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Very Early Picks for the 2022 Hockey Celebrity Class

Very Early Picks for the 2022 Hockey Celebrity Class

The Hockey Hall of Fame welcomed its newest class Monday night in Toronto, which means it’s time to start speculating about next year’s immortals.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no 2021 class for the hall. That means players like Henrik and Daniel Sedin move to the 2022 class for consideration, which certainly complicates matters for next year’s eligibility rookies and the 18-person selection panel.

Here is our current standings for players who qualify for the 2022 Class. Keep in mind that for players, a class can have no more than four winners and two women:

1 – Caroline Owlette, striker (first year)

The only absolute lock for the 2022 Hockey Hall of Fame. The striker is one of only five athletes to win a gold medal in four consecutive Winter Olympics, helping Canadian women top the podium in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, along with Olympic silver in 1998 She won six gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championships. Ouellette has averaged 2.36 points per game in 97 games with the University of Minnesota Duluth.

She also won the 2009 Clarkson Cup with the Montreal Stars, becoming only one of three players to win the trophy, Olympic gold and world gold. The other two are Hayley Wickenheiser and Jayna Heifford. Guess where they are currently stacked.

The takeaway here was to get Sedins tied for second overall. but It is a proven fact that Henrik is Sedin the best. He had more points (1070) even though they had the same points-per-game rate (0.80). He was the best defensive player of the two. Crucially, he won the 2009-10 Hart Trophy as the league’s Most Valuable Player for posting a 112-point season when Daniel Seden He was limited to 63 matches due to injury.

Henrik finished third in scoring among the centers during his 17-year career in the NHL, only behind him Joe Thornton And Sidney Crosby, two Hall of Fame locksmiths if they qualify today. The funniest outcome for next year’s Hall of Fame class will be for former Canucks manager Brian Burke to nominate Henrik Sedin, while no one else Daniel Sedin has been nominated, and only one twin will participate in the first ballot. But this is unlikely to happen because…

3. Daniel SedenRight wing (first year)

…if Henrik Sedin is a Hall of Famer, Daniel Sedin probably is. The winger scored 1,041 points in 1,306 matches. He’s been a top scorer in this superb tandem, although his 393 goals have only ranked him fourth among the left wingers during his career – in fact, he’s fallen behind his fellow first-time qualifying player. Rick Nash in that category. Daniel won the scoring title in 2010-11 with 104 points and captured Pearson as the NHLPA Player of the Year, but finished second in the MVP vote for Corey Berry.

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Sedins were an exciting novelty as the duo – not only in the history of hockey, but in the history of professional sports – should be enshrined together. Heck, they should be on the same board, although Henrik Sedin once told us that “we had [ones], certainly.”

4. Alex MogilnyRight wing (thirteenth year)

Momentum continues to build behind Mogilny’s candidacy as he has been on the ballot for far longer than his impressive career should have warranted.

He is 54th of all-time in goalscorers (473), 53rd in average goalscorers, and 36th in goals per game (0.478). He had an average of 1.04 points—a good 42nd all-time—played most of his career in the defensive trap era. a Triple Gold Club A member, Mogilny was an important part of hockey history as the first Soviet defection from the NHL.

Luongo has Hall of Fame numbers: 1,044 matches, second in all-time; 489 wins, which is good for a fourth each time, having played in teams significantly less successful than Martin Broder (691), Patrick Roy (551) and Marc-Andre Fleury (495) in front of him; and .919 percent savings jobs and 77 closes, both of which are the ninth best time ever. He supported Canada for Olympic gold in 2010, and was a member of two IIHF World Championship teams.

The only thing he does not have is the Vezina Cup, where he reached the final three times. His closest win was 2006-07, when he finished second after Brodeur (and second in MVP honors to Sidney Crosby). A well-liked star player and potentially a great Canucks-centric complement to the Seidins in this category. But only six guards have entered the hall since 2003; Is Longo the first to vote?

Unfortunately, Gonchar does not exist Niklas Liedstrom. Detroit Red Wings Hall of Famer – considered one of the best defenders in hockey history – is the only defender to have scored (236) and points (985) more than Gonchar (220 goals, 811 points) from 1994-95 to 2014-2015, which was a period The career of the Russian defender.

Gonchar is ranked 17th ever in career points by a man of defense, and all the names in front of him are in the hall except Gary Sutter (fourteenth). He won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009 and finished in the top five for the Norris Cup four times.

The former Senators captain may be part of a Swedish conquest with Sedins in 2022, or he could continue to get much closer to being in “The Hall of Very Good” instead. His 444 goals are 64 all-time goals and his 1,157 points are 54. He won the Calder Cup in 1995-96 and won the Olympic gold with Sedins in 2006, as well as the silver in 2014. But he has not won any other individual award or the Stanley Cup.

Jaromi Iginla He was honored for being an outstanding player and a better ambassador for the game. Alfredson fits this description, too.

8. Jennifer Pottrell, striker (8th year)

Botterill helped Team Canada win Olympic gold in 2002, 2006 and 2010 and win five IIHF World Championships, being the MVP of that tournament twice. But it is her dominance in the NCAA that sets her apart. Playing for Harvard, she collected 319 points in 113 games, and scored at least one point in all but one of her college games. She was the first player to win the Patti Cassmayer Award twice as the best female college hockey player of the American College of Women. Potrell also earned 155 points in 78 CWHL games.

She’s a player that could really exist, and her profile has only grown due to her work in the Canadian media. But the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee consecrated only two women players in the same year at once: Cammy Granato and Angela James, in the 2010 category.

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Tkachuk scored 538 goals (32nd place all time) and 1,065 points in 1,201 games during his 18-season career. He led the league in scoring goals once (1996-1997) but he was a model for consistency. Unfortunately for Tkachuk, it was a solid but unsurprising career, and he never won an individual award or the Stanley Cup—despite winning gold at the 1996 World Cup and Olympic silver in 2002.

But here’s the thing: Every player in front of him on the goal list eligible for a Hall of Fame is, in fact, a Hall of Famer. Theory: success Matthew And Brady Tkachuk They helped keep their father on the radar of immortality.

Zetterberg finished his career with 960 points in 1,082 matches, including 337 goals. A big lead in two directions, he never won the Selke Cup and was nominated only once. He also finished second with Calder in 2002-03. His greatest single achievement was winning Conn Smythe’s 2008 Stanley Cup Red Wings win. This ring earned him Triple Gold Club status, along with championships at the 2006 Olympics and the 2006 World Championships with Sweden.

One can argue with a former classmate Pavel Datsyuk He has a stronger case. One could also argue that honoring Jay Carboneau opened the door open for the former Red Wings captain.


The other candidates

Among the other players still under study are centers Jeremy RoenickAnd Rod Princemore And Patrick EliasAnd winger Theo Florey and goalkeepers Curtis Joseph And Mike Vernon. Another candidate in the first year is forward Rick Nash, who scored 437 goals put him in 71st place of all time.

One interesting candidate in her first year of eligibility: former Team USA star Megan Duggan, who led Team Pyeongchang to the 2018 gold medal.

As for the Builders category, one of the candidates is Herb Carnegie, a leading black player. Creative goalkeeper Francois Allier and former Michigan coach Reed Berenson.