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05-22-2013, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by reckoning View Post
One could make an argument that a good comparable for Lundqvist at a different position would be Dale Hawerchuk's first 8 seasons. He was consistently good every year. Was recognized as the best centre (aside from Gretzky) one season, and for for most of the other years would be considered in the top 5 or top 10 centres. You could make an argument that he was the game's best centre (after Gretzky and Lemieux) in that cumulative 8 year span, but it certainly wouldn't be a sure thing as equally good or better arguments could be made for Trottier, Stastny, Savard, etc. And he never made it past the second round of the playoffs. He always played well and produced in the post-season, but one player can take a team only so far. And most of his legacy was made in those 8 years. He had about 5 more seasons where he was a point-a-game player, but no more top 10 finishes, all-star selections, or trips to the Stanley Cup Final.

I've never heard anyone claim that Dale Hawerchuk doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame.
I actually quite like this, though Hawerchuk had a head-start by beginning his NHL career at such a young age before declining in his early-30s. And if I'm a betting man, Lundqvist, who started at 23, is a HOFer unless he does the same. But I can't say I agree with the idea that he is the goalie with the best HOF resume since 2005 at this moment when Thomas is on the table as well.

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