Scoring 500 goals or 1000 points used to mean almost guaranteed induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. However as greybeards of the current generation retire with inflated scoring totals due to longer careers, the old standards must be and are being questioned.
Take Dino Ciccarelli for example. Over 600 goals scored yet he continues to be overlooked by the powers that be.
With a maximum of 4 players inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame each year, there soon will be a likely logjam. Ciccarelli leads the vote for the already overlooked, a vote that also includes Glenn Anderson, Steve Larmer, Mike Richter, Andy Moog, Doug Gilmour, Claude Lemieux, Sergei Makarov, Mark Howe and Phil Housley. The coming seasons will see even bigger names gain eligibility: Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Scott Stevens, Al MacInnis, Pavel Bure, Igor Larionov, Adam Oates, Brett Hull, Steve Yzerman, Dave Andreychuk, and Luc Robitaille.
Sport's Illustrated.com's Brian Cazeneuve handicaps the Hall by taking a look the key NHL players who will become Hall of Fame eligible during the next three years, and assesses their chances for induction. He also looks over some of the names that have been passed over in recent years.
William Houston of the Globe and Mail weighs in with his support for Mark Howe.