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9.  John LeClair

Some have said that John LeClair got off to a slow start in the NHL. There is certainly a level of truth to that as his stint with the Habs showed his defensive skill but not any real offensive proficiency. Upon becoming a Philadelphia Flyer, LeClair really began to use his size and mobility. He was placed on a line with Eric Lindros and Michael Renberg and the line dubbed the “Legion of Doom” became a highlight reel staple with their goals and bruising nature. LeClair became the first American to net 50 goals three seasons in a row. The question for the Hall is did John LeClair’s Broad Street tenure do enough to secure a spot.

 

Should John LeClair be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 65.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 10.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: St. Albans, Vermont, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Thursday, 01 January 2009
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Played For: Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers
  • Non-NHL Teams: Team U.S.A. (1996 World Cup, 1998 & 2002 Olympics)
  • Major Accolades and Awards: First Team All Star (1995 & 1998)
    Second Team All Star (1996, 1997 & 1999)
    Plus/Minus Award (1997 & 1999)
    NHL All Star (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2000)
    Stanley Cup Ring (1993) Montreal Canadians

Should John LeClair be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 65.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 10.3%
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+3 #3 Park3 2014-01-03 07:13
He has a better case than is stated here.

1) He scored two overtime goals in the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals.
2) Five times he was named to the season-ending First or Second NHL All-Star Team. I can't imagine there are many players with at least five outside of the Hall.
3) Unlike recent inductee Brendan Shanahan, LeClair actually showed up on the international stage, being named to two tournament All-Star Teams ('96 World Cup and '02 Olympics). His play internationally should also dismiss the baseless "he rode Lindros' coat tails" argument.
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0 #2 Jon Elfmann 2013-12-30 10:04
Even though I'm a Flyers fan, "P Smith" has it right on the money.
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-1 #1 P Smith 2012-12-15 14:06
Leclair did a lot, but not enough, and not for a long enough time.
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