Shanahan, Niedermayer, Chelios, Lindros were my 4 picks. Lindros belongs in, dude was ridiculously dominant for about 7 years
Lindros is a tough one for me, but the guy clearly had H-O-F talent...no one could dispute that.
His offensive numbers were quite impressive for someone whose career started at the tail end of the Live Puck Era:
Reached 300 points in 210 GP (4th fastest in NHL history)
Reached 400 points in 277 GP (4th fastest)
Reached 500 points in 352 GP (5th fastest)
Reached 600 points in 429 GP (6th fastest)
From '92-'93 to '99-'00, he played in 558 games and put up 327 goals and 405 assists for 732 points. Over an 82-game season, that's an average of 48 goals and 60 assists. This is impressive stuff, especially for the era he played in.
From then on, the numbers dropped off considerably: 202 GP, 45 G, 88 A, 133 Pts, and he played in just 121 games in his last three seasons combined.
The $1,000,000 question: is the '92-'93 to '99-'00 stretch dominant enough (short-term dominance) on its own to merit him getting in, despite the many missed games? What sucks about Lindros is, even with the success he DID enjoy, there will always be a "what could've been" feeling with him.
I forget why he retired...did he just have absolutely nothing left? Just felt it was simply too risky to his health? He was relatively young when he left the game (34 years old I think).
I think I would probably put him in under the short-term dominance category, though because of all of the missed games, he just barely gets in for me. If he had stuck around, who knows, maybe he could've reached some eye-friendly milestones (like 400 goals and 1000 points), but what would've been the point? Lindros was clearly never going to be Lindros again, and he did the right thing in leaving when he did for the sake of his health...a few years of shell-of-himself compiling would've seemed counterproductive. If one chooses to vote Lindros in, I think he's got to do it based on '92-'93 to '99-'00 and on that stretch alone.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 09 July 2013 - 08:23 AM.