Hockey Hall of Fame: Brendan Shanahan Isn’t This Year’s Only Snub

June 26th, 2012 by Peter Mills Leave a reply »
Today, the Hockey Hall of Fame induction class was named. Four NHL greats were voted in, and it's hard to argue with any of the selections. However, as important as the people included are, it's just as important to look at the omissions.

Perhaps the most surprising omission was Brendan Shanahan, thought to be an all-but-sure thing. Eric Lindros remains a snub in some people's eyes, though you won't find me making that argument.

But as much as any other player out there, Dave Andreychuk deserved to hear his name announced today. Once again, the Hall has failed to do him justice.

That isn't to say that this year's inductees aren't deserving. Pavel Bure was one of the 90s' most prolific goal-scorers. Mats Sundin is a career point-per-game player with more than 1300 games played. Adam Oates finished with more than 1000 assists. And Joe Sakic is Joe Sakic. But Andreychuk fits right in there with them.

It may come as a surprise to some to learn that Andreychuk was a 600-goal scorer—640, to be exact. He also amassed 698 assists.

When all is said and done, Andreychuk is 14th all-time in goals, 28th in points, 12th in shots, ...

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