That sound you hear? A ticket being punched. Martin St-Louis hit a statistical benchmark Friday that should cement his place in the Hall of Fame.
It seems silly to assign that much importance to St-Louis' 1,000th point. Would we really look at his career differently if he finished with 999? Probably not, but joining the 1,000 club might knock down an invisible gate for anyone questioning his Hall candidacy. Here's the goal St-Louis potted for the Rangers in Friday's Thanksgiving matinee against Philadelphia. It's not highlight-reel material, but it's beautiful positioning by St-Louis, who bangs in a rebound:
It's not that point No. 1,000 truly clinches the Hall for St-Louis, as he really should've been headed there anyway. He already owns a Hart Trophy, a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal (begrudgingly), a Ted Lindsay/Lester B. Pearson Award and three Lady Byngs. He's won two scoring titles, including one in 2012-13 at age 37, making him the oldest to earn the honor. Yes, a Sidney Crosby injury helped St-Louis that year, but the feat remains impressive. He's a one-time first-team all-star and a four-time second-team all-star. Of his 1,000 points, 905 have come after his 27th birthday. And he did it all as the league's smallest player this side of Nathan Gerbe. Juxtapose St-Louis' accolades with a marginal HOF case like, say, Daniel Alfredsson, and it's not even close.
It's quite the resume, even if his trade-demanding antics have sullied his reputation slightly over the past year. It's nice to see St-Louis join the 1,000 club, if for no other reason than it puts to rest any notion that he's not a Hall of Famer.
Matt Larkin is an associate editor at The Hockey News and a regular contributor to the thn.com Post-To-Post blog. For more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazine. Follow Matt Larkin on Twitter at @THNMattLarkin