Former Sabres Great Gets Denied the Hockey Hall of Fame Again
The Buffalo Sabres have a rich history that dates back to 1970.
Despite the franchise never winning the Stanley Cup, the team has had great success in the '70s, '90s and 2000s. The team seems to have highs and lows over the course of their 53-year history.
The team of the early '90s did not have great playoff success but if you ask many Sabres fans, they will tell you those teams matched the skill-level of the '70s and post-2005 lockout teams.
Those Sabres teams included the likes of Pat LaFontaine, Dale Hawerchuk, Dave Andreychuk, Bob Sweeney and Yuri Khmlev. Daren Puppa, Grant Fuhr and Dominik Hasek were among the goaltenders during those years.
Alexander Mogilny was another famous player on those early Sabres teams.
Mogilny was drafted 89th overall in the 1988 NHL Draft and in 1989, he defected from the Soviet Union. That's why he wore number 89 during his NHL career.
Mogilny played with the Sabres from 1989-1995, before he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks due to money limitations. That trade brought back Michael Peca and Mike Wilson, including a draft pick that turned into Jay McKee.
During his six-year career in Buffalo, Mogilny scored 231 goals, which is the most of any team he spent time with during his NHL career, which ended in 2006. He also scored 76 goals in one season. Mogilny finished with 473 goals and nearly 1,100 points in just 990 games played.
He was a six-time all-star, goal-scoring leader in 1993 (tied with Teemu Selanne) and a Stanley Cup champion in 2000 with the New Jersey Devils.
Many consider Mogilny one of the greatest non-North American born hockey players of all-time and one of the best forwards of his era...yet despite being retired for 17 years, he has not yet been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The 2023 class was announced on Wednesday and once again, Mogilny has been denied entry into the hall of fame...
There is no good reason why Mogilny hasn't been inducted yet. He was one of the best forwards of the '90s and into the 2000s. He was one of the best power-play scorers of his era and nearly 500 goals in less than 1,000 games. He also won a Stanley Cup and made six all-star games, which would've been more had it not been for injuries.
Mogilny needs to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.\