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Eric Lindros: 3 Reasons He Should Be Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

Ben CousinsCorrespondent IJune 18, 2011

Eric Lindros: 3 Reasons He Should Be Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

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    DALLAS - JANUARY 15:  Eric Lindros #88 of the Dallas Stars skates against the Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center on January 15, 2007 in Dallas, Texas. The Stars won 3-1. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Eric Lindros should be the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

    Granted, his off ice actions have always put a stain on the man, but not the player. 

    When voting someone into the hall, I don't think off-ice actions should really be considered; it is all about what happened on the ice. 

    His international and NHL stats certainly merit an induction.  

    Here are the three main reasons Eric Lindros deserves his spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

    As always, feel free to comment with your opinion.

He Changed the Game

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 1:  Shane Hnidy #34 of the Atlanta Thrashers skates against Eric Lindros #88 of the Toronto Maple Leafs at Philips Arena on December 1, 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Maple Leafs won 4-1. (Photo by: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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    Eric Lindros changed the game of hockey. 

    He was the first towering offensive threat that could beat you up on the scoreboard and on the boards. 

    He was one of the first big men with skill. 

    Lindros, for the most part, paved the way for Milan Lucic, and to a certain extent Todd Bertuzzi. 

International Play

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    20 Feb 2002: Eric Lindros #88 of Canada during the men's quarterfinals against Finland at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the E Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit:   Robert Laberge/Getty Images
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    Remember this is not the NHL Hall of fame, this is the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

    So international hockey should be considered. 

    Lindros has 38 points in 36 games during men's competitions. These include the 1992, 1998 and 2002 Olympic Games. 

    He has also scored 42 points in just 29 junior international competition games. 

    These are Hall of Fame numbers, no doubt. 

Statistics

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    DALLAS - NOVEMBER 01:  Center Eric Lindros #88 of the Dallas Stars celebrates a goal with Brenden Morrow #10 during play against the St. Louis Blues at the American Airlines Center on November 1, 2006 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Ima
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    Lindros has been over a point per game in every aspect of his career: international competition, NHL, Junior, NHL playoffs and junior playoffs. 

    Any player that is above point per game status with a lengthy career is deserving of induction. 

    As a comparison, Lindros has an NHL career 1.14 points per game, Cam Neely a player with a similar style of play and a spot into the Hall of Fame, has a career 0.95 points per game. 

    That should be reason enough for Lindros to earn a place in the Hockey Hall of fame. 

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