Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin...this year's Hockey Hall of Fame class.
Sakic is the only one who clearly belongs. Bure is borderline. Oates and Sundin were good players with long careers, but they aren't on the same level as Sakic. Of course this really isn't surprising based on the inductions of the passed few years. It's turned into the Hall of Pretty Good hockey players.
Modano is the best/prolific American player to play the game so far.
Sundin is basically the same way.
Sakic deserves to be in 150%. Sundin and Oates are ahead of Bure, but Bure changed the game. Sundin was the forward version of Lidstrom. Consistent as hell, came out for 90% of his games each year, led the Leafs for a billion years (even though they didn't win a Cup), but maybe not as offensively prolific and important as Lidstrom has been...
I don't think that Modano should be in the hall. I think fewer Hall of Famers would be better. Restrict it to the players who were truly great.
Feel the exact opposite. Shouldn't be like the Baseball HOF IMO. All four inducted made an impact on the game of hockey, in one way or another. It's not like they're inducting someone like Morrow or Ott. Celebrate the game, don't put unbelievable restrictions around it.
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