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Will Bill Guerin Make It Into The Hockey Hall Of Fame?

from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

Bill Guerin accomplished quite a bit during his 18 seasons in the NHL. He the Stanley Cup twice with the New Jersey Devils (1995) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009), but he could be considered one of those players on the bubble for induction into the Hall of Fame.

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The former first-round pick (No. 5 overall) by the Devils in the 1989 draft played for eight different teams during his career, including New Jersey, Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders and Penguins. He posted 429 goals and 427 assists for 856 points in 1,263 games. Guerin recorded a career-high with 41 goals during the 2001-02 season with his hometown Bruins. He registered a career-high 69 points for the Stars in 2003-04. The talented right winger reached the 30-goal plateau three times. Even when his teams couldn’t finish the job, Guerin always did his. Case in point: During the 2001-02 season, the Bruins finished first in the Northeast Division and could have done some serious damage in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Unfortunately for Boston, the Montreal Canadiens won the quarterfinals series, 4-2. Guerin had four goals and two assists for six points in those six games for the Bruins. Guerin participated in seven major international events for Team USA, including three Winter Olympic Games in 1998, 2002 and 2006. He won silver in 2002. He also won a gold medal at the 1996 World Cup.


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mrfluffy's avatar

Just like with the retiring numbers or baseball HOF- If you have to think about it, the answer is no.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 07/16/15 at 11:16 AM ET


C’mon guys, there is no case for Guerin. He’s not even in the ballpark.

If we’re looking at players of Guerin’s generation, your HOF bubble guys are the likes of Tkachuk (who I think falls just short) and Roenick (who is basically the definition of the cut line for me). Plus you’ve inexplicably still got Lindros and Kariya on the outside—both of whom were legitimately among the best players in the game at their peak, and both of whom have more career points than Guerin despite playing drastically fewer games.

Guerin’s not even close to the bubble guys in the list, let alone Lindros or Kariya. EASY no.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 07/16/15 at 11:44 AM ET


I agree that he’s not a Hall of Famer.  As a scoring forward 856 points in over 1200 games isn’t overwhelming.  By the rule-of-thumb (top five at his position five or more seasons) I think he falls short—he was voted in the top five for end-of-year all-star teams only two times, and he was fifth among RW one, and that’s a debatable placement—you could argue that in 2000-2001 he wasn’t really better than Peter Bondra, Milan Hejduk, Brett Hull, Alex Mogilny, or Petr Sykora, who he finished ahead of.

He was a good player for a long time but only really elite in the 2000-2002 period.

Posted by captaineclectic on 07/16/15 at 11:47 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

I think we should wait until the guru of the matter NOW considers Bill Guerin a Hall of Famer.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 07/16/15 at 12:29 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

WFIB nails it.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 07/16/15 at 02:47 PM ET

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