With Henrik Zetterberg retiring from the NHL. The question being thrown around is, does Henrik Zetterberg belong in the NHL Hall of Fame.
When it comes to offensive numbers, Zetterberg ranks fifth all-time in Detroit Red Wings history in goals (337), assists (623), game-winning goals (64) and points (960). He is sixth all-time in their history in games played with 1,082. His best individual season came in 2007-08, when he had a career-high in goals (43) and points (92). He has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the Red Wings. In 2008, he won his first and only Stanley Cup.
Zetterberg was a point a game player for 6 straight seasons from 2005-2006 to 2010-2011.
From 2002-03 to 2010-11, Zetterberg had 555 points in 586 games, 15th in the span. From 2007-08 to 2010-11, he had 405 points in 496 games, 23rd most in that time. He twice finished in the top 10 in scoring – in 2007-08 and 2010-11 – and finished fifth in goals in 2007-08. Zetterberg currently sits 94th in all-time NHL scoring. He is the sixth-highest scoring Swede of all time.
Internationally, Zetterberg participated in four Olympics, scoring nine points in 17 games. He also played in six world championships, tallying 44 points in 52 games. He is a member of the Triple Gold club with Olympic and world championship gold medals in 2006 and a Stanley Cup in 2008.
For individual awards, Zetterberg won the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP in 2008 and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2014-15. He managed to accomplish all of this despite being a seventh-round draft pick.
Does all of the above make him a Hockey Hall of Fame inductee? That is a tough one… Zetterberg had a great span for 6 straight years, but is that enough to get him into the Hall of Fame?
Eric Lindros got into the Hall of Fame with less points, but there was no one more dominant for 7 straight seasons. Did Henrik Zetterberg change the game, was he a dominant player? No, he was a consistent player, respected, but did you have to turn on your TV to watch him play if you were not a Red Wing fan?
In my opinion, he is a borderline Hall of Fame player with a great career but not sure he has done enough to get him into the Hall of Fame.
Stats sourced from tsn.ca
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