Last month ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski listed ten current NHL players that are destined for the Hockey Hall of fame. He included Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron in that list. That got me thinking. Do the Bruins currently have any other players that are worthy of the Hockey Hall of Fame? Lets discuss.
Chara and Bergeron were givens
“Four Selke Trophies and a seven-time finalist (so far), plus that Stanley Cup and international success,” Wyshynski wrote. “Anecdotally, he might be the most admired NHL forward outside of (Sidney) Crosby in his generation. The Bruins are going to end up sending a few players to the Hall from their decade-long run of contention.” Wyshynski said about Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron.
“Unless it involves a strand of his hair and an aggressive human cloning program, there will never be another Zdeno Chara,” Wyshynski wrote. “He’s 6-foot-9, a Stanley Cup champ and a Norris winner and is fourth in scoring for a defenseman (640) over the past 20 years. Luckily, the Hall of Fame has high ceilings. Was what he had to say about defenseman Zdeno Chara.
Best resume as of now?
Since 2015-2016 Brad Marchand is third in the league in goals scored, behind Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin. Two names who have almost guaranteed themselves a spot in the pro hockey hall of fame by now. Ovi is a given. Kane, there might be a debate for. But with his cup runs between 2010 and 2015, I’d say Kane’s three Cup wins should definitely be enough to earn him a spot in the Hall.
Marchand does have a cup of his own as well. Brad Marchand was a crucial part of the Bruins Cup victory in 2011. Despite only having been elected to two all star games so far in his career, Marchand has been one of the more elite forwards in the league since that 2015-2016 season.
The youth makes it hard to judge
For me, the first few players that come to mind as possible future Hall members are Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask, and David Backes. There are other players who could definitely be thrown in the mix, but the players above have already started a resume that has them off to a promising start. David Backes is surely on the back end of his career and is the player that could most fairly be judged. The fact that Backes has yet to win a Stanley Cup championship might be his biggest set back in the eyes of the voters.
David Pastrnak is certainly putting up hall of fame like numbers so far this season. But One good year won’t get you into the hall. If Pastrnak can maintain this type of play for the better part of the rest if his career, we might be talking about David Pastrnak come voting time in 10-15 years.
Take a deep breath – Tuukka Rask – Hall of Fame? He’s making a case.
Tuukka Rask is by no means a sure Pro Hockey Hall of Famer as of now. But he has gotten a pretty good start on his resume. With a Vezina Tropy already under his belt, and a Stanley Cup championship there right beside it, Rask just needs to add a few of each and he’ll be in good shape. Most complaints about Tuukka Rask are that he cant win the high pressure games. I call shenanigan’s. Rask currently holds the Boston Bruins record for most shutouts in playoff series clinching games in franchise history. What’s more clutch that that? Stats like that are excellent. Stats like that are also the kind of stats you see that separate the potential hall of famers from the Hall of Famers. If Tuukka can put together a few more rock solid season, and get some help from his teammates to get another ring or two, Tuukka Rask will be a Hall of Famer some day.
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