Gilmour and Bure really stick out in my mind, I guess since there pretty recent. I thought for sure that Gilmour would get in first ballot. Since I'm only 22 I'll reserve judgement on Dick Duff since I never saw him play.
How come nobody`s mentioning Rick Middleton? I`d put him ahead of Anderson or Ciccarelli.
I like Rick Middleton too. The problem is he never won a Cup had only one post season all-star selection ('82) and had only really five or six really good seasons. Not even sure if he had a "great" season in his career. He had over 100 points twice so he could score we know that. I try to find a way to put him in there but I cant. The same way with Mark Howe I try to find a way but I cant.
That said Middleton was a better player than Ciccarelli or Andreychuk. He's on a short list of best players not in the Hall of Fame and there are worse players in there besides him but I still cant find a way to get him in there.
I didn't even notice that Bure is the only one on the list that was born in Europe, but that's how it worked out. I don't know who else born in Europe that's eligible for the Hall of Fame deserves consideration for the Hall based on his NHL career.
I think a lot of names mentioned are borderline at best but the few I think should be going in are Glenn Anderson (the playoff gamewinning goals alone gets him in), Pavel Bure (the best goal scorer and most exciting player during a decade when the game was being trapped to death), and possibly Doug Gilmour and Mark Howe. But the most over-looked player has to be Rogie Vachon. He was every bit the equal of 4 other goalies from the 70's that are already in (Ken Dryden, Gerry Cheevers, Tony Esposito, and Bernie Parent),and certainly saw a lot more rubber than them. He recorded over 50 shutouts and at the time of his retirement was 5th overall in wins, all this playing on mostly poor teams. In his early years he did get a couple of Cups and a Vezina, but he also possesses one of the great goalie displays of all-time when he back stopped the 1976 Canada Cup winners.
Vachon's mask is in the Hall of Fame. It's time he joined it.