You can look at that list of achievements and then say I'm high for thinking he gets in? Joe Niewendyk was just inducted to the HHOF remember. Who cares that it was 6 years? So if someone had played 15 years and had Crosby's resume, they'd get in no problem?
I think you are high. He is close to being a lock for the HHOF... but I don't think most voters will justify 6 years as a true career.
That might be blind distaste for him, but I just think most voters look for reasons to exclude people.
I tell you what, if Crosby gets in right now. I will be extremely pissed if Osgood doesn't get in.
Which really is better? An amazing short career, or a consistently strong long career?
It's not about what's better, the long career or short tremendous career. But for the 6 years he's been in the NHL, Crosby has been consistently one of the league's elite players and racked up a lot of hardware.
Hopefully he'll start playing again and the discussion will be irrelevant, but Crosby's going in the HHOF even if he never steps on the ice again.
And for those rooting he never plays again, they should really think about what they're saying. If they're sick of hearing of him now, wait til they constantly hear about "what could have been" and "the greatest career cut short."