The Chicago Blackhawks had a great core group of players that brought the Stanley Cup to Chicago three times. One of those players, Marian Hossa, is already getting inducted into the hall of fame, but who else might join him?
When you think of all of the great players that led the Blackhawks to championships and deserve spots in the hall of fame your mind might go straight to Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, and Patrick Kane. I believe those are the three locks for the hall of fame, but there might be a few more players behind them.
Brent Seabrook is a terrific leader, Niklas Hjalmarsson is an animal when it comes to blocking shots, and Patrick Sharp was a prolific goal scorer who capitalized on many scoring chances in Chicago. All three of those guys won three Stanley Cups, they just do not have some of the solo awards that Toews, Kane, and Keith have.
I was going to really drag this article out and go in-depth on why every single one of these players deserves some sort of recognition for their great careers, but you already know their career highs. We all watched Brent Seabrook help the Blackhawks beat the Detroit Redwings in a game seven, Niklas Hjalmarsson plays through a puck hitting his throat on a blocked shot and Patrick Sharp scored 249 goals with the Blackhawks.
These guys made the Blackhawks better, but there is a long list of players ahead of them in order to make it to the hall. Winning a Stanley Cup is not giving you a spot in the hall of fame and neither does winning multiple. I think all three of those guys were terrific Blackhawks, but they were not next level NHL stars.
Kane, Toews, and Keith are all members of the top 100 players of all time. That might lock their place in the hall of fame alone. They are premier NHL stars. All three of those guys are going to be first-ballot Hall of Famers just like Hossa. Everyone knows what they have done for the Blackhawks and how much they have made the team better.
While we might not ever see Seabrook Hjalmarsson or Sharp in the hall of fame, I think we will always remember them for what they brought to the Blackhawks and how they played roles in our three Championships. Which former Blackhawks do you think we will see in the hall of fame sometime in the next 10 years?