Sunday, June 20, 2010
Should Doug Gilmour be in the Hockey Hall of Fame
Yes but not because of his play with the Leafs. Afterall he wasn't a Leafs for very long, You have to look at his entire career.
He played 20 NHL seasons, so the longevity is there. 450 goals is acceptable for the Hall of Fame, while his near 1000 assists and over 1400 points are outstanding. That places him 17th all time, and that has to mean the Hall of Fame is a certainty.
He was an important player on the 1989 Stanley Cup championship in Calgary. He carried Toronto to two consecutive final four appearances in the 1990s, as well as two more in St. Louis several years before that. He is seventh all time in Stanley Cup playoffs scoring, 5th in terms of assists. His points per game production actually increased in the playoffs.
Not sure why he isn't in already. Although 2007 and 2009 were deep years, 2006 and 2008 were not. I would guess those ugly off-ice issues in St. Louis may be in the back of the minds of some voters. I'm sure his time will come.