He won a single cup and for the playoff run if memory serves me correct he was more of a passenger than he was a leader. He has put up nice statistics but really you take away his one monster year and what are you left with - a really talented player who wasn't able to do much with his skills a 30-40 goal scorer who was known to take shifts off.
Over a point per game in the regular season a total which dropped by half during the playoffs. I always expect a slight drop as the games get tighter but in the case of Mogilny it is a huge drop - especially when it comes to goals scored where in the regular season over his career he has chugged along at a very respectable 0.48 goals per game. In the playoffs however that number drops to 0.31 goals per game - a drop of almost half once again. For an elite goalscorer 39 goals in 124 playoff games just isn't good enough for the hall.
Just being on a team doesn't make them a winner on the team. Mogilny is as guilty of this as is anyone - first playoffs with Jersey Mogilny scores 7 points in 23 games. Second with Jersey - 16 points in 25 games. In Toronto 11 points in 20 games. 34 points in 68 games? And you call that a winner for someone whose main strength is offense?
Moginly shouldn't be close to making the HHOF. He had great talent but he didn't have the motivation or the heart. His play in the playoffs isn't that great. Furthermore, he never got remotely close to winning a Hart trophy.
I've been a huge fan of Mogilny, and wouldn't be upset if he were inducted.
But realistically, he doesn't have a robust enough portfolio of accomplishments (either statistically, in terms of awards, or in terms of more subjective intangibles) to make it. Of the "big 3" early 90's troika of Fedorov, Bure, Mogilny, I'd say Mogilny is easily the least likely and least deserving.
Feds is a shoe-in, Bure is deserving but on the bubble, Mogo...I don't think he quite measures up.
Alexander Mogilny is one of the most phenomenally talented players to ever play the game. He had world class skating, stickhandling, shooting and playmaking skills. He could have been a perennial 50-60-goal threat.
Which is what makes him such a colossal disappointment. He had two seasons in which he played to potential: 1992-93, when Pat LaFontaine brought the best out of him; and 1995-96, when he scored 50 goals in about 60 games, looked to be a lock to break Bure's team scoring record, and then disappeared down the stretch. He had more seasons that would be classified as disappointments than seasons in which he met his potential.
He won a Cup, but he was not a key player on that New Jersey team by any stretch of the imagination. In the 2001 playoffs, he had a terrific start in the post-season, but then went through a massive offensive power failure and didn't score a goal for a month.
But here's the clincher argument. I remember in the 1999 draft, one scout said of Pavel Brendl: "He's Alexander Mogilny. And that's not meant as a compliment." When comparisons to a player (who should be in his prime) aren't meant as a compliment, it tells you every reason why he doesn't belong in the HHOF.
Mogilny had a bad knack for playing well in his "contract" years. And ignoring other years. He's not that much better than Yashin to be honest and no one on the face ofthe earth would ever put Yashin near the HHOF.
Mogilny was a 2nd team all-star twice, and althoguh that's good a guy like John Tonelli had the smae all-stars and won 4 Cups yet never made it.
Dick Duff shouldnt be in there so Mogilny was a better player meaning it wouldnt surprise me either way