In my opinion, Theoren Fleury will be recognize in the hall of very good hockey players, but he doesn't stand enough to get his name in the hall of fame. But it has been said many time: if Dick Duff can get in ...
I say yes, based on the two reasons that Cam Neely got in. (And it has nothing to do with the regular season statistical smoke that most of you think should be the difference for the HHOF). These are the two reasons for Theo's induction:
1) He's one of the defining players of his generation. Every scout for the next 20 years is going to be looking for the next Theo Fleury. Fleury is the standard by which every "small forward" is going to be judged. Fearless, relentless, tenacious, fast, highly skilled and a game-breaker offensively. That's all that you want in a forward who is five-foot-nine and under. That was Fleury. His impact on the game goes beyond the stats.
2) He was money in the bank in the playoffs. You play the regular season games for the right to play in the playoffs. You want your players to be at their best in the playoffs. And you want your legacy to be judged based on what you did in April, May, and since 1992, in June. Even when Calgary lost in the first round, Fleury was usually the best player on the ice. Fleury was the top scorer in the league in the playoffs when Calgary was eliminated in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Calgary failed in the playoffs in the mid 90s for a lot of reasons. Theo Fleury wasn't one of those reasons.
Will he get in? I hope so, in much the same way that I hoped Neely would get in. Does he belong? Absolutely. But Theo has a big strike that Neely didn't have: conduct. A lot of people aren't Theo fans, and it's not just because of what happened in New York and Chicago. It'll take some time for Theo to get in, if he ever does get in. And it'll be because he wasn't the most likeable guy, the finest example of a human being, to ever play the game.