Ranking 2013 Hall of Fame candidates
The Hockey Hall of Fame is getting into this recycling thing, big time.
The trend the past few years with the Hallís 18-member selection committee is to reconsider, then induct, previously passed-over NHL stars. Of the nine players enshrined over the past three years, only three made it on the first ballot Ė Ed Belfour in 2011 and Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin in 2012. The other six didnít make induction first time around, but eventually got at least 14 affirmative votes from the committee.
Dino Ciccarelli was the lone NHL player inducted in 2010. He had been eligible since 2002. Inducted in 2011 after waits of varying lengths were Joe Nieuwendyk (one year after first being eligible), Doug Gilmour (five years) and Mark Howe (13 years). This year, Pavel Bure (six-year wait) and Adam Oates (five-year wait) rose to the top of the recycling bin.
With this growing trend in mind, hereís how The Hockey News is ranking the field for the 2013 class. A maximum of four NHL candidates get in after a three-year reflection period upon retirement.
1. Chris Chelios