Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017: Who gets in? – Yahoo Sports

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Chris Osgood

Jeremy Roenick

Does Rogie Vachon open the door wider for Chris Osgood?

Dan Rosen of NHL.com thinks so:

Osgood compares favorably to Vachon despite playing in different eras. Osgood won 401 games and the Stanley Cup three times, including twice as the starter. Vachon won 355 games and the Cup three times, once as a starter. Osgood had 50 shutouts; Vachon had 51. Osgood is 11th all-time in wins despite being 20th in appearances (744). Vachon is 19th in wins and 16th in appearances (795). Osgood had a 2.49 goals-against average; Vachon had a 2.99 GAA.

Osgood has a postseason GAA of 2.09 and a postseason save percentage of .916. In the regular season, he won two Jennings Trophies and led the NHL in wins in 1995-96, and is 10th all time in that category. Still a chance he gets in on the coattails of those great Detroit Red Wings teams, but it’s rare to see a goalie get in on those coattails. (For the record, I think he gets in.)

Do Bure and Lindros pave the way for Roenick?

He was one of the single most popular players in the NHL during his era, and perhaps of all time. But he never won an individual award in the NHL nor did he win the Stanley Cup. He won Olympic silver with the U.S. in 2002. Statistically, Roenick has 513 career goals (38th overall) and a 0.892 points per game average, placing him right with Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk.

Again, he’s on the cusp. Wins on Fame, falls short on performance. But the Fame facet is considerable.

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Curtis Joseph

Alexander Mogilny

Sergei Zubov

CuJo is fourth in career wins (454) and second in career losses (352). His numbers are comparable to those of Hall of Famer Ed Belfour, but he lacks his accomplishments. (Mainly a Stanley Cup.) Please keep in mind that the Hall of Fame is in Toronto, and so is Joseph’s legacy. Also keep in mind that another goalie, Martin Brodeur, is on the ballot in 2018.

We’ll move Mogilny up a little on the odds board because Sergei Makarov’s induction shows there’s been a reexamination of Russian players. Mogilny is important for being the first one to defect. His goal total (473) puts him in some impressive company, and his points-per-game (1.042) is actually higher than Selanne’s.

Zubov has some strong champions in the media who see him as an underrated legend who had the misfortune of playing in Nicklas Lidstrom’s shadow. Some of that support is analytic, which is interesting.

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Tom Barrasso

Brian Bellows

Rod Brind’Amour

Peter Bondra

Ron Hextall

Dale Hunter

Saku Koivu (First Year)

Steve Larmer

Rick Middleton

Markus Naslund

Bernie Nicholls

Owen Nolan

Keith Tkachuk

Doug Weight

Ray Whitney (First Year)

Doug Wilson

Alexander Yakushev

Legendary players that all have something going for them but don’t have the total package. But we’d cry happy tears if Saku got in, obviously.

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Jason Arnott

Vincent Damphousse

Pavol Demitra

Theo Fleury

Adam Foote

Bill Guerin

Roman Hamrlik

Milan Hejduk

Tomas Kaberle (First Year)

Miikka Kiprusoff

Olaf Kolzig

John LeClair

Claude Lemieux

Teppo Numminen

Sandis Ozolinsh

Zigmund Palffy

Brian Rafalski

Mike Richter

Gary Roberts

Brian Rolston

Mathieu Schneider

Ryan Smyth (First Year)

Petr Sykora

Jose Theodore

Tim Thomas (First Year)

Marty Turco

Pierre Turgeon

Pat Verbeek

Mike Vernon

Alexei Yashin

Players with numbers that are right on the cusp of being Hall worthy but just can’t match up with their peers. Tim Thomas, for what it’s worth, should probably have better odds but we imagine his candidacy remains a bit toxic given how things ended with Boston. Well, that and he was a product of a darn good defense, too.

Best guess for the Hockey Hall of Fame, Class of 2017? Selanne, Recchi and Lowe.

Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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