(ISN) – One of the great discussions in sport centers around the Hall of Fame, and who is worthy of induction. In hockey, there’s been an ongoing argument ever since Bob Pulford was elected, despite mediocre numbers and 4 Stanley Cups. Thanks to our friend “Down Goes Brown”, Daniel Alfredsson is now the man under the microscope. Is he a true Hall of Famer?
444 goals and 1108 points in 1178 games. One Calder Trophy. One season of 90+ points. 80+ games played in a season just once. One Stanley Cup final. No championships. That’s the career of Daniel Alfredsson. He was a darn good player, but does he belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Absolutely not. Oh sure, he played nearly his entire career with the Ottawa Senators, and, as DGB points out, he was much loved by the media and the fans. But he’ll have to wait in line with several other candidates, and even then, his numbers don’t match up with other forwards. For example:
1) Dave Andreychuck. 640 NHL goals, good for 14th overall in NHL history. He had 1338 points, 28th best lifetime. He even won a Stanley Cup as captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Best power-play scorer ever. It’s a travesty that he’s not in.
2) Pierre Turgeon. 515 goals and 1327 points in 1297 games. A Lady Byng trophy. 5 seasons of 90 or more points. Underrated.
3) Jeremy Roenick. 513 goals and 1216 points in 1363 games. 3 seasons of 100+ points. 4 seasons of 40+ goals. Dangerous and dazzling.
4) Rod Brind’amour. 452 goals and 1184 points in 1484 games. One 90+ point season. 2 Selke Trophies. 1 Stanley Cup. Great faceoff man. 16 seasons of 78+ games played. Leader.
5) Steve Larmer. 441 goals and 1012 points in 1006 games. 5 seasons of 40+ goals. 3 seasons of 90+ points. Calder Trophy. Stanley Cup. 11 seasons of 80+ games played. Ironman.
6) Keith Tkaczuk. 538 goals and 1065 points in 1201 games. 17 seasons of 20+ goals. 50+ goals twice. Power forward personified.
7) Paul Kariya. 402 goals and 989 points in 989 games. 2 time Lady Byng winner. Only played parts of 15 seasons. 3 time first team All Star. Creative and smart.
8) Alexander Mogilny. 473 goals and 1032 points in 990 games. Lady Byng winner. Stanley Cup winner. 8 seasons of 30+ goals. Electrifying.
9) Theo Fleury. 455 goals 1088 points in 1084 games. Stanley Cup winner. 4 seasons of 90+ points. 8 seasons of 30+ goals (29 goals twice). Courageous.
10) Dave Taylor. 431 goals, 1069 points in 1111 games, all with LA Kings. 5 seasons of 90+ points. Drafted 210th overall. King Clancy and Bill Masterton Award winner. A leader.
And if you add the names Teemu Selanne and Martin Brodeur as likely being eligible for induction the same year that Alfie becomes available, you can see how he’s going to be “on the bubble” when it comes to being a Hall of Famer. Chris Pronger’s name might come up around that time as well.
Daniel Alfredsson was a very, very good player for a lot of years. He was, in fact, excellent. But, in my opinion, he never dominated, never led his team to a championship and never reached a level of play that elevates him to Hall of Fame status. Others are more worthy.
For more on Alfie. Read Sean McIndoe, a.k.a. “Down Goes Brown”. http://grantland.com/the-triangle/daniel-alfredsson-hall-of-fame-candidacy/