Is it too early to start wondering who will be in the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2014?
Of course it is, but let's take a look at the first year eligible players next year:
As seemingly always, that is quite the first year class in 2014. Hasek and Forsberg have to be considered locks, though if you think about it Forsberg's career is eerily similar to Eric Lindros'. If Lindros keeps waiting, maybe Forsberg should wait, too? Mike Modano is another serious contender in year one.
Mark Recchi is also a serious contender, though I must admit I'm far from convinced he should be included.
Chris Osgood is an interesting case. His resume is pretty damn amazing, though he never really was recognized as one of the best players of his time. With the bar set very high for goaltenders (and appropriately so, I might add) Ozzie will likely never get in, but his championships and numbers are strong.