There is no doubt Corey Perry is one of the best players in Anaheim Ducks’ history. He played 14 seasons in Anaheim, recording 372 goals, and 404 assists over that time.
Perry helped the Ducks capture their first-and-only Stanley Cup in 2007, putting up 15 points in 21 postseason games. The Athletic’s Eric Stephens was asked in a recent mailbag if the 35-year-old will get some consideration to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame once he hangs up his skates:
“Perry has been a winner at every level. He is one of only two hockey players to have won a Memorial Cup (Canadian major junior title), captured gold in the Olympics, World Cup of Hockey and world championships, and won a Stanley Cup. The other is Scott Niedermayer, his former Ducks teammate who is in the Hall. Hard to argue against that track record. He has Hart and Rocket Richard trophies to his name. That also helps his case.”
As you can see, Perry has won at every level, but his overall numbers might not be enough to get in. He has 797 points in 1045 NHL games. As Stephens points out five retired 500-goal scorers, Keith Tkachuk, Pat Verbeek, Pierre Turgeon, Jeremy Roenick and Peter Bondra have yet to earn induction.
Perry struggled with the Dallas Stars last season, and has clearly lost a step in the twilight of his career. He only had five goals, and 16 assists for the Stars last season, so there is no reason to think he will be able to significantly add to his totals over the next year or two.
I can’t argue with Perry’s accomplishments as an NHL player, but I don’t think the voters will overlook his numbers in favor of all of the championships he has won.
Do you think Perry will get into the Hall of Fame?