Like Sidney Crosby, I'm yelling, "Iggy!" Iginla is an emphatic choice. Not only did he set up the Pittsburgh Penguins center for the Golden Goal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, he won the 1996 IIHF World Junior Championship, 1997 IIHF World Championship and 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics with Canada. During 20 NHL seasons, including 16 with the Calgary Flames, the forward scored 1,300 points (625 goals, 675 assists) in 1,554 games. He's 14th in games played and tied for 16th in goals with Joe Sakic. He led the NHL in goals (52) and points (96) in 2001-02, winning the Lester J. Pearson Award (now the Ted Lindsay Award) as most outstanding player voted by the NHL Players' Association. He led the League in goals again in 2003-04 with 41, tied with Rick Nash and Ilya Kovalchuk, and won the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award in 2008-09. He had a Hall of Fame combination of skill, toughness and class.
Iginla should be a slam dunk and I'm a big Daniel Alfredsson supporter, but I'm here to state the case for Mogilny, one of the most dynamic players I've seen. Few had the ability to bring fans out of their seats like he did. This is the Hockey Hall of Fame, not the Hall of the Pretty Good, and the talent to electrify should matter. The forward's 1,032 points (473 goals, 559 assists) in 990 NHL games rank him ahead of Hall of Famers Pat LaFontaine (1,013 points), Lanny McDonald (1,006), Paul Kariya (989), Dave Keon (986) and Maurice Richard (966). His goals-per-game average of 0.48 is higher than that of Hall members Steve Yzerman (0.46), Gordie Howe and Sakic (0.45 each). Only Wayne Gretzky (92), Mario Lemieux (85) and Brett Hull (80) scored more goals in a season than Mogilny did when he had 76 in 1992-93. It's long overdue that he joins his Russian junior linemates Sergei Federov and Pavel Bure in the Hall.
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