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Time to review my 2007 predictions and pick the next class

Time to review my 2007 predictions and pick the next class
time-to-review-my-2007-predictions-and-pick-the-next-class
Back in 2007, I wrote a team-by-team column http://www.officialnhlco.com/boston-bruins-c-1_22.html assessing which players then on the rosters of each team would/could make the Hockey Hall of Fame. What I find during Hall of Fame discussions is that most people over the age of 25 undervalue current players in a historical context. This is not a surprise. People do it with music, movies and cars. Is what we see a fad? How can we tell if it is truly great and timeless? Hall of Famers are hockey Gods, right? We see players all the time now with every game on the Center Ice package and every goal on NHL.com. We see all the warts. I've never seen a compilation of Bobby Orr bloopers or a Gordie Howe Not Top 10. That is a crutch for discounting the current player. Many believe most things were better in Wayne Gretzky Reebok Jersey their past. Certainly, most older people do because they choose what to remember, negotiating the positive from the negative, and their past lives are so drastically different than today. People my age have seen our lives split almost evenly between pre- and post-Internet segments, which was probably the biggest seismic shift for humanity since the Industrial Revolution. Radio, air conditioning, indoor plumbing, moving pictures, records, TV, the Zamboni, Pong, cable TV and the success of vending machines accepting less-than-crisp dollar bills all changed life in a big way. I had most of those things, but I did live in the simpler, more human, pre-Internet age. Plus, my parents were born during the Great Depression. I heard stories and witnessed behaviors based on their poor- to lower-middle-class upbringing: conservative in financial decisions, value things, stay very close to siblings through adulthood and make things last. Thus, people of my age are hybrids. We flow with the exponential growth of Evgeni Malkin Kids Jersey technology at an acceptable success rate yet still view the past through a respectful and nostalgic lens. I like having 15,000 songs collected on CDs transferred to a single iPod. So, you have people who say there's no way Alex Ovechkin is better than Mike Bossy and people who have no idea who Mike Bossy is. The best we can hope for is that the younger folk will spend more time reading -- or even YouTubing -- about the past, and for some older folk to understand the difficulty in scoring today and the amazing evolution of hockey skills. Let's go back to '07 to see how my predictions http://www.officialnhlco.com/custom-nhl-jerseys-c-554.html held up and then add players who have joined the league or have had a major impact since. Included for each team is the player or players I picked in 2007 and a comment with each, followed by my take from today. So, who is a Hall of Famer on the ...

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