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Is Marian Hossa A Future Hall Of Famer?

from Scott Powers of ESPN,

The Case For

On the one hand, Hossa's offensive numbers are almost good enough to get him in. He's produced 486 goals and 570 assists for 1,056 points in 1,172 career regular-season games. He's had 13 seasons of 25-plus goals. In the playoffs, he’s had another 144 points in 194 career games. But Hossa is much more than just an offensive player. What makes him special is his defensive game. He’s one of the game’s premier two-ways forwards and is especially respected for his backchecking ability. He’s been in the top 10 in takeways six times since the 2005-06 season and was 11th this past season. On top of that, he’s a winner. He’s won three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks.

The Case Against

One of the arguments against Hossa is he's deemed a good player, but not exactly a great one. He’s been in the discussion for awards, especially the Selke, but he has never won one.

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nEgativezEro's avatar

Without a doubt. It may not be a first-ballot entry, but there’s no way he doesn’t make it in. He’s been a consistently productive offensive force in the league, and is still effective well beyond what people would expect at his current age. For a guy who goes hard to the corners, he’s been remarkably durable.

By the time he retires, his numbers and Stanley Cups won should be plenty enough for election.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 09/03/15 at 09:40 AM ET

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Absolutely.  No question.

Posted by Garth on 09/03/15 at 09:47 AM ET

thethirdcoast's avatar

How is this even a question?

The guy’s been about a 0.9 PPG player his entire career and is regularly noted for his conditioning, durability, and defensive acumen. Of late he’s also been cited as an exemplary veteran presence in the Chicago locker room. He has 3 SCs to boot.

Why is ESPN even wasting our time with this non-question?

Posted by thethirdcoast from Rochester, NY on 09/03/15 at 11:35 AM ET

pautna's avatar

Shoo-in.

Posted by pautna on 09/03/15 at 12:28 PM ET

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I my book, he is a hall of famer. Anybody who has watched him play on a regular basis (and I saw a ton in Atlanta) knows just how good of an all around player he is. He is perhaps the NHL’s most underrated player during his career.

He is remarkably consistent. 25-30 goals a season for almost his entire career. A guy who uses all his strength in the corner and isn’t afraid to go to the front of the net. He can kill penalties and act as a great role model for younger players.

There are a small percentage of people who dislike the way he handled his options pending free agency but he never hid his agenda. He just wanted to see what was available to him once he had his opportunity on the open market.

Lets not forget that Hossa’s career isn’t done yet. I really haven’t seen much of a dropoff in his game and he’ll certain reach 500 goals this season and has an outside chance of reaching 600 before he is done. That’s a huge accomplishment for a player many may not see as a marquee player.

If the hall of fame is for players who had remarkable careers, played with class on the ice and handle themselves as professionals off the ice, Hossa belongs in that club.

Posted by evileye on 09/03/15 at 02:59 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

I agree with the above, and I think he’s first ballot. The only reason he was never considered a “great” player in any season was almost pure chance. Every year he’s been in the league you can find one or two players that had better individual seasons, but nobody has had the same level of consistency and all-around play from the forward position as Hossa over the same period of time.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 09/03/15 at 03:15 PM ET

Primis's avatar

He probably should, I think realistically he needs to grind out some more longevity to pile up some more numbers though to do it.

Posted by Primis on 09/03/15 at 10:00 PM ET

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