Mats Sundin has 555 goals and 1321 points in 1305 career games, but has never played in the Stanley Cup final. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Some media outlets have referred to the indecisive Mats Sundin as an automatic Hall of Famer, regardless of what he decides to do with his hockey career.
So while Sundin dithers on what to do next season, here are 10 reasons why he won’t make the Hall of Fame three years after his retirement. There might be 20 reasons why he will make the Hall some day, but some members of the selection committee will reject him for these flaws:
10. Has never led his team to great heights.
9. Has just 16 more points (1,321) than games played (1,305) during his 17-season career. Very good, but not great.
8. He never posted a 50-goal season and had just one 100-point season. Pavel Bure had two 60-goal seasons and two more with 58 and 59 and he’s an outsider.
7. His 1,321 career regular season points are impressive, but not good enough. Adam Oates has been rejected two straight induction years and he retired with 1,420 points. Same with Doug Gilmour and his 1,414 points.
6. His 555 career regular season goals are impressive, but not good enough. Dino Ciccarelli has 608 and he has been rebuffed and Dave Andreychuk (640) won’t get in when he’s first-time eligible in 2009.
5. Has averaged less than a point per game in the playoffs in his career.
4. Has never been a first-team all-star. (He has been a second-teamer twice.)
3. Has never won an individual award.
2. Has never won a Stanley Cup – or even made it to the final.
1. Has rarely played at a level where he’s considered among the top few players at his position. He has been loyal, durable, his production has been remarkably consistent, but he hasn’t crossed the line between being a very, very good player and a truly exceptional player.
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