 2012!) Shanahan was very good, but never great and never won any trophies! Eric Lindros, in my book, was way better.
Joachim, I’ll disagree with you on Shanny-Lindros. Lindros was a great player, but for far too short a time. Just hurt way too often. Shanahan was always money for 30-50 goals, for a long time. He had one of the great one-timers in league history. He played a power game, yet could beat you with some skill and he was tough as they came.
As for Foppa, I doubt he gets in on the first ballot. He’s going to face some of the same criticisms as Lindros did - hurt too much, wasn’t great for a long enough period. But he’ll get in.
Don’t forget, international play matters in Hockey Hall of Fame selection. Foppa won two gold medals, along with two Stanley Cups. He’ll get in.
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