The Hockey Hall of Fame will open its doors to the four newest members of the sport's most exclusive club when this year's class of inductees is announced on Thursday afternoon. But based on the strength of this year's collection of first-time candidates, some pretty good players are going to be left standing on the sidewalk, wondering why their names weren't on the list.
Mark Messier seems like a lock to make the Hall of Fame.
Mark Messier may be the biggest name among the new hopefuls, but he's joined by a bevy of all-time greats, including Ron Francis, Scott Stevens, Al MacInnis, Adam Oates, Igor Larionov and Claude Lemieux. Clearly, narrowing the field down to the final four won't be easy, and that's why we're seeking out SportsNation's expert opinion. Which four players do you think should make the cut? Vote for your four choices below.