42. Nikolai Khabibulin

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42. Nikolai Khabibulin
While Nikolai Khabibulin actually has a losing won/loss record in the NHL, nobody can say that he did not have a very good career in the National Hockey League.  The “Bulin Wall” may never have been considered the top goaltender in the league (or maybe even in the top three), but he was always better than most of his peers and did backstop the Lightning to a Stanley Cup, becoming the first Russian to do so. Throw in the fact that he also had an excellent performance leading the Russians to the Olympic Gold Medal; you have the makings of a fringe candidate for the Hall of Fame.

Should Nikolai Khabibulin be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 93.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 2.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Sverdlovsk, The Soviet Union
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 2017
  • Position: Goalie
  • Played For: Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Non-NHL Teams: Team Russia (1996 & 2004 World Cup) (1992, 2002 & 2006 Olympics)
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NHL All Star (1998, 1999, 2002 & 2003)
    Stanley Cup Rings (1) (2004) Tampa Bay Lightning
    Olympic Gold Medal (1992) Russia

Should Nikolai Khabibulin be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 93.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 2.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.1%

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