1000 for Bergeron?
posted at 7/29/2013 12:21 AM EDT
NEHJ bit asks if Bergeron will be the best player to be a Bruins lifer - a list that excludes Shore, Orr, Bourque, Esposito, Neely, etc. but does include Cashman, Milt, Bucyk, Clapper....
Made me wonder if Bergeron will end up a) a 1000 point player and b) a Hall of Famer.
He's under contract for 9 more years. He has 433 points. He's a 60point/year player for the last three years on average (correcting for the lockout). That's 540 points if he stays at that average over the 9 years, so he'd be ending that contract at age 37 with 973 points. Conceivable that he would be able to come back another year or two and get the 27 points to reach 1000, but it's also possible a few years with a maturing Marchand and Eriksson push his average up so that he gets there before the end of his recently-signed deal. I think it's 50/50 - I could see him slowing down by 35 and even retiring before 900 points.
That would raise the question of whether he's HoF material. I would suggest he's got another Selke in him, and possibly a Conn., which would mean his second Cup. Two Cups, two Selke's, a Clancy and 1000 points would be a pretty solid resume. But not a lot of players have made it without 1000 points in recent memory. Neely did, Bure did, Gillies did, but all three were unusual cases - Neely due to incredible dominance before his injuries, Bure for his sheer explosiveness, Gillies the 4 cup pedigree. Larionov for his international achievements. And there are still a host of players who will cross the 1000 point threshold waiting to get in. Jagr, for one. Thornton will come up before Bergeron. Alfredsson. Iginla.
So two questions: do you think Bergeron gets 1000 points by the time he retires and, if not, do you think he still makes the Hall?