Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Why isn’t Eric Lindros in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Credit: Tom Szczerbowski - USA Today Sports
All right now, hear me out.

For most of the 1990’s - especially during the heyday of the Legion of Doom during the Dead Puck Era - Lindros was, if not the best, but one of the premier players in the world. His booming physical prowess complimented his great scoring touch fantastically, and he formed the deadliest line in the league with John LeClair and Mikael Renberg in the mid-90s. This was all happening during the stingiest defensive era in NHL history, by the way - one where goalies like Dwayne Roloson and Marty Turco were posting upwards of .920 in their respective save percentage columns every year.

With great success in such an extended low-scoring era, it really was a no-brainer for the Hockey Hall of Fame’s selection committee to name Lindros to the prestigious Hall in his first year of eligibility. I mean, come on. This is a guy who put up numbers over a point-per-game pace from 1993 to 2003! He scored 115 points during the height of the DPE in 1996… in 73 games! Lindros fought through injuries late in his career, and still managed to finish it with more than 100 more points than games played! Finally, he played only four years of his thirteen-year career outside of the Dead Puck Era!

Wait, you’re telling me that he’s not in?

And Phil Housley is?

Why?

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