Is Roberto Luongo a future Hall of Famer?

Cory Wilkins 6d ago
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A victory over the Buffalo Sabres Friday saw Roberto Luongo pass Curtis Joseph for sole possession of fourth place on the NHL's all-time wins list.

It's the latest mark in a long-running career that began with the New York Islanders in 1999 and sees Luongo continue his ascent on three all-time greats - two Hall of Famers, with the third (Brodeur) a shoo-in for enshrinement once eligible in 2018.

Rank Goalie GP Wins Cups Vezinas Jennings
1 Martin Brodeur 1266 691 3 4 5
2 Patrick Roy 1029 551 4 3 5
3 Ed Belfour 963 484 1 2 4
4 Roberto Luongo 973 455 0 0 1

But the feat also begs whether Luongo deserves similar recognition down the road. While he has had plenty of success finding the win column, Luongo hasn't cleaned up in individual accolades, especially compared to the three he trails.

Luongo has never won the Stanley Cup - his Vancouver Canucks fell to the Boston Bruins in seven games in 2011 - nor has he picked up any other trophies, save for a William M. Jennings win in 2010-11, awarded to the netminder who allows the fewest goals against.

That season, Luongo was a wall for the Canucks, posting a 38-15-7 showing through 60 games, alongside a .928 save percentage, and 2.11 goals-against average, as Vancouver appeared in its first Stanley Cup Final since 1994.

However, it doesn't bode well for Luongo that Joseph - who became eligible for induction in 2012 - isn't a Hall of Famer. Joseph never won the Stanley Cup, nor any major awards either, and he secured his 454 wins in fewer appearances than Luongo, doing so in an era that largely did not include the shootout.

Also working against Luongo is that the three goaltenders he trails also picked up other awards along the way. Belfour and Brodeur both took home the Calder Trophy in their respective freshmen seasons, while Roy was named the playoff MVP during three of the four occasions he hoisted the Stanley Cup.

Still, while Luongo hasn't found the championship circle in the NHL, he draws some parallels on the international stage. Luongo has been a top performer with Team Canada, securing five first-place finishes, including gold medals in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.

Most importantly, though, is that he still has time. Luongo should slide into third in wins in the coming months and - given the 38-year-old is under contract until 2022, along with the parity in the NHL - there's no reason to rule out a Stanley Cup, even for Luongo and the Panthers.