This is a great thread. For me Sakic,shannahan, or bure
I would go Sakic though because of his consistency. He was a great player all around. Bure the Russian rocket was awesome and the most exciting player possible I ever saw play. A pure goal scoring speed demon. Him Lemieux and jagr made me a NHL follower forever
Shannahan had longevity and consistency
Cujo is so overatted
Lindros a waste of talent combine with injuries
I probably should have clarified that the 2nd gap was quite small, and the only reason I put Bure and Lindros a level down from the other 3 was due to secondary factors such as off-ice conduct and so on. Also when I made that list I was more envisioning "how I think the players will be perceived by the HOF committee", it wasn't intended to be purely my personal ranking of them.
Exhibit A as to how hockey doesn't matter on ESPN:
Last night an ESPN program was discussing how the Detroit Pistons needed a hero citing the heroes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and no mention of the Detroit Red Wings. All this despite the Red Wings probably being the most succesful team in Detroit right now.