16 active NHL players who are locks for the Hockey Hall of Fame
There’s no template for a Hall of Fame player. Some are great scorers, while others are reliable leaders or defenders. Some have bookshelves full of individual awards, some have multiple championships. Most fit into more than one of those categories.
With the Hockey Hall of Fame inducting the class of 2018 on Monday, we thought it would be fun to explore which active NHLers are locks to get in themselves. That is, if their careers ended today, who has done enough to earn eternal enshrinement in hockey’s greatest hall?
The list is shorter than you’d think.
In all, we settled on 16 players worthy of induction. There are certainly more than 15 active players who will one day get into the Hall, so some honourable mentions are included for players who likely will get in once they’ve played out their full careers.
But this group of 16 has shown enough already to earn recognition. Here they are, in alphabetical order.
Note: The stats below are as of Nov. 8.
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Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington Capitals
Games Played: 829 | Goals: 212 | Assists: 604 | Points: 816
Backstrom is a talented playmaker and has been among the assist leaders every year since he joined the league. His 604 assists are the most by any player since 2007, and his 816 points are fifth. He has five seasons in which he recorded more than 60 assists, a mark matched only by Henrik Sedin and Joe Thornton over the same time period.
Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston Bruins
Games Played: 977 | Goals: 296 | Assists: 458 …read more