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:
- Dominik Hasek
- Peter Forsberg
- Mike Modano
- Mark Recchi
- Chris Osgood
- Doug Weight
- Brian Rafalski
- Owen Nolan
- Pavol Dimetra
- Sandis Ozolinsh
Mark Recchi is also a serious contender, though I must admit I'm far from convinced he should be included. He's ridden a lot of coat tails of true superstars.
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.
In addition to Lindros there are some interesting holdovers from previous years. Rob Blake, Jeremy Roenick and Dave Andreychuk.