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2007 had Messier, Stevens, MacInnis and Francis. That might be the closest. Messier is more or less where Jagr is but I don't think the 2nd best in that group (MacInnis?) is at Brodeur's level. Stevens is close to Pronger but Francis is a notch below Selanne. Wow! What a draft class. 2009 was pretty good too. Yzerman, Leetch, Hull, Robitaille. Actually.............Leetch is rather close to Pronger. Hull is at least with Selanne. Yzerman is a notch below Jagr though and Robitaille is definitely below Brodeur.

It could be a great class. I hope it isn't because they all have some hockey left in them and I'd hate to know that Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman are the reason we never saw these guys again.

As for all-time best induction class? It has to be 1972:

Howe
Beliveau
Geoffrion
Hap Holmes
Hooley Smith

Honestly, does it get much better than that?

Well...........1961 is my pick as the best but it's a bit of a technicality. You've got far more than the normal 4 that got inducted simply because there was a backlog to induct past players. Just look at those names though.

So with the new rules and the maximum picks, I'd still say 1972

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