HALL OF FAME LOCK-O-ME­TER

Who gets the au­to­matic Hall call? Who should wait anx­iously by the phone? Who might get left out in the cold? Here’s the 411 on the class of 2018

The Hockey News - - BUZZ - BY MATT LARKIN

JUST A FOR­MAL­ITY

The Hall used to al­low su­per­novas to gain im­me­di­ate en­try upon re­tire­ment. MARTIN BRODEUR would have been ideal for that in 2015. He has 140 more wins than the No. 2 goalie, four Vez­i­nas, three Cups, a Calder and two Olympic golds. He’s hockey roy­alty.

SPEED DIAL ON THE HALL’S

Hall of Fame or Hall of Very Good? The de­bate is moot, be­cause plenty of other Hall of Very Good types have al­ready been in­ducted. So why not DANIEL AL­FREDS­SON then? He has more than 1,000 points, won the Calder Tro­phy, fin­ished top 10 in scor­ing three times, won Olympic gold with Swe­den and is the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors’ long­est-serv­ing cap­tain.

MAYBE SOME­DAY

JEREMY ROENICK has been el­i­gi­ble since 2012. With 513 goals and 1,216 points, he’ll pop up on Hall can­di­dacy lists for years to come. But he lacks any ma­jor in­di­vid­ual hard­ware. His best chance at in­duc­tion will come in a year with­out any ob­vi­ous picks. That year could be 2019.

CHECKS OFF EV­ERY BOX

MARTIN ST-LOUIS’ re­sume screams Hall of Fame: two scor­ing titles, an MVP, three Lady Byngs, a Stan­ley Cup and Olympic gold. He also did some of his best work in the Dead Puck Era when few play­ers as small as him were mak­ing big im­pacts.

WISH­FUL THINK­ING

El­i­gi­ble yet? No. She just re­tired this year. But HAY­LEY WICKENHEISER would have been part of that skip-the-three-year­wait group had the Hall not closed that loop­hole. Wickenheiser is surely the best fe­male player ever, armed with four Olympic gold medals. She is Team Canada’s all-time scor­ing leader, too.

THE ROD­NEY DANGER­FIELD PICK ALEXAN­DER MOGILNY gets no re­spect con­sid­er­ing he was the first Soviet NHL de­fec­tor, one of the first Euro­pean NHL cap­tains, bet­ter than a point-per-game player and proud owner of a 76-goal sea­son. Mogilny was a sub­lime ta­lent, but his enig­matic per­son­al­ity seems to have alien­ated him among the vot­ers.

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