The Big E got snubbed again, no other way to look at it. Whether you loved him or hated him there’s no denying he was the most dominating player in the game at one point. Sure he brewed up some controversy before he even stepped on the ice by not playing for the Quebec Nordiques after they drafted him with the 1st overall pick. Nordiques and Avalanche fans should still be thanking Lindros for demanding a trade, if Lindros would have never left they wouldn’t have gotten Peter Forsberg who was a major piece to their ’96 Cup. Even though he had a melon for a brain he still put up solid numbers in the time he played. In 760 career games he put in 372 goals and gave out 493 helpers all while being in the box for 1398 minutes. Can you imagine what he would have put up if he wasn’t in the box so much or if his head wasn’t mush? Lindros ranks 19th all time in NHL history in points per game ahead of greats like Bobby Hull, Steve Yzerman, and Mark Messier. I’m not saying Lindros is better than these players, but numbers wise he was just as impactful as them.
I can remember watching Lindros barreling up and down the ice dishing the puck off and smashing people into the boards…total game changing abilities. I would put Lindros in the Top 10 power forwards of all time in the NHL. Yeah Lindros didn’t win a Stanley Cup but he has plenty of hockey hardware on his mantle: a Hart trophy, a Pearson trophy, a Memorial Cup, CHL POY, two WJC gold medals, and an Olympic gold & silver medal. When Lindros was out there he changed the game and for that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. That’s not being a homer Flyers fan, that’s just stating a fact.
Here’s a few Big E clips:
From his rookie season Lindros took it to Stevens. We all know Stevens would take the win by knockout years later.
Lindros takes care of Barnaby…and I don’t even care if he took his legs out.
A good old fashioned Eric Lindros tribute…and I love creed so a double bonus.