On Wednesday, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced the inductees for the 2023 class. They got the easy one right, making Henrik Lundqvist a first ballot Hall of Famer. They also it right by selecting former Avalanche general manager Pierre Lacroix to go in as a builder. But they got one way wrong, as they once again snubbed Alexander Mogilny, the first Soviet defector to come over to the NHL.
And at this point, I’m not sure they’re ever going to put him in, which is just plain wrong.
All that and more in this Thursday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
I didn’t think any former Avalanche skaters were going to get the call, but turns out that was wrong. Either way, we took a look at current Avalanche skaters and who could potentially be heading towards a Hall of Fame inductee.
Pierre Lacroix, the man responsible for building two Cup winning Avalanche squads, was selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder. In addition, Pierre Turgeon finally got the call.
Around the NHL
Meet the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2023, including first ballot Hall of Famer Henrik Lundqvist.
Here we go again. Another year goes by, and another year where the Hall of Fame committee doesn’t vote in Alexander Mogilny. He’s clearly deserving, and he paved the way for Soviet skaters to make their way to the NHL, but for whatever reason, the Hall of Fame committee doesn’t think he’s worthy.
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh: The Penguins were rumored to be after J.T. Miller at the deadline. Should they revisit that?
Montreal: If anyone in the top four of the NHL draft skips a center, Will Smith might fall right into the laps of the Canadiens.