Chicago Blackhawks: Which Current 'Hawks Are Hall of Fame Bound?
When thinking about the current makeup of the Chicago Blackhawks, they are without a doubt a talent-laden team.
While the 'Hawks definitely possess star power, it's interesting to consider how history will remember these individuals. It's a debate that will be settled over time, and though we like to predict, there is no telling if hockey's Hall of Fame will open its doors to a single member of this squad.
There's a group of five or six that one could make arguments for or against. So, let's take a moment to prognosticate, consider current stats and play the guessing game of who of these 'Hawks will receive hockey's highest honor.
Brent Seabrook: Unlikely
Brent Seabrook is a phenomenal hockey player and has been a huge cornerstone of the 'Hawks for the past few seasons.
Seabrook has a Stanley Cup and a gold medal on his resume and three times has played in every regular-season NHL game (2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11).
Unfortunately, in Seabrook's case, it may ultimately come down to statistics and personal accolades, as—rightly or wrongly—that is how a lot of voters decide.
There is a good chance Seabrook will retire without a Norris Trophy and perhaps without playing in an All-Star game. If heart, character and team value were the deciding factors, he would be a shoo-in.
Sadly, it looks like a long shot for Seabs.
Patrick Sharp: Unlikely
At the age of 30, Patrick Sharp is enjoying his finest years as a professional. He saw his first All-Star bid last season and has been one of the best additions to the Indian Head sweater in recent years.
For goal-scoring forwards, 1,000 points and 500 career goals is considered the benchmark for what makes a player a Hall of Fame lock. Unfortunately, with 193 career goals and 385 career points, Sharp is not on that path.
Because of his style of play, I still firmly believe that Sharp will be a productive player for six to seven more years. But even if he averages 25 goals in that span, he will not even hit 400 goals and would probably be shy of 1,000 points as well.
I think he'll be an All-Star again, but Sharpie won't get a plaque in Toronto.
Patrick Kane: Possible
Patrick Kane is a fun one to debate.
In his first five seasons as a pro, he has averaged 79 games per year with 73.8 points per season. Over the next 10 seasons, if healthy, it's not unrealistic to think that he could play at that pace.
If that holds true, or is remotely close, he would be easily eclipsing 1,000 points before he turns 34 years old.
But his production has dropped off a bit, and questions linger about his durability and commitment to sustaining a long, productive hockey career.
If I was betting on it and I had to make a choice, I would put my cash against it, as it's hard to envision where Kane's career will ultimately take him.
Having said that, it would not be a shocker in the least if Kaner gets a Hall nod.
Duncan Keith: Possible
The swift-skating Duncan Keith turned in a banner year in 2009-10, winning his first Norris Trophy, leading Team Canada in ice time during the Olympics and capturing the Stanley Cup, while losing seven teeth in the process.
Statistically, Keith looks good on paper, and though he has had a couple of what many feel to be off years since winning silverware, at 29, he still has a lot of mileage left.
At this point, I don't think Keith is a lock.
He currently has 282 career points and is a three-time All-Star. If he can get his arms around one more Norris Trophy, finishes his career with 500 points and ends up a seven-time All-Star, then he should get in.
Anything less may put him on the bubble.
Marian Hossa: Likely
Marian Hossa has been an outstanding hockey player for the length of his career.
While some may be concerned with the effects of the hit he took via Raffi Torres in the 2012 postseason, I expect a full recovery.
With the "Big Hoss," the numbers don't lie: 407 goals, 487 assists and 907 points in his illustrious career.
In a 'Hawks uniform alone, Hossa has averaged 61.6 points a season, and the last regular season of 2011-12 was his first injury-free campaign in Chicago.
If Hoss stays healthy, he will eclipse 1,000 points within the next two years. Truthfully, that should be enough to earn a plaque.
If not, it may only take him four more seasons to register his 500th career goal, and the deal will be done.
My money is on Hossa to get into the Hall of Fame.
Jonathan Toews: Likely
At 22 years old, Jonathan Toews won Olympic gold, a Conn Smythe Trophy and led the Chicago Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup in 49 years.
If he stays healthy, it's hard to imagine Toews' level of play dropping off. He simply won't let it.
His drive, determination and cerebral approach to hockey will only continue to evolve.
Last season, Toews scored 29 goals while missing 23 games due to a concussion. If he played the full season, without question, he would have tallied 35-40 goals and would have had around 80-85 points.
He has 50 points in 52 playoff games to go along with his playoff hardware. Currently, his 324 points in 361 regular-season games have him on pace to reach the 1,000-point plateau somewhere around his 35th birthday.
I also envision a Hart Trophy and perhaps another Stanley Cup in his future.
Tazer gets in.
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