Now that Dave Andreychuk will become the 11th former Sabres player* to earn induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame, here's a question to ask: What about Alexander Mogilny?
The numbers are certainly there: Mogilny had 473 goals and 1,032 points in 990 career games with the Sabres, Vancouver, New Jersey and Toronto. He had that unforgettable 76-goal season with Buffalo in 1992-93, a 55-goal campaign in Vancouver (1995-96) and six other 30-goal seasons. He also won a Stanley Cup in New Jersey.
Mogilny had 71 more goals, 43 more points and a better points-per-game average than Paul Kariya, who was elected. But of far greater significance, Mogilny was a trailblazer for Russian hockey: He risked his life to defect in 1989 to join the Sabres and opened the door for many other Russians to come to the NHL.
Mogilny has now gone through nine years on the ballot without being selected. It seems like he's getting near the top of the list of those who have spent a long time under fruitless consideration.
(*The other former Sabres players in the Hall? Dick Duff, Grant Fuhr, Clark Gillies, Doug Gilmour, Dominik Hasek, Dale Hawerchuk, Tim Horton, Phil Housley, Pat LaFontaine and Gilber Perreault).