by PuckStopsHere on 05/18/09 at 01:32 AM ET
Since the Hall of Fame inductees for the year are announced quickly following the Stanley Cup playoffs, I like to discuss the probable inductees at some point during the playoffs. Today is as good a day as any.
There are five players who are first time Hall of Fame eligible who I think should one day be inducted. In order of the strength of their Hall of Fame credentials they are: Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch, Luc Robitaille and Dave Andreychuk. Since a maximum of four players can be inducted in any given season, it is clear that at least one of those five will get overlooked this year. Dave Andreychuk is the likely candidate.
Are there any other candidates who are more worthy of induction than the remaining four first year candidates? An argument can be made that Doug Gilmour is a better candidate than Luc Robitaille, but it isn’t a particularly strong argument in either direction.
My guess is that the Hall of Fame will open its door to the maximum four players this year. All four will be first year candidates in Yzerman, Hull, Leetch and Robitaille. That is what I would be pushing for if I was a member of the Hall of Fame Committee.
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