Scott Niedermayer, Defenseman
The New Jersey Devils would not have won three Stanley Cups (1995, 2000, 2003) without the amazing two-way performance of Scott Niedermayer, who would log 20-plus minutes per game and shut down opposing teams' best forwards, while also tallying 35-60 points consistently. His career total in points is 740 (172 goals, 568 assists).
After winning his first and only Norris Trophy in 2003-04, he joined the Anaheim Ducks after the 2004-05 lockout and played a major role in the team's run to the 2006-07 Stanley Cup title.
In addition to his four Stanley Cup rings, Niedermayer won Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in 2002 and 2010. As one of the best defensemen of all time, Niedermayer is a lock for the 2013 class.
Brendan Shanahan, Forward
The NHL's face of player safety played for five different teams in his legendary career from 1987-88 through 2008-09, but he didn't become a Hall of Fame-caliber player until he joined the Detroit Red Wings during the 1996-97 season.
As a premier power forward, Shanahan played an important role on three Stanley Cup-winning teams in Detroit (1997, 1998 and 2002). He tallied 134 points in 184 career playoff games while posting 1,354 points (656 goals, 698 assists) in 1,524 regular-season games.
Shanahan is one of 18 players in the history of the NHL to score 600 goals, and after wrongly getting snubbed last year, expect him to be voted in the 2013 class.
Chris Chelios, Defenseman
Chris Chelios played his first full NHL season with the Montreal Canadiens in 1984-85, and few could have predicted that he would not retire until the 2009-10 season. In that time, the All-Star defenseman played 1,651 games, which ranks fifth on the all-time list.
He also has an impressive trophy case that includes three Stanley Cup rings (1986, 2002 and 2008) and three Norris Trophies. Chelios ranks 10th in scoring among defenseman with 948 points. He consistently played exceptional defense and excelled on special teams.
As one of the best defensemen and American-born players of all time, Chelios should get the call from the Hall of Fame on Tuesday.