He’s been waiting long enough.
The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee will name its Class of 2016 Monday afternoon.
Hamilton’s Dave Andreychuk has been waiting to be called to the hall for eight years now.
Actually, it’s long overdue.
Andreychuk played in the NHL for 23 seasons and won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004.
He collected 1,338 points in 1,639 regular season games and still holds the NHL record with 274 power play goals.
Andreychuk is 14th on the all-time goal scoring list, more than Hall of Famers Bobby Hull, Kari Kurri and Guy Lafleur.
In past years, Andreychuk has been looked over, partly because I believe the selection committee had slam dunk candidates that couldn’t be passed up.
This year, the crop of first time eligible Hall of Famers is lacklustre, meaning a large group of holdovers has a good shot at getting in.
That group includes Eric Lindros, Paul Kariya, Curtis Jospeh, Theo Fleury, Jeremy Roenick, Mark Recchi, Alex Mogilny and Rod Brind’Amour.
You can make a case for all of them… but only a handful will get in.
Let’s hope Dave doesn’t have to wait any longer.