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05-05-2005, 08:46 PM
God Bless Canada
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To reiterate:

*Andreychuk was never an elite LW (a position with less depth), never put up eye-catching numbers, and his greatest claim to fame - goals record on the PP - is not a stat that separates HHOFers from also-rans. He stats are more a reflection of longevity than ever being an elite player. He's in a similar situation to Ciccarelli, who is perpetually passed over. If Andreychuk gets in (which he shouldn't), it will take a few years, but it will be because our last memories of him were so good, and his leadership turned around an also-ran franchise.
*Ron Francis is one of the great two-way players in league history. Always put up strong numbers (three 100-point seasons, scored at a 90-point clip nine other times), consistent, dominant passer, dominant checker, dominant on the face-off circle. Scored at almost a point-per-game at age 40 in a defensive era, with mediocre talent and a defensive-minded system. First-ballot gimmie.
*Mike Gartner is in the Hall because he did something that nobody has ever done before, and may never do again. He scored at least 30 goals in his first 15 years, and in 17 of his first 18. (The only season he didn't was the lockout year). In 14 of those years, he was over 35, and he hit 40 nine times. It's not like there's a glut of guys with 13-15 30 goal seasons waiting to get in.
*Mullen's in because he was the all-time leader for Americans in most stat categories. Federko's in because he put up big numbers, despite playing with lesser talent. LaFontaine is in because at his peak, he was one of the true greats. It's just injuries/inferior talent on Long Island limited his prime. Gillies is in because he won four Cups, playing a power forward role.

Prove me wrong.

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