Lindros was a dominant on both ends of the rink and piled up huge +/- numbers in addition to everything else. Pavel Bure was an exceptional goal scorer but his commitment to defense was less than total. I know who I'd take if I were starting a team. I believe the HOF holds a grudge against Eric but I'm not sure for what.
Also Bure scored 60 goals twice, not 4 times.
lets not get into semantics, I had to go look up the numbers but Bure was over 60 twice, was once at at 58 and once at 59. so for all intents and purposes pretty much a 60 goal scorer four times. He was among the best goalscorers in hockey for about 10 years and was by far more skilled than Lindros, and its not even close. He put up over 40 goals twice on Florida and won the Richard with linemates I don't even know who, Viktor Kozlov? I remember that one season he had 100 points and his next closest teammate had like 35.
For once the HHOF was right. Perhaps his commitment to defense was lesser, but by the same token if I'm starting a team I'm easily drafting Bure before grabbing Lindros. It's like saying you'd rather have Parise than Stamkos. Both elite players, but one borders on generational while the other is a great player.
I'd love to know how after passing over Phil Housley, the group decides that he'll go in now over the likes of Lindros and Recchi? Like does the committee come to an agreement that Mark Recchi is without a doubt a HOFer, but that they should wait a year or two to vote him in so Phil Housley can finally get in?
I'd also love to see how they came to a decision to vote Pavel Bure in years ago, when someone like Eric Lindros, a much better player, still can't get in. These are supposedly some of the smartest people in hockey...and for the last 4 years they are saying that they think Bure was better than Lindros. Absolutely mind-blowing.
please do tell me how 4 time 60 goal scorer Pavel Bure was not as good as 0 time 45 goal scorer Eric Lindros
1995 was the first year I was really old enough to understand hockey. Growing up around this timeframe and having hockey as by far your favorite sport was really something. If the devils never win again, at least throughout my childhood and young adult life they were the best, and it meant a lot
I blame him in recent years to the extent that he appears to be obssessed with looking for Dainus Zubrus with his forward selections rather than focusing more on skill and players that can score. Maybe it was the experience with Tedenby that spooked him.
This draft could confirm my suspicions if the Devils end up taking Lawson Crouse, or perhaps passing on Mitch Marner for whoever if he's available (assuming Hanifin is not there either).
We really got f'd on the whole Tedenby thing. He was ranked above Erik Karlsson (!) and Roman Josi that season. Granted, those are both defenseman. At the time it looked like we hit the jackpot. I recall not many thinking that Tedenby would fall that far. Oh well.