Re: Ryan Smyth set to retire
I'm really on the fence about his number retirement myself. Thus far the Oilers standard has been that you need to be in the HHOF to have your number retired (exception of Hamilton who was retired before Gretzky and co). Anderson was not added to the list rafters until he was added to the Hall. Kevin Lowe has not been retired by the organization (jokes aside he was a great player). I think its safe to say Smyth is not making the Hall of Fame.
Originally Posted by metaldude26
For me Smyth is the greatest Oiler of his generation. In a lot of organizations he'd get his number retired, including most organizations that are of similar age to the Oilers. The problem for him is that he is simply not on the same level as the guys who are retired (Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Coffey, Fuhr, Anderson). He was never captain of the team, never won a Stanley Cup (went to game 7) and never won a major award or 1st/2nd Team All-Star. Other than his longevity the majority of his on-ice success has been at the international level (World Jr. Gold, World Championship Gold, Olympic Gold, Spengler Cup Gold).
All-time for the Oilers he's: 2nd in Games Played, 5th in Goals, and 6th in points (behind the 5 guys retired). IF the Oilers decide to loosen their stance on requiring a player be in the Hall of Fame and they want a guy in the rafters that represents the generation after the dynasty years it should be Smyth. Whether or not they should I`m not sure about at this point.
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