Hockey Hall of Fame 2014?
The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee meets on Monday to decide the honoured class of 2014.
Let's take a look at the first year eligible players:
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. I don't think he ever really the top player in his position, and often wasn't the top player on his own team.
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.
There is a lengthy list of holdovers who will also garner consideration, led strongly by Rob Blake who was overlooked in 2013. Others include the aforementioned Lindros, Dave Andreychuk, Theo Fleury, Paul Kariya, Phil Housley, John Leclair, Jeremy Roenick, Alexander Mogilny, Markus Naslund and my favorite, Sergei Makarov.
A maximum of four skaters can be inducted in any given year, so you can see the HHOF Selection Committee has some tough choices again this year. If I had a say I would put my voting support behind Hasek, Forsberg, Lindros and Modano.
Also I hope to see another female player inducted. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe Angela Ruggeiro is eligible this year. If so, she's an obvious shoo-in.