I have a feeling Housley will be used as precedent in tons of arguments for players getting into the HHOF.
Housley and Niedermayer are in, but Zubov isn't? Lindros isn't? etc.
I don't think Osgood should get into the HHOF for similar reasons that I think Housley shouldn't be in there. Osgood had a good long career and was an accumulator, but was never considered among the elite.
Cam Neely and Housley both. One was great but didn't play very long. He got Bure into the HOF and Lindros will likely join them. Maybe Kariya too.
Housley scored a ton of points, but was never an elite defenseman at any point and never won anything in his career. He will get in players like Andreychuk, and maybe even Turgeon.
The HOF committee needs to realize that a lot of these 1,000+ scorers from the 80's and early 90's are guys who accumulated these stats because of the era they played in. That doesn't by itself mean Housley should be in. He's in the Hall of very good (offensively) and I don't want to take away from his being a great offensive defenseman. But his points are inflated, and his defensive skills shouldn't get him in the Hall. I can't think of any defenseman in the HOF that I would choose him over.
Osgood was rarely the best goalie on his own team, let alone the league at any given time in his career. I guarantee he doesn't get into the hall, and as far as I am concerned being in the hall is a prerequisite for your jersey being retired.
The problem Osgood has, as I've stated before, is his poor record in Vezina trophy votes as compared to his peers. I believe he only finished in top 5 for Vezina trophy voting once. He doesn't rank as one of the 5 best goalies of his generation, which doesn't help either.
A very good goalie who won a lot of games and several Cups, but not quite elite enough to make the HHOF. But you never know with the voters picking Housley over Makarov or Lindros.
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