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I NOW Consider Marian Hossa A Hall Of Famer

I am looking at active hockey players and deciding when I think they have reached the point that they should make the Hockey Hall of Fame regardless of what they do in the rest of their careers.  Today, I am arguing that Marian Hossa has reached that level.

Hossa's argument is made most strongly by his career numbers.  He has 1056 career points.  This is good for fourth all time among active players.  That places him 66th all time among all NHL players.  Very few players with that many points who are Hall of Fame eligible have not been inducted.  Those that have not been inducted all played in the late 1980s and early 1990s which were the highest scoring era in recent memory.  Today's players such as Hossa played in the "dead puck era" where scoring was far lower.  Adjusting Hossa's points to a higher scoring era, his numbers would be significantly higher on the all time list.  Hossa also lost a season and a half due to lockouts.  If he played without labor interruptions his totals would again be much higher.

In the playoffs Hossa has clearly established himself as the second highest scoring active player this season with 134 career playoff points so far.  His seven points so far in this year's playoffs have clearly moved him past the rest of the active field (except for Jaromir Jagr).  Hossa has a very good scoring record in the regular season and in the playoffs.

My problem with Hossa is that he was never in the argument to be the best player in the NHL or even in his position.  Hossa's best claim is making second team all star in 2008/09 while he was with Atlanta.  The problem is even in Atlanta he probably wasn't the best player on his team.  Ilya Kovalchuk was likely the better player.  Kovalchuk had the best seasons in Atlanta Thrasher history.  If Kovalchuk is not a Hall of Famer, how can Hossa be one?  That is what prompted me to take a second look at Kovalchuk yesterday.   I think Kovalchuk should also be a Hall of Famer.

Marian Hossa was a good player for a long time.  He has posted some very good offensive numbers.  His career point totals both in the regular season and the playoffs are climbing on the all time lists.  He is doing that despite playing in a low scoring era and having lost time due to lockouts.  Hossa is a good defensive player.  He isn't on the level to win a Selke Trophy, but he is well above average.  He has had playoff success with the Chicago Blackhawks after unsuccessful runs to the finals in Pittsburgh and Detroit.  That is why Marian Hossa is a Hall of Famer.

This gives us fifteen active players that I consider Hall of Famers.  They are:

Zdeno Chara
Sidney Crosby
Pavel Datsyuk
Sergei Gonchar
Marian Hossa
Jarome Iginla
Jaromir Jagr
Duncan Keith
Ilya Kovalchuk
Roberto Luongo
Evgeni Malkin
Alexander Ovechkin
Martin St Louis
Tim Thomas
Joe Thornton

As hockey continues to be played this year, it is possible that we haven't finished adding to this list this season.  There will possibly be some retirements this summer.  Tim Thomas is the most likely one as he has not played this season and has not announced retirement either.  Should he fail to try to be on a roster next season, I will consider him retired.

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