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12-01-2012, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Yzerman probably gets in.

Selanne might, but I'm leaning no. As of 2004, he was basically a less-hyped version of Kariya, right?

Pronger is tough because of the Hart, but probably not.

Niedermayer, Murphy, and Francis are very unlikely.
I'd say Yzerman and Francis would have been locks. As Dissonance said Francis maybe waits a bit but that was after his two Cups, his Selke and 2nd in Selke voting, and he already had established huge offensive totals.

Actually looking at it, Joey Mullen and Denis Savard were inducted that year (2000). Francis gets in first ballot. He already had more points then Mullen had in his entire career by the end of the 95-96 season.

Murphy's a bit trickier as Detroit really helped his legacy. But still, #1 dman on two cup winning teams, and one of the top offensive dmen in the league even if it was a particularly strong era for dmen. He'd get in eventually.

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