Marc-Andre Fleury Belongs in The Hall of Fame
By Patrick Hoffman
As I have written about previously, no one is really sure what the Hockey Hall of Fame is thinking when it comes to inducting netminders.
With that said, there is one goaltender currently playing that definitely deserves to be in hockey's hallowed hall. That masked man would be Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Back on March 12, Fleury picked-up his 400th career victory. What's more is that he did it against the Philadelphia Flyers, a team that used to torment him when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Like he's done all season for the expansion hockey club, Fleury was outstanding in this game. He made 38 saves on 40 shots and stole two points for his team.
Truth be told, Fleury is having an unreal year to date (March 14, 2018). He is currently 25-9-3 with a 2.15 goals against average, a .930 save percentage, and three shutouts.
In terms of one day getting inducted in the HHOF, he definitely should get in for several reasons. For starters, he has a ton of wins.
There are not that many netminders 400 career wins. Fleury is 13th all-time in wins with several Hall of Famers in front of him (7 to be exact....will be 8 when Martin Brodeur gets in).
Secondly, Fleury has three Stanley Cups to his name. He won one as a starter with the Penguins in 2009 and then two as a back-up in 2016 and 2017, though he was a big part of them winning both of those Cups as he filled in for Matt Murray when he was injured.
In looking at his numbers as a whole, they are extremely solid. He has a career 2.56 goals against average, a .913 save percentage, and 47 career shutouts.
Fleury has put up these kinds of numbers despite having several seasons on teams with suspect defense. He's face a ton of shots in his career and the fact that he has stopped 91 percent of them is very impressive, especially with the way offense has increased since the lockout of 2004-05.
Lastly, Fleury is still writing his story and is 33-years-old. He has a chance to add to his wins totals and further improve is goals against, save percentage and shutout numbers.
This guy deserves to be in the HHOF when all is said and done. Do you folks agree?
Previously, Patrick has covered the NHL for Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, About.com, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.