More on Andreychuk and the Hall of Fame
On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most likely to get into the Hall of Fame, Dave Andreychuk is a "4.'' That's according to Sports Illustrated hockey contributer Jim Kelley, one of the most experienced and best hockey writers in the business. Kelley breaks down this year's so-so class and you can read his entire take by clicking here. The 2010 class will be announced next week. About Andreychuk, Kelley writes:
In a much-traveled career that included stops in Buffalo (twice), Toronto, New Jersey, Boston, Colorado and Tampa Bay, Andreychuk became the game's all-time leader in power play goals (274). He was a feared player around the net and he earned his just reward with a Stanley Cup in Tampa Bay in the next-to-final season of his 23-year career. His 640 career goals rank 13th all time, are tops among players not in the Hall, and include a memorable six-tally game against the Bruins (while with Buffalo) in Boston Garden.
On the downside, Andreychuk was considered one-dimensional. He was good around the net, but too slow to get back on defense and he was easily neutralized in playoff competition where shadowing scorers was the norm. Andreychuk, however, likely will earn points for his commitment to the Lightning, a team that was a playoff also-ran but grew into a Cup contender in part because of his leadership. He'll also get votes for perseverance in refusing trades from Tampa to Cup contenders, choosing instead to help build a winner. On the 1-to-5 scale, he's a 4 and likely to go in this year or next.