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12-13-2012, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
This discusson is heading in a pointless direction. Players like Alfredsson and Elias aren't any worse because there was a lockout. It's the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Compiling Points or even the Hall of Compiling Dominant Seasons. We've seen 1000 games of each; we know how good they were on the ice.
Ideally, I'd agree with you.

But it's also really obvious that the actual HHOF Committee loves their career benchmarks.

And given the fact that it's an open question as to when the HHOF committee finally realizes that hitting certain career benchmarks is largely dependent on era, I wouldn't be surprised if they don't take into account the effect of lockouts on a player's totals either.

There are certain "defining players" who get in without career totals, but I think that career totals have played a role in the inductions of a large number of forwards.

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