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Forsberg And The HHOF

Adrain Dater of the Denver Post responds to some emails,

I do not doubt for a second that Peter Forsberg will end up in the Hockey hall of fame. But do you think that, when he becomes eligible in 2014, he will be a first-ballot guy? What
with all the politics and weirdness of who gets in (Adam Oates out, Joe Nieuwendyk in?). And why do people say that Brendan Shanahan is a lock for next year? (There is only ONE lock in 2012!) Shanahan was very good, but never great and never won any trophies! Eric Lindros, in my book, was way better.

Joachim, I’ll disagree with you on Shanny-Lindros. Lindros was a great player, but for far too short a time. Just hurt way too often. Shanahan was always money for 30-50 goals, for a long time. He had one of the great one-timers in league history. He played a power game, yet could beat you with some skill and he was tough as they came.

As for Foppa, I doubt he gets in on the first ballot. He’s going to face some of the same criticisms as Lindros did - hurt too much, wasn’t great for a long enough period. But he’ll get in.

Don’t forget, international play matters in Hockey Hall of Fame selection. Foppa won two gold medals, along with two Stanley Cups. He’ll get in.

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Nathan's avatar

That reader is a little crazy… Lindros over Shanny? Shanny wasn’t “great”? Seriously?

It is true that Shanny was never the “greatest” at any one thing during his career—Brett Hull had a better shot from around the circles, there were always a couple guys that were more natural goal scorers, and he was never the absolute toughest guy in the game. But what made him great was that he was well above average at everything, and when it came to a few very important things—scoring, leadership, physicality—he was right near the top. During his career, they only player that really matched his unique blend of skills was Cam Neely.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/12/11 at 10:22 AM ET


Forsberg will be the object of a lot of controversy regarding his entry in the HHOF. The same way Lindros was so flaky, Forsberg had his moments. Great player with tons of talent, not so useful on the IR.

Posted by Bob on 10/12/11 at 10:23 AM ET

Steve Strowbridge's avatar

Nathan, I totally agree. I think Eric Staal is a good modern comparison.

Posted by Steve Strowbridge from St. John's, NL, CA on 10/12/11 at 11:14 AM ET

shanetx's avatar

Forsberg is a sure fire, first ballot guy.  He was the top forward on two world champions, two goldmedal teams and at worst he was 1b for two cup winners.  In the two gold medal games he scored the cup clincher in a shootout with a move that is probably still THE iconic moment for a great era of Swedish hockey, and in the other gold medal game he had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 win. 

Furthermore, he has a Hart, an Art Ross and a Calder trophy.

Easy first ballot.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 10/12/11 at 12:12 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

But he is a Swede.  wink

Posted by duhduhduh on 10/12/11 at 12:46 PM ET


Easy first ballot.

No question.

Posted by Garth on 10/12/11 at 03:30 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Don’t forget, international play matters in Hockey Hall of Fame selection. Foppa won two gold medals…

Along with the greatest individual performance ever at the ‘93 WJC as a 19 year old.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 10/12/11 at 08:01 PM ET

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