Tuesday, November 07, 2006

NHL Power Poll

Here's this weeks rankings with a look at each team's roster to see who has a chance to one day be honored in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
1. BUFFALO (LW: 1): Chris Drury might have the best shot. Hobey Baker Award winner, Calder Trophy winner (the first to win both) and a Stanley Cup will give him support. His stats (411 points, 324 penalty minutes) will hurt him though.

2. ANAHEIM (LW: 2): Chris Pronger is the best defenseman of his era, so he's a lock. Fellow defenseman Scott Niedermayer is a near-lock.

3. SAN JOSE (LW: 3): History will likely remember Joe Thornton, the team's best candidate, as a world-class choker.

4. DALLAS (LW: 6): Mike Modano is one of the game's very best and has been for a long time. Sadly, Eric Lindros simply has not played enough games in his career to warrant inclusion.

5. ATLANTA (LW: 5): Ilya Kovalchuck, if he continues to rack up similar point totals for the next five-10 years, is a no-brainer.

6. MINNESOTA (LW: 8): It's much too early to tell on the Wild's bounty of young, defensive-minded players.

7. NASHVILLE (LW: 12): Paul Kariya must hang on and put up 70-90 points for three more years to have a realistic shot.

8. MONTREAL (LW: 13): The Canadian-centric hockey establishment will push hard for Canadien folk hero Saku Koivu.

9. PITTSBURGH (LW: 7): Mark Recchi is a lock for the Hall of Very Good. I do not dare say anything about Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.

10. DETROIT (LW: 14): Chris Chelios? Check. Dominiki Hasek? Check. Nicklas Lidstrom? Check.
Go... here ...for the rest of the list.

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