NHL Players Who Have Improved Their Hall of Fame Credentials in 2015-16

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NHL Players Who Have Improved Their Hall of Fame Credentials in 2015-16
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Each year, a small group of NHL players is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The criteria for selection to the Hall are not explicitly defined—players are chosen through a complex voting process undertaken by the 18-member selection committee. Broadly speaking, inductees have typically logged 1,000-plus games and played at superstar levels for a good stretch of their NHL careers.

In 2013, Matt Pfeffer attempted to quantify various players' chances of getting into the Hall in an article in the Hockey News. His list of 23 "shoo-ins" includes 12 players who remain active in the NHL in 2015-16.

Only four players are inducted each year, and the new candidates eligible for the first time must compete for nominations against long-retired figures such as Eric Lindros, Curtis Joseph and Jeremy Roenick, who have yet to be honoured. Defenseman Phil Housley got inducted in 2015, for example, even though he played his last NHL game in 2003.

Though many of them are still years away from their retirements—and even further away from their inductions, here's a look at the players from Pfeffer's "shoo-in" list who have done the most to improve their Hall of Fame credentials during the current season.

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