Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/27/12 at 01:26 PM ET
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
I always suspected Mats Sundin would be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, but not on the first ballot.
With all due respect to the big Swede, I always felt there was enough ammunition for not voting him into the Hall that, at the very least, he would have to wait a few more years before being enshrined.
No Stanley Cup. No trips to the Stanley Cup final. No major league awards. He finished in the top 10 in NHL scoring just once. He was never a first team all-star.
Despite an otherwise great career, there just seemed to be too many reasons to force Sundin to wait longer than the required minimum of four years a player needs to be retired to be eligible for the Hall of Fame. And I certainly didn’t see him getting in ahead of Brendan Shanahan who won three Stanley Cups and was one of the games most feared combinations of goals and grit.
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