by PuckStopsHere on 11/08/08 at 10:45 AM ET
I like to try to pick the point in a player’s career where they establish themselves as a Hall of Famer. They have to have Hall of Fame credentials that will remain untarnished regardless of what happens or does not happen for the remainder of their career. Here are the standards I use to decide if a player is Hall of Fame worthy. Today I am ready to declare that Sergei Fedorov has reached that level.
Fedorov was the 1993/94 Hart Trophy winner and the 1993/94 and 1995/96 Selke Trophy winner. He was a big part of three Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup winning teams. However, the problem had been that he has only two seasons where he exceeded 90 points in his career. Therefore, he needed to have good career numbers to cement his Hall of Fame case. However, Fedorov has not been the top level player he once was for many years. In Columbus, at times he looked like he was hanging on in the downward spiral of his career and no longer a key contributor to his team. In Columbus he was scoring at slightly over 40 points per season, which made him a bit of a disappointment. In fact his value dropped to the point that he was traded straight up for US college defenceman Ted Ruth. In Washington, Fedorov’s career has been reborn. So far this season, he is second among Washington Capital forwards in ice time per game and is second in points on the team (although he has more games played than Alexander Ovechkin allowing him more points). It is entirely possible that Fedorov will not keep up his success, but it has lasted from the end of last season into the beginning of this season, which is significant. Most of all, it has allowed Fedorov to increase his career scoring totals. Fedorov now has 476 goals and 1155 points in his career. When coupled with a Hart Trophy that should be enough for Hall of Fame induction.
Along with Fedorov, these are the currently active players I believe are Hall of Famers:
Several of these players are not active yet in this season. Mats Sundin, Brendan Shanahan and Peter Forsberg are likely to sign contracts and play eventually this season. Chris Chelios has not played yet due to injury. Ed Belfour is probably very close to retirement. He played in Sweden last year and has not gone back. He has not yet officially announced retirement, but I would not be surprised if it is coming soon. Thus some of these players are likely very near retirement. As the season carries on, there will likely be further players added to this list.
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