The 2012 inductees of the Hockey Hall of Fame could be as interesting as any in recent history.
Certainly Joe Sakic will go in, and one would have to think that Brendan Shanahan and Jeremy Roenick have pretty good odds of being voted in. Pavel Bure should absolutely be listed among the game's greatest of all time.
But what about Mats Sundin? Eric Lindros? Adam Oates? Will deserving players who have already been eligible for a few years, such as Steve Larmer and Dave Andreychuk, finally get a call?
It is an ageless debate regarding who the greatest players in the history of the game have been, and where contemporary players fit into the mix.
When considering players that are already retired, it's also worth thinking about some guys that are still on the ice. Without question, there are some of the finest players in the history of the game still actively playing, and many are still alive in the playoffs (perhaps for the last time).
What follows are the names of nine players that are a lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame when they hang up their skates.