On Monday the Hockey Hall of Fame is going to induct Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates. All of these players are deserving of the honour IMO, although I didn’t think Sundin would be first ballot. Probably has something to do with him spending most of his time in the center of the hockey universe.
Joe Sakic played for Quebec and Colorado, rare that an NHL’er plays for the same franchise his entire career, amassing 1641 points in 1378 regular season games. I was surprised to learn that he only had two 50 goal seasons. Burnaby Joe gave the Oilers fits over his career scoring 99 points just 85 games in the regular season. In Fact the only team that Sakic had more scoring success against was the Calgary Flames where he managed 103 points over his hall of fame career.
Mats Sundin played for 3 teams during his career, starting off with Mr. Sakic in Quebec before being traded to Toronto. After a long succesfull career in the T dot, he spent his last NHL season with Oilers division rival Vancouver Canucks. Sundin managed just over a point/game in the NHL having his greatest success against the Penguins where he had 81 points in just 54 career games. He did however manage to keep his point per game average against the Oilers scoring 20 goals and 25 assists in 43 games.
Pavel Bure, one of my all time favorite NHL snipers had the shortest career of the four going in the Hall of Fame this weekend. In only 702 games he sniped 437 ginos and added 342 assists. Against the Oilers he scored 47 points, including 19 goals in just 39 games. The only teams he scored more against were the LA Kings (51pts) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (48pts). I only wish the Russian Rocket could have played longer, weak knees cut his career way to short.
Last on the list on inductees in 2012 is none other than Adam Oates, most likely known for his 60 game stint with the Oilers during the 2003-2004 season, in which he scored 2 goals and added 16 assists. All kidding aside Oates is one of, if not the greatest, set up man in NHL history. In his 1337 NHL games he set up an amazing 1079 goals, while scoring 341 on his own. I imagine that he somehow passed to himself on some of his markers. Oates sits 6th on the all time assists list, although out of the top 9 he has the least games played. Hall of Famer for sure. Against the Oilers, Oates managed 42 points in 34 games. Too bad he didn’t manage that same production during his tenure with the Oil. This video is Oates talking about Brett Hull, but check out the pass he makes on Hull’s first goal of the video, pure magic.
Silence is Golden
The NHL and NHLPA have been talking for the last 3 days, and at length too. While they haven’t had any press availability and the most inside of insiders haven’t had anything to report. I take this too be good news because quite frankly I do not want to hear anything else until there is an agreement in place and a schedule ready to be released. I am probably overly optimistic with this, but here’s to hoping we can have an NHL season starting on or around December 1st.
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