Jarome Iginla not named to NHL 100 list (because it’s an awful list)

As part of its 2017 All-Star festivities (and the league’s 100th anniversary), the National Hockey League has unveiled their NHL 100 list – a listing of the 100 greatest players of the NHL’s first 100 years.

Several prominent NHL legends are on the list. Not on the list? Calgary Flames all-time leading scorer and long-time team captain Jarome Iginla.

Let’s get this out of the way first: choosing 100 NHL players and singling them out as the best is tough. The process was likely going to be criticized even if the list was perfect. Because of the craziness of the list-making process, there was some concern that he wouldn’t make it. He wasn’t on TSN’s Top 67 Since 1967 list.

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But c’mon, no Iginla on the list basically invalidates the list entirely.

He’s 34th in points in league history. He’s 16th in goals in league history, despite playing in the Dead Puck Era. The 15 guys ahead of him include 12 Hockey Hall of Famers along with Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne and Dave Andreychuk – all future Hall of Famers.

Iginla has had 12 30+ goal seasons – 11 in a row, only interrupted by a lockout that shortened a season – and five seasons where he had 20 (but couldn’t hit 30). He’s not amazing now, but he was really good for a long time in an era that seemed to conspire against good players with a lack of obstruction rules and ever-growing goalie equipment. How many highlight sequences of Iginla during his prime involved him doing cool stuff with a defenseman draped all over him or with somebody water-skiing behind him?

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Finally, let’s remember – as people who had to watch this team growing up – that the Flames were pretty lousy for a good chunk of Iginla’s career. He played for a great chunk of his prime with a team whose scoring depth began and ended with him. Just imagine what he could have done with a half-decent supporting cast? He was a leading contender for several NHL awards between 2001-02 and 2008-09, and was a pretty damn good player before and after that peak period.

To quote Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski: “What he accomplished in his era is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Iginla’s not one of the top 100 NHLers in history? All due respect to the fine people that put it together, but any list of the best in NHL history that doesn’t include Iginla should be put right into the shredder.

  • This list is a travesty.

    Malkin is the 14th highest p/gp player of all time.

    Iginla is the 14th highest goal scorer of all time.

    Thornton is the 13th highest assist getter of all time.

    But at least Mike Modano, Mats Sundin, and Peter Forsberg got in. Oh, and Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Duncan Keith? Ridiculous.

  • Just facts

    I’m an Oilers fan but there is no doubt that Iggy should be on the list. Not many have displayed the combination of skill and toughness that he did. The fact that he never won a cup doesn’t mean that he wasn’t better than several of those on the list who did.

    • Dreadguy

      Oh man, ^^^this all day!

      Let’s not get crazy and say the entire list is crap, but not having Iginla on it is definitely a huge surprise. His skill, stats, and character speak for themselves.

  • brodiegio4life

    the fact that kane toews and keith all got in over guys like malkin iggy and big joe is a total joke, i’m not surprised though considering the league is obsessed with the blackhawks as shown by their yearly outdoor game

  • GodsGotSandals

    Iginla in his prime was unstoppable he could deke you wheel you or if he didn’t feel like doing either of those go right over top of you. All while carrying a franchise on his back.

  • Randaman

    I have a question, who are the so called experts that helped comprise this list?

    Eastern idiots for the most part, I assume? I guarantee Bob McKenzie would’ve had Iggy on the list. All those other blowhards can all pound sand.

    • Greg

      I’m guessing it was the NHL’s marketing department. Iggy doesn’t sell too many jerseys these days. The all star selections were also seemingly made based on marketability… still love Johnny hockey but he didn’t exactly earn that trip this year for example.

      Making “top X” lists are fun, but I hadn’t actually looked at that list yet and now I know I don’t need to because it’s clearly just meant to be marketing hype and not a legit debate.

    • Neddd

      He captained three Stanley cup winning teams (plus plenty of international success). I’m guessing that playoff success and being a part of winning teams factored allot into the voting process.

      • Scary Gary

        Malkin has two cups and he isn’t on there, plus there were only four Russian born players. This list is a joke and the NHL should be embarrassed to put their branding behind it.