The Chicago “Blackhawks” striker Marian Hossa deserves to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
On Saturday, May 19, forward Chicago Blackhawks Marian Hossa announced his unsuccessful exit from the NHL. He developed an allergy to his hockey equipment, and he did not improve in a year. This makes Hossa behave in an offhand manner.
Quietly, he collected a rather brief resume. However, does Hossa deserve to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame one day? He was undoubtedly a great player. But was he at the level of the other best players of all time? Let’s evaluate his Hall of Fame.
Hossa did not receive any individual awards. The closest he came to one, finishing second in the Calder Trophy race, Chris Drury. Hossa also took the fifth place in Selke Trophy, who voted back in 2013-14. This is especially noteworthy, because wings rarely end somewhere near the top three.
However, the lack of individual awards does not exclude a player from the Hall of Fame. Mike Gartner and Mark Recci are fine examples. He has so many All-Star collections (one), like Recchi and more than Gartner.
The smartest move of Hoss’s career was to sign with Blackhawks. This brought him three Stanley Cups, which definitely helps his resumption. Previously, Hossa was considered an excellent, but not a Slavic player. It’s amazing that he wins three Stanley Cups for your resume. Three Hoss championships compensate for the lack of individual awards.
Evaluating the Hall of Fame, it is important to compare apples to apples, not to oranges or bananas. Here’s how Hossa stands among all the right wings in different categories.
The first three statistics confirm that Hossa easily discusses the best right wings of all time. In my book, this makes you a Hall of Fame player. Let’s talk about its pros and cons, and points adjusted for the era, though, because that’s what cemented his business to me.
Hossa played on some good teams, including the Senators of Ottawa, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Detroit Red Wings and the Blackhawks. However, he also played on some awful (most of them with Atlanta Thrashers). Hossa had a negative plus or minus only once in his career. Plus-minus is not the best indicator for assessing someone’s protection, but with him it’s relevant.
Era-adjusted points help to create an even playing field for everyone. He removes the Era from the equation. For example, it is difficult to compare someone who played in the 1980s, with someone who played mostly in the 21st century. We are talking about two completely different epochs.
Hossa is not considered a very productive wing. Maybe it’s because it was invariably great, but there was not enough elite. Perhaps this is because his best years came with the Thrashers. But his age-adjusted numbers do reinforce the argument that Hossa is one of the best players of all time.