Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lindros for the Hockey Hall of Fame. #88


Eric Lindros
deserves to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He got snubbed in the Class of 2012 ... (though the 4 were most deserving to be there) I want to make my case why Eric Lindros deserves and eventually will be in the Hall.

Career achievements
4th fastest player in NHL history to score 300 points (210 GP) behind Wayne Gretzky (159), Mario Lemieux (186) & Peter Stastny (186)
4th fastest player in NHL history to score 400 points (277 GP) behind Wayne Gretzky (197), Mario Lemieux (240) & Peter Stastny (247)
5th fastest player in NHL history to score 500 points (352 GP) behind Wayne Gretzky (234), Mario Lemieux (287) & Peter Stastny (322) & Mike Bossy (349)
6th fastest player in NHL history to score 600 points (429 GP) behind Wayne Gretzky (273), Mario Lemieux (323) & Peter Stastny (394), Mike Bossy (400) & Jari Kurri (419)


In international play, Lindros represented Canada at the World Junior Championships three times (1990, 1991, and 1992), winning gold medals in 1990 and 1991. Eric Lindros is Canada's all time points leader at the WJC with 31 points, 6 points ahead of Jordan Eberle and Ryan Ellis. He has also represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships, leading the team in scoring at the 1993 tournament. In Olympic play, Lindros represented Canada three times (1992, 1998, and 2002), winning a silver medal in 1992 and a gold medal in 2002.

Also with Lindros' 1991 NHL Entry Draft and trade to the Flyers set up history to the new AVS team ....

One of Lindros' contributing factors still lingers on for the NHL today that of concussions, dealing with post-concussion symptoms (Think Sydney Crosby) and how if that issue dealt back in the 90s wouldn't be one today (But at last hindsight is 20-20) Lindros contributed to the fierce toughness of the NHL - made way to today's faster paced game ... and that of being the "NEXT ONE" and Big E ... and how we are in each draft looking for that next "Great one" or OVie/Crosby of the franchise.


So in this Canadian's opinion: Eric Lindros deserves to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. It isn't so much if, as to when he will get in.

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