I've been a huge fan of this guy ever since the 2010 olympics. He's now the captain of two cup winning teams and he's only 25 years old. I wouldn't be suprised if he wins one or two more either.
So is he a lock for the HOF?
Also, how elite company is that (captaining two cup winning teams by age 25)? How many others, if any, have done that?
If he gets hit by a bus tomorrow, I don't think he's in. If he follows a normal career progression, he should be in pretty easily. If all players follow normal career progressions, I can see all of Kane, Toews, Keith, and Hossa ending up as HHOFers (Hossa is already in I think).
Worst player to captain two teams to the Cup is probably Doug Young, who captained the 1936 and 1937 Red Wings, though he didn't play in the 1937 playoffs due to injuries.
Conn Smythe, Selke and 2 Cups is a nice looking resume at 25. He'd have to drop off completely to miss out, IMO. Just keep on keepin' on and he'll probably make it, not counting whatever he adds in the future.
Triple gold club and best forward at the Olympics is pretty huge also.
It's hard to see him not going in someday, but not a lock as of today.
Not to be morbid, but I do think he would get in even today if he was tragically lost. However if he suffers a career ending injury, hard to say what they would make of Captain Serious on just this amount of a resume.
Since I think he will have a strong rest of his career and he has all the makings of a hall of famer, I want to say yes.
If he keeps this up he will be. Dominant defensively and very nearly point per game. Olympics MVP. Second player after Gretzky to captain a team to two Cups before the age of 25. He'll win at least one more Selke and will probably win a Hart/Lindsay at some point. Has also won a Conn Smythe already. Could definitely win more Stanley Cups too.
I don't see what being the captain of a stanley cup winning team has to do with being a hall of famer
This is just a guess, but I am thinking more Captains of Stanley Cup winners are in the HHOF than not.
On the surface it seems like it shouldn't, but you are usually a huge talent to Captain the team that wins the Cup. Toews certainly fits more with the historical group of guys that won as a Captain and made the HHOF. Especially the guys that started as young Captains.
Brind'Amour, Hatcher, Carbonneau and Anderychuk (who has an interesting case for being in) are the only guys I can think of in the last three decades that aren't in.